Thursday, 2 January 2014

The New Year's Resolution Every Girl Should Be Making...


Whether it be harping on about hairspray or blabbing about blusher, I'm all about keeping things rather light and fluffy on here... some of my peers may even deem it superficial, given the fact I'm a doctor-to-be.

I hate to sound like I'm preaching, but looking my best is something I take pride in... and it's nothing to be ashamed of. Having said all this though, us girls should occasionally take pride in looking not quite our best... confused? Let me explain.

For years and years, I used makeup as a mask... I've made no secret of the fact that school was a difficult time... I was a socially awkward, gangly creature with bad skin, frizzy hair and braces, so when I discovered makeup, it was a total revelation... and it got to the point where I couldn't even step outside my front door without it.

The years went on and I continued this way... having to cover every inch of my face in cosmetics even if I was just popping to the supermarket with my mum or to the bank to cash a cheque... I'd wear it every single day during the weekend and school holidays, purely because I was terrified a surprise visitor would show up at our door... even if that visitor was just the postman needing a signature for a parcel (yes, really). I'd waste so much time doing it, and yet I'd feel so much better for it.

As I've got older my interest in makeup has continued to grow (enough for me to start writing this beauty blog!) but my attitude towards it has totally changed. You see, now I really don't care what people think if they see me without makeup... and I realise how much more liberating that is. Ironic, really, isn't it?

Okay, I'm not going to turn up to lectures and hospital wards without makeup on... as I've already said (and blogged about), I think there is nothing wrong with looking polished, especially in the professional environment. But in my free-time, I'll happily go out completely bare-faced, be greeted by countless people I know and strangers that I don't, and not be remotely phased by who sees me. I've even gone sans-makeup on the world wide web... and guess what? It wasn't the end of the world.

It's a universal fact that 99.9% of us girls look better with a bit of makeup on... so unless you are in that lucky 0.1% (of which I am certainly not), why not just accept it? Take me: yep, I've not got perfect skin, my eyebrows aren't quite even and I don't naturally rock a dewy glow... but people have probably cottoned onto the fact I don't just wake up with perfect liner on my eyes and a healthy pink flush to my cheeks... so does it really matter if there's a chance any of these people see me without it all on? 

Even makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury has confessed that her own husband has never seen her makeup-free and I'm saddened each and everyday when I read someone on Twitter saying, "I've got no makeup on today... I can't go out." or, "Putting on some makeup to go to the gym." (FYI: SO bad for your skin!). Whilst the extent of Charlotte Tilbury's makeup deception may seem a little ridiculous, I do understand that we live in a world where females are judged should they choose not to put their 'warpaint' on.

 Makeup is a wonderful thing... Don't get me wrong. What is wrong is the way some of us girls (and I was one of them) let it dominate our entire existence.

So I urge you: if you are one of those who just can't leave the house without putting makeup on every single day, make 2014 the year you learn to go out once or twice a week totally fresh-faced and not care... because, trust me, no one else will.

4 comments

  1. So true! It took me a long time and sometimes I still struggle when I'm wearing no make up even when I'm in the house but I'm beginning to feel more confident without it so I completely agree with what you've written!

    Hallie
    knitteddaisy.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Great post. I'm trying to look after my skin more so I can feel better about being without make up in public

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic

    x

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  3. I actually love this post! I feel complete with my makeup on but at the end of the day it has to come off and there's no point trying to avoid it! Makeup is supposed to be fun and something you choose to do and not something that you must put on and people expect you to wear x

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  4. Thank you so much for your comments ladies... I hope it's inspired some of you to start the path to to feeling a little more confident in your own (makeup free!) skin :-)

    Ambi xx

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