Need some reasons to wear less makeup today? How many times have you heard "You're going to regret wearing that much makeup one day"? Or, the exact opposite, "Why don't you wear makeup?"
Girls grow up being told to put on makeup because their natural beauty isn't enough, while also being told that makeup is bad for the skin. However, despite all the scientific facts and the words of others, there are personal reasons to wear less makeup today.
1. You Should Wear Less Makeup if You Are Wearing It to Fit What Others Want You to Be
People will never be happy. They will continue to ask more and more of you until you have nothing to give. People will think you need to improve no matter what you do. That can be a depressing fact of life or it can be the thing that inspires you to live for yourself.
You can wear makeup for you. There is nothing wrong with wanting to accent your features. There is nothing wrong with putting, what you consider, your best self forward. But if you wear makeup for your boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, or family you will spend your whole life striving to reach something that will never fill that hole.
It feels good when whoever you're trying to impress notices your efforts. It will feel great for a moment until you realize that you went through so much for a short "You look nice" or "I like your makeup". Then you create a precedent for yourself where every day you are trying to get a better compliment than the last.
It feels even worse when the person you are trying to impress says nothing. This is one of the top reasons to wear less makeup today.
2. You Should Wear Less Makeup if You Are Hiding from Yourself
You hear it way too often: "The only opinion that matters is your own." Or, maybe you don't hear it enough. If you don't, I am saying it to you right now.
We are all guilty of getting a pimple or a cold sore and trying to cover it throughout the day. We try to cover it with our hands, with our clothes, with makeup, or by making sure people can only see the "good" side. But, most of the time other people don't notice this small imperfection. They only notice it when you bring attention to it.
More than that, the people that truly love you won't judge you for not looking your "best". Our worst mistake is telling ourselves that others will judge us when we are the culprits. You should wear less makeup so you can face that reality and learn to be accepting of yourself.
3. You Should Wear Less Makeup if You Don't Love Yourself
This is more personal than the last reason. If you don't love yourself, makeup is not going to help. The superficial is not what you need to learn to love.
I think everyone has been in a situation where you take notice of someone because of their physical appearance and then learn that they are not a very good person. Do you hang out with people because they are beautiful? Or do you hang out with people because the person inside is beautiful?
As you grow up and leave the safety of school and then home, you truly begin to learn that you only have yourself. You are always with yourself. But it can take a long time to learn to love yourself. Some people love themselves for a long time and one day wake up and realize they don't recognize themselves anymore.
This isn't just a teenage problem. This isn't just a young adult problem. This is everyone's problem. This is a woman problem. We live in a world where we are compared to every other woman by those around us. And if that isn't enough, we are compared to what a woman "should be".
If we all fit that ideal, the world would be a boring place.