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I’m not defined by my pimples anymore. A breakout doesn’t send me in to a depression spiral because I have some fabulous concealers.
The more skilled I have become at covering up my blemishes, the less makeup I feel I need to wear.

I used to wear a full face to work everyday. Now, I just go with tinted sunscreen and concealer.

After learning how to apply it well and how to use great quality products etc, it makes me feel so much better about myself – it, along with a few other things, are making me build up my confidence bit by bit.

its makes me feel colorful i like statementish makeup that so it tends to be a whimsical feeling that i get, like glitter eyeliner makes me feel like fairy, bold lipstick makes my skin look more clear and brighter then it really is and it makes me feel like getting ready in the morning cause its fun and a boost i frequently dont feel like brushing my hair but playing with colorful makeup and the boost i get help me go through the whole getting ready ritual

It hasn’t, really. To me, makeup is nothing more than an accessory; while it makes me look more polished & put-together, it really doesn’t do anything more than a necklace or earrings.

I’ve never felt prettier with it, nor have I felt less pretty without. It’s just something I enjoy buying & wearing, but no more than shoes.

At my age, and yes I do feel old since I dont feel so sprightly, it really doesnt matter to me if I wear or not wear makeup. But I do own alot of makeup since my teenage years…I wear makeup mainly for work. I do believe people do look at you differently whether you have some or no makeup on. Makeup gives me the polished look and I dont even wear full on makeup…just enough for a polished look.
There was this experiment done where the servers in this casino got more tips when they wore makeup vs those who did not wear any makeup. I dont remember all the criteria for this study.

I would love to know more about that particular study, as there are so many variables that could have affected the outcome. Were the servers’ without makeup any different in the way they approached tables? Perhaps they were less “personable” due to their own perceptions of how they appeared without makeup. Maybe they just had crappy stations and/or customers. How long did this study go on, and did they switch things around, ie, did the server stations change, did they vary who wore makeup & who didn’t, did it go on for an extended amount of time, were different shifts included? I’ve worked in many positions, in several levels of restaurants in Los Angeles, and I found on days I wore no makeup had no effect on the amount of money I made (and I was always the “high girl”).

I read this in a newspaper regarding the study. I dont recall it being those scientific studies where you read in those research journals which I am familiar with. I dont remember all the criteria but I dont think this article spelled it out either. It was not a restaurant. It was in a casino in Nevada (not a big named casino) where those free drinks were serve….where they ask you if you want a drink while you gamble. So no money was exchanged. The result was that those who wore makeup was given more tip(total) than those who didnt were any makeup at the end of the day. I think they all wore the same uniform. If I remembered where I read the article, I would link it for you. But this was a long time ago. My take home message for myself…was to look polished in my job and I think putting some makeup on myself makes me look more polish.

I think it helps me enhance what I like, and improve what I don’t like as much. It gives me a way to put my best self out there even when my physical reality isn’t cooperating with my inner vision of who I am, lol.

I feel prettier, but I mostly feel a lot more confidant. I started to wear clothes I wanted to wear regardless of what people would think after highschool, and a couple of years later, makeup followed (even though my style is fairly conservative, in my academic environment, I’ve been judged for taking care of how I look!). It’s a way for me to have control over my own body and to assert my personality.
It’s one way (even if it’s neither the only one nor the main one) I feel empowered, and I think that’s pretty important.

Oooooo deep question…..I feel old sometimes, I look in the mirror and my skin has changed so I often have to remind myself that certain colours are…..unbecoming. But honestly yes, I use a lot less sparkle and a lot more shimmer. It’s just sensible at 43!

I don’t know, honestly. I feel prettier when I’m wearing makeup, but also insecure about it – I’m constantly worrying “is my blush too heavy? is my foundation streaky? am i shiny?” when I have makeup on. But when I’m not wearing it i’m thinking “am I shiny? do i have any color in my skin? what’s up with this mark on my cheek?” I guess it’s a toss-up, but I do think I’m prettier with makeup on. Which leads to a whole discussion of beauty standards and again, so not going there tonight.

To be honest, not really. For me, make-up is a creative outlet and something that I find fun to do. I’m certainly not going to feel any negative emotion to be seen bare-faced, especially since it wasn’t a confidence booster to begin with.

Definitely. I don’t feel like myself without make-up on. It has become a part of me. I guess you could say that make-up allows me to be the best version of myself 🙂 But like you said, as a consequence I do feel kinda ugly without it… And that’s not a good feeling.

Also, I had eye surgery in October and I’m not allowed to wear eyeshadow at the moment. I do use eye pencil and a little mascara, but that’s it. And for me, that’s a HUGE adjustment. I really miss my make-up. I miss playing with the colors and I miss creating fun looks. I think my eyes are my biggest asset and it’s sad that I can’t do much with them now. I just feel like I look so boring: always the same look, every day, for weeks now. I really hope my eye heals soon so I can wear eyeshadow again!

I definitely feel uglier if I’m not wearing it. I have nice eyes, but they don’t look right without at least mascara. There’s nothing wrong with my lips, but I must have some lip color on, even if it’s just tinted balm. I’m that girl in the gym wearing makeup, even though I’m staying in the women-only room. It started out as a fun thing and a way to look a bit more polished, and now it’s a necessity. And I love it.

I feel lucky to have good skin and good bone structure and so can get away with wearing minimal makeup. But I am still a makeup junkie and i love collecting blushers and lipsticks !! Ages ago i made the mistake of plucking out my eyebrows myself and they are very thin now so my must have can’t live without beauty item is eyebrow pencil/shadow. Every morning i shape my eyebrows, a bit of highlighter on my lids, a touch of blusher on my cheek apples and lipgloss or sheer lipstick. But I could survive with just my eyebrow pencil in the worst case ! I honestly feel naked with my thin eyebrows !

For a while I thought that makeup made me look pretty and without it I looked gross. But lately I’ve been trying to eat better in order to have nicer skin – and it’s worked. So now I still prefer myself with makeup, but it’s not a huge deal to me anymore if I’m not wearing it.

I wore makeup for years with only the thought of pulling a more professional look together and putting my best foot forward. It felt like a necessary chore more than anything. Now makeup allows me to find the creative person inside as I have more time to enjoy the whole process.

Strangely enough, learning to do make-up well actually made me more comfortable going without any make-up at all, For years, I only wore eyeliner, mascara, and glass and I felt so plain without them. Once I started experimenting with a full face (foundation, countour, everything), I got more used what my face is and see going without make-up as just another variation of me.

It has made me realize that glamour is something different than beauty. I wear makeup to feel glamorous. It’s not that I think I am ugly, but makeup, to me, is about the fantasy of glamour. That’s what propelled me to become a makeup artist. I think the whole procedure of getting ready is so interesting and special to every person who does it.

I wear make up everyday and I think that my eyes without make up are quite impersonal and featureless! If I put only mascara and I go out I’d feel a bit awkward! I change my eye-make up everyday depending on how I feel, on the inspiration and creativity I have at the moment…It rains today in Milan,the weather is gloomy but I feel good and I’m a daydreamer so I’m wearing a sparkling blue-smokey and it seems a starry sky! *.*

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