Faceless: A Tale of Less Makeup

As I’m working on paring down, I noticed something that bothers me a little bit every morning: my three “tubs” of makeup. I also have a tub of body sprays (some from high school still), a tub of nailpolish and another tub of hair care products that are so expired I’m pretty sure they have an alcohol content now.

I decided to do something about it. So, I said goodbye to my concealers and my absurd eyeshadow colors. I said goodbye to a few crusty nailpolishes and to old lipstick (why did I have gold lipstick? Anyone? Why?)

This is my entire makeup collection now:


How many products and dyes do you put on your face every morning? I know I used to wear a lot, but I lost my enthusiasm for anything but mascara when I started up with early 8AM classes in college. I find it so interesting that makeup plays such a vital role in so many women’s lives…what can you go without?

A recent article explored the notion that wearing makeup isn’t even a question anymore in today’s world – if you work or play in public, the default is to wear makeup. It’s considered good grooming. It’s standard to try and look like someone or something that you are not. Is that strange to anyone?

Here’s a challenge for you: pick one or two of your most essential pieces of makeup and wear only that for a whole week. I think it suits everyone, and ย it may even encourage people to eat healthy and exercise to avoid epic breakouts. No more paint for this face, except for special occasions!


7 thoughts on “Faceless: A Tale of Less Makeup

  1. Hey Emily! This is my first visit to your blog! I had to comment on this post because I’m a huge makeup lover and beauty person. I guess it’s just a matter of doing what makes you feel good, right? For me, putting on makeup is a pleasant ritual that makes me feel happy and confident, but kudos to you if you feel happier without! Guess it just goes to show that the world is full of all kinds of different people, all of whom deserve respect and joy. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great holiday weekend, and I’m sure I’ll see you at work soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I so agree, it’s become hard to go ‘all natural’ because being made up is the norm these days.

    For the sake of minimalism, I also paired it down to – hold on – mascara, brow- & eyeliner. That’s it! and for emergencies, a coverup stick. Pfew. Saves me so much fussing in the morning.

    Must confess I do have some extra make-up in a drawer for parties and all, such as eye shadow and blusher, but I barely use it ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for sharing your ideas on the subject!

    Oh btw, I now use the Oil Cleansing Method for my face, with castor oil and jojoba oil, also a very interesting and simplified way of skin care! Do you know of it?

    • That’s fantastic! It’s so much easier and makes getting ready in the mornings much less stressful. I also have a little stash of party make-up hidden away ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have never heard of the Oil Cleansing Method! I’ll definitely have to check it out. I’ve been using cotton balls with witch hazel, followed by rose water (LOVE the smell!) to clean my face!

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