I used to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with make-up. In some ways I wanted to do away with it altogether – why should I want to cover up my skin or make myself look different than I do naturally? I worried that by wearing make-up, I might influence my kids to think make-up is necessary for one to feel good about their appearance. Would they start to believe that a woman is only beautiful if she wears make-up?
On the other hand, make-up can help you look more professional/formal and provide skin protection (which is very important in my super sunny location). Those are important reasons to wear it…
Then there was the practical side. Did I really have time for make-up? Was it worth a few extra minutes during my already-busy morning routine?
And last, but not least, the emotional side. I personally really do appreciate how make-up enhances my natural features.
As you can see, I can go back and forth on the subject.
After years of experimenting with different make-up regimens, I am happy to have settled on a basic routine that works for me and that I feel sets a balanced mindset to model to my children. I’d say I wear make-up 5 out of the 7 days of the week, and that my kids know I am confident whether I wear it or not.
I generally use:
- Foundation (my favourite right now is La Mav Mineral Foundation that is SPF 15)
- Something on my cheeks (usually bronzer for daily wear, blush for dressing up)
- Dark brown eye liner
- Lip gloss
It’s very simple, takes about 2 minutes to apply, and gives me the benefits of wearing make-up without the stress of using a huge range of products.
The most important factors influencing my routine were:
- The make-up is natural and will not harm my body (or the children/babies that come into contact with it).
- The make-up was produced ethically, and did not harm animals in the process.
- It looks and feels natural… and is simply enhancing my features instead of making me look like somebody different.
- It offers my skin some sun protection.
- It only takes minimal time to put on in the morning!
- I continue to feel that I like to wear the make-up, not that I *have* to put it on.
The decision to wear make-up may seem simple at first glance, but being intentional about why I wear it and what I’m trying to achieve has helped me with the everyday decisions of how much time to spend on it and what products to actually buy.
Do you wear make-up? What is your regular regimen, and why?
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This post is part of the series Self-Care for Mothers in which I discuss caring for myself amidst the busy reality that is motherhood. I believe in order to “be our best” as parents we have to take care of ourselves as individuals. This series is dedicated to sharing insights that I am learning during my own journey and inviting readers to share their tips as well. Check out the rest of the series by clicking here.
Bek @ Just For Daisy
Mascara and lip gloss makes up my daily routine!! If I get the time! 🙂 And I do try to use a SPF 30+ moisturiser too! 🙂
I agree that although not something I want to glorify it is something that helps me to feel that little bit better and my eyes to look a little less saggy!
Chelsea Lee Smith
Agree Bek – there’s a balance! When I was younger, I felt more pressure to look a certain way (and thus make-up came with some self-imposed stress) but as I’m getting older it’s easier to find the balance. 🙂
Kate Laughing Kids Learn
I really enjoyed reading this post Chelsea. Makeup has never really been of big importance to me either, but I think if you have quality products like these then it’s amazing the little perk it can give your day.
This post made me think of my mum who was at a time really struggling with breast cancer and going through strong treatment etc. She attended a wellness class where she was taught how to use quality products like these and it was just so incredibly heartwarming to see how much better she felt about herself. It was beautiful and very touching. There is certainly something about makeup that can change how you feel about yourself. She is fortunately in remission now.
Thank you and I’m very much looking forward to this series. 🙂
Chelsea Lee Smith
Kate that made me tear up. Truly make up can do some wonderful things. It reminds me of an organisation I recently learned about called “Look Good Feel Better” which does the same work http://www.lgfb.org.au/ Thanks so much for sharing xx
Christie - Childhood 101
I wear makeup pretty much every day, and have since I was a teenager thanks to uneven skin tone and blemishes. My routine sounds very similar to yours though – quick being the key for this busy mama!