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More confident usually, sometimes about the same, and rarely less. The point of makeup (at least, at its base) is to enhance, so foundation definitely makes my skin look better, which leads me to feeling better about the way I look. It doesn’t mean I look at myself bare-faced and think I’m ugly, though!

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Yes and no. Yes, I usually feel better about how I look, more confident and happier with myself, but sometimes I’m paranoid I gave myself clown cheeks or crooked lipstick or something, so I keep glancing in mirrors and obsessing. But usually I feel better.

OMG! You make a good point. Usually, I feel more confident–esp when I’m wearing long-lasting makeup for a “natural” look with products I KNOW will work. But yes, I feel less confident when I’m using newer products or trying out new looks. (Is this new mascara going to smudge on me? Will this new bright lipstick bleed all over? Is this eyeshadow creasing all-over? Will this foundation make me break out or irritate my skin?)

For the most part, it’s a confidence booster only during times when I’m generally feeling low – like occasional spells of depression or when hormones are wreaking havoc on my body.  The rest of the time, I have no problem going without makeup.  It’s a hobby, not a necessity.  I refuse to let it be crutch for my self-esteem rather than just something I do for fun.
Albeit, I will admit that I do have trouble going out without concealer for my dark circles on days when I’ve slept poorly.  Less of a, “oh noes i’m ugly” feeling and more of a, “#@%!%&@# now everybody is going to ask me if I’m sick” situation.

About the same – I just feel like an enhanced version, not really better or worse. Just more polished and put together.

I’d say 99.999% of the time, it does. I like playing up the natural color in my cheeks or my eyes or covering up little blemishes, and that always makes me feel a lot more confident. that other 0.0001% is reserved for times when I’m wearing a new foundation or concealer where I’m unsure of the match or when I’m too heavy-handed with bronzer.

Oh yes sure but not always in fact. I love makeup, it’s colourful and pure luxury to me. Yesterday I was at a local Chanel counter, the Fall collection is so great I know I will purchase soon ! Self confidence but most of all love of colours, textures, looks.

I think it does. But thinking you look extra good usually does, and makeup does its part just like that pair of jeans that makes your butt look great, ot the heels that make your legs go on and on. It’s all about working with what you have and emphasizing the parts you like best. Would I leave the house without makeup? Yes. But a bit of concealer and mascara just gives me that extra spring in my steps…

Makeup is amazing stuff, but no makeup brush is a magic wand. Makeup can’t make me confident. If I’m not sure of myself, no amount of makeup will make me so. Makeup can act like a mask, though – something between me and the world – but confidence comes from inside. You can’t paint confidence onto your face.

War paint! Haha. No, it’s just I take on a different persona when I’m wearing my eyeliner. I wear it when I swim because I need some kind of ritual and some kind of war paint to feel like a warrior. I used to use Mac’s liquidlast as a temporary tattoo thing. I just draw a design and it makes me feel tough… like that one time I asked my teammates to draw angel wings on my back… and yes it stayed on. 🙂 I miss Liquidlast.

Yes when i wear make up i feel more confident and beautful. I also feel that my skin looks better when i cleanize and tone it so its all good 🙂

Sure, absolutely. I don’t think anybody could honestly say that it doesn’t, otherwise none of us would wear it, or at least not to the degree that we do. The artistry is one thing, and I know many of us particularly enjoy that aspect of makeup, but if it didn’t have some influence on our confidence (however subtle it may be for some) I’m sure it wouldn’t be such a large part of our lives. There is nothing wrong, I think, in saying that makeup makes us feel more confident, though I know many women are apt to deny that it does. I think there’s a stigma about wearing makeup for a lot of women that says you’re “less than” if you wear makeup (and I attribute a lot of this to the idea that “men hate makeup and prefer natural beauty”–which is silly at its core–and also to this Hollywood idealism that these beautiful icons created when they started their whole “i don’t wear makeup unless I’m working because I don’t need it”). It’s almost as though women who wear makeup are looked down on for whatever reasons people deem sufficient. But as you said, Christine, makeup was created to enhance and, by extension that leads to upping our confidence about our appearance. Of course that doesn’t mean that we’re not confident *without* makeup–after all, why shouldn’t we be?–but makeup obviously adds a little something special, if done well, allowing us to look like the absolute best versions of ourselves. I think it’s no different than wearing nice clothes, getting a manicure or even washing and styling our hair. Looking good helps us feel good, whether it’s by the use of makeup, exercise, a nice outfit or a hot shower, and I think that feeling good is an essential part of living life happily and successfully.

I can honestly say that it makes no difference. Maybe because I’m older, or perhaps because I’ve never had major skin issues, I don’t know. For me, wearing makeup is no different than wearing jewelry; there are days I wear neither, and I feel exactly the same. Granted, I didn’t start to feel this way until I reached my late-20s, but sometimes makeup just isn’t an option, and I still have to go about my life, and my attitude shouldn’t change. I also know many women who wear absolutely no makeup, and they are some of the strongest people I’ve ever known.

So I completely agree with you in that vanity helps us feel good and take care of ourselves. But I can understand the Hollywood icons’ point of view as well. The truth is, there’s a difference between looking good for your audience, and doing things that feel great for yourself.

I got a job as a sales rep and did some stage-performing for some fun. The reality is, it SUCKS to must wear makeup for over 40 hours a week (and to only look certain ways!). Now, I can totally understand why some people, especially Hollywood icons, would make a statement along the lines of “I don’t wear makeup unless I’m working bc I don’t need it.”

If wearing makeup feels like a mandatory part of your job then it becomes a freeing experience to NOT wear it. It will really feel like you’re really on your day-off or on your vacation. Bc you don’t have an audience (or the Hollywood icons will pretend the paparazzi are not their audience) bc you’re not onscreen, onstage, or hoping to land a business deal. Your looks are not necessary to enjoy a nice day-off.

So yeah, you and I may love makeup and feel confident when we wear it–bc otherwise, why would we be temptalia readers? But there are confident people out there, who only wear makeup if work requires it, but would not see the point otherwise. Their priorities lie elsewhere.

When I’m feeling confident, I’m more likely to put some effort into clothing and makeup. I’ll be like, “Yeah, let’s get the war paint on!” and put in some effort. Its fun! If I’m feeling sick or off-colour or not great about my appearance, my response is more likely to be to hide and try to blend into the background. So its not entirely true that wearing makeup is based on a lack of confidence in one’s own appearance. For me its generally the opposite. 

definitely…..i let almost no one see me without it…mostly cause of my very bad hereditary dark circlesthat you can still see a bit through make-up and my ‘spotty’ skin with blackhead(ugh, i really hate those..)

Makeup makes me feel more confident for sure…besides,that’s the whole point of makeup,isn’t it? but like you,Christine,it’s not that I feel ugly without any makeup on or that I refuse to go out bare-faced…also,for me, makeup is a creative way to relax…I find it very relaxing whenever I put on my makeup…it’s like a pampering experience that I offer myself!!!!!

It definitely can make me feel more confident. When I’m feeling under the weather, makeup can boost my mood, and I don’t have to worry about people thinking that I look tired/ill. I can also really appreciate those days when I don’t wear makeup and I feel just as beautiful as when I am glammed up.

Christine, you are not ugly! You are very blessed to have a natural beauty that does not need make-up, if you choose not to wear it 🙂
Make-up does give my confidence a boost. My mum has a friend who wears minimal make-up. She is a fab lady!! Her words of wisdom are “You don’t need make-up but a little bit of red lipstick doesn’t hurt!”

i guess it does. it makes me feel more “put together”. if i don’t wear make up to office i feel like i look a little less professional. I don’t care if I dont wear make up around to the store or shopping though.

Absolutely!  But I don’t think I look like dog’s breath without it either.  That wasn’t the case if I go back 8 months or so when my hair/nails/skin were in pretty bad shape due to the drugs I was taking.  On days where I totally felt like Haggis McBaggis, I would pick out a really powerful lipstick and just wear that.  No other makeup at all..just the lips and for some reason, it would make me feel better.  

About the same. I only really worry about make (foundation) when I know I’m being photograph. I wear eyeshadow without foundation all the time. It just fun.

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