monday memo | on makeup


I own a good amount of makeup, a fact that confuses my guy. he seems to think that the amount of makeup I own is directly related to how much I think I need to use it. I know he’s being sweet and completely honest when he says I don’t need it, but it got me thinking about all the different reasons why people think someone wears makeup. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I’ve never thought about wearing makeup so that I can be pretty; I only ever thought of it as enhancing what I already had. it’s fun to be able to make my naturally petite eyes look bigger with an eyelash curler and an awesome tube of mascara. it’s fun to play up the brown in my eyes with a deep purple eyeshadow, or amp up a basic outfit with a strong, red lip. I think of it as an accessory, just like a scarf or a pair of shoes. sometimes it can give me confidence, like when I put on makeup in preparation for a big interview or a speech I was making to a room full of people. to me, makeup is a tool that I happen to have a lot of fun using.

it’s also a tool that I use when I want to downplay something, like the whitehead that just popped up on my chin or the honking pimple that decided to show up smack dab in the middle of my forehead. a little concealer goes a long way towards making that blemish a little less noticeable, for which I’m grateful…but sometimes, even then, I can’t be bothered to do that step, and I just live with it. it depends how I feel.

 I rarely wear a full face of makeup, and I don’t wear makeup every day. most days, I go barefaced save for a little moisturizer and curled eyelashes. this is partly because I’m lazy or short on time, but it’s also got a whole lot to do with how I feel about makeup in general. I wear it when I want to, not because I have to.

what’s your makeup philosophy?


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