Last Friday my husband and I went out to see a friend’s band play live at a club in Santa Monica. I seldom go out without fully doing it up, yet this time I put on a simple dress with knee high flat boots and brought a sweater. I applied a natural concealer under my eyes in the car along with some lip balm and didn’t bother to do any more.
Since I’ve run into choreographers, photographers, casting directors, music producers, etc. in random places like the pharmacy or supermarket, I got into the habit of always making extra effort to put myself together before going anywhere. I just thought of it as part of the job of being a professional dancer to look phenomenal at all times just in case. I’m finally at a place where I no longer believe it is necessary to be so high maintenance. There is always more than one way to do something and still get the desired results.
I openly admit to feeling insecure without glamorizing myself as I usually do that night. How disappointing to let something such as not wearing full on makeup take over to such a degree. Looking like an airbrushed magazine editorial is so unrealistic and I am one to know all about the behind the scenes of this industry, yet still bought into the hype.
It wasn’t until I took a photo of my hubby and I having fun dancing (the picture above) that I realized that I looked perfectly fine after all. I didn’t need the heels or full makeup! I was freaking out in my head over nothing!
I realized that evening that wearing makeup consistently brings a false confidence.
Years ago I would wear some bronzing powder and tinted lip balm and go about my day. I didn’t fuss with makeup until I started working in cosmetic retail where “wearing a full face” was part of the job. Since then I haven’t completely gone back to those simpler days of luminous powder and tinted lip balm. To be honest I miss it.
My appreciation for makeup recently diminished when I realized how it initially made me feel to be without it that evening. It seemed almost lazy to be makeup free for a night out dancing with the hubby. Now I see this as the perfect time for me to make peace with my bare makeup-free face and change my tweaked perspective.
I’m not at all saying that makeup is a bad thing. I’ve found some amazing organic makeup lines, yet I do want to take my power back and feel beautiful again without it.
I recently came across a 3-in-1 organic moisturizer that moisturizes the skin, acts as a primer under makeup if you choose to wear it, and also gives the skin a luminous finish. Having a beautiful complexion does make me feel confident, and if there is an organic product that helps to create that flawlessness without makeup I’m all for it. What’s even better is that this product will also be in a Minimalist Beauty GIVEAWAY for Friday!
So I’m thinking of doing a simple experiment of going makeup free for a week to help get over this false confidence/dependance. If you’d like to join me please comment below. Would love to hear what you think about this regardless!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)