I’m not sure if it’s laziness or rebellion, but I don’t. I know that I “should”, because it makes me look professional. I know that all the girls I know who are sharp looking, dress right, and never have a hair out of place wear makeup. I know that my face has been breaking out lately and those dark circles under my eyes aren’t getting lighter with age. I know that makeup makes me look older and I keep getting asked, with surprise, if I’m a real live attorney.
But here are the other things that I know. Makeup is expensive, it’s time consuming, it’s easy to go wrong with, and it makes my face itchy. At least when I put on the full-coverage foundation that I bought for our wedding. Yes, I usually use the Ulta minerals kit, but it’s like, I could do my makeup or I could spend ten more minutes in bed/running/changing my shirt to come up with an appropriate work outfit. I know that my lip gloss is too shiny and my Revlon colorstay lipstick gets sticky and gummy after awhile. I also know that I don’t want to have to wear makeup to be taken seriously, treated like an adult, or generally respected.
So I figure, I won’t wear makeup, and even if I have to work a little harder, I will make them respect me-as-I-am. I do my hair up nice and leave it at that, so I don’t look like the girl who doesn’t try. I will wear clothes that match and are clean. I will try to get my skin under control, because acne isn’t professional (and wasn’t it supposed to go away after I got out of high school?) I will remember to wear sunscreen, because, well, I need to. I’m very fair-skinned and I walk to work, which means spending a decent amount of time outside.
I might eventually look into some kind of tinted moisturizer. I might purchase a nice creamy neutral lipstick shade that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, doesn’t get on my teeth, and doesn’t leave marks all over everything (if such a thing existed, they certainly would sell a lot of it.) I might even ask for recommendations from you for how to look professional and put together, in the makeup department, if you are up for giving the advice. Right now, I’m using this as my only makeup, so until I get some good suggestions I can find at the drugstore on my way to work, I’m probably going to stick with it.