8 Reasons Why I Don't Wear Makeup
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

8 Reasons Why I Don't Wear Makeup

Because as many of you who know me know, I don't wear makeup - ever

641
8 Reasons Why I Don't Wear Makeup
F3Y

Many women in the United States wear makeup, whether it’s mothers, sisters, aunts, friends, classmates, teachers - maybe even you. According to surveys reported in both prnewswire.com and statisticbrain.com, 58 percent of girls ages eight to 18 wear makeup and 65 percent of them started when they were between eight and 13 years old. As said by prnewswire.com, 27% of girls who wear makeup rarely or never go outside without putting on at least some makeup.

As many of you who know me know, I don’t wear makeup - ever. I did play with makeup as a child, as many little girls do, messing around with kid’s blush, nail polish, and the like. I even enjoyed doing so as a child, which may surprise those of you who know of my aversion to makeup. However, I lost interest at around 10 years old and stopped, shoving my makeup bag into the back of my closet and forgetting about it.

When I became a teenager just a few years later, many of my fellow classmates began to wear makeup; however, I still decided not to wear it because I both didn’t realize that girls my age were wearing makeup and I just didn’t feel like doing so. A couple of grades later, when even more girls began to wear makeup, I took more of a misguided feminist approach, assuming that most, if not all, girls who wore makeup did so due to the patriarchal system. I learned later that that isn’t exactly true and that many, if not most, girls put on makeup for themselves. Yet, I still didn’t want to wear makeup and thus had to reevaluate why, realizing along the way that some of these current reasons probably existed in conjunction with my ill-informed feminist notion.

1. I’m stubborn and refuse to change

I don’t like changing my old ways, unless or until they prove unreasonable (and even then, sometimes I’m hard-pressed to change). Since not wearing makeup isn’t unreasonable, I haven’t added makeup to my daily routine. With that same reasoning, I still watch Disney movies – no shame!

2. I’m a night owl who loves her sleep

I love going to sleep late and waking up late, so I’d rather sleep in for the extra hour or half hour, than spend that time putting on makeup. I find it hard enough to wake up for the multiple 8 a.m. classes that I stupidly thought I could handle (as if I needed any more confirmation that I’m a night owl). At that time of day, all I want to do before class is brush my teeth, throw on clean clothes, and grab my packed-the-night-before backpack.

3. I have other ways that I’d prefer to spend my free time

I don’t want to take a lot of time to put on makeup and/or learn how to do so correctly. According to Bust.com, most women spend two weeks worth of time out of every year putting on makeup - that’s 336 hours! I’d prefer to spend that time (and the time that I’m not doing homework or in class) doing things like reading, writing, or hanging out with friends. Besides, if I’m going to be on YouTube, I’m not going to be watching YouTube makeup tutorials - I’ll be watching Buzzfeed videos or listening to Pentatonix!

4. I don’t want to have to worry about messing up my makeup during the day

There are so many ways in which different kinds of makeup can get messed up over the course of a day. I don’t want to have to touch up or redo my makeup over the course of the day because I messed it up. For whatever reason, I tend to yawn a lot and when I yawn, I tear up a little. I don’t want to have to worry that my tears are messing up my eyeliner and I also don’t want to have to reapply lipstick every time I drink something and leave a lipstick mark on my cup.

5. I don’t want to have to remember to take off my makeup at the end of the day

I’ve heard that you’re supposed to remove your makeup before you go to sleep, and I know that a lot of people do. There have been many nights where I’m so tired that I’ve accidentally fallen asleep at home on the couch downstairs. As such, and as a tired college student who is also a night owl, I don’t want to have to increase the number of things to do before bed. I’d honestly most likely forget and wake up every morning with a pillowcase stained with yesterday’s makeup.

6. I have sensitive skin and don’t want to aggravate it

There are many makeup products which could react badly with my skin and I don’t want to risk it. My skin can be very sensitive and dries out quickly, especially in the winter, so I don’t want to add products to my routine that could worsen my skin and dry it out even quicker.

7. I don’t want to spend money on makeup

According to statista.com, the revenue of the cosmetic industry has risen from $47.84 billion in 2006 to $62.46 billion in 2016. This boils down to a lot of money spent on makeup per person; in fact, based on Bust.com, “the average woman will spend $15,000 in her lifetime on makeup.” As a college student, I need to save money for four years of tuition, way too many multiple-hundred dollar textbooks and lots of Starbucks coffees (when I start drinking coffee to stay up late writing papers).

8. I just don’t want to want to wear makeup

For me, the main reason that I don’t wear makeup is that I just don’t want to. If you wear makeup and like doing so, I’m not telling you to stop, but I’m saying that for me, I don’t personally like it. I guess many girls around age eight to eighteen decide that they want to start wearing makeup, but as for me, I’m fine with a little soap, water, moisturizer, and Chapstick.
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

Founders Of Color: Rec Room's Dre Taylor On What Blackness Can Look Like And Not Working For Free

"It mattered to me that when we were depicting racial diversity for Rec Room, we showed the broad spectrum of what Blackness can look like."

Rec Room

The world of sustainable fashion is inundated with marketing gimmicks, false advertising, and large corporations cutting corners — Rec Room is the pure antithesis of that.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dunkin' just announced that they'll be releasing their fall menu earlier than ever — set to debut on August 19 — and that it'll include new menu options this season, including a new signature pumpkin spice latte. Let me just say, Starbucks has some fall-menu competition now.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

CBD Lip Balm Is The Calming Presence You Need In Your Life, Trust Me

I tried lip balm, sleep gummies, and an oil dropper from CBDistillery. Here's the final verdict.

@lilyjmoe

CBD has been on making waves within the wellness space for the last few years. Generally related to the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, it's growing easier to find small CBD companies who are making products specifically designed to fit your needs. As FDA rules for CBD production can be a little hazy, it's true that not all CBD products are created equally. That's why it's important to look into the manufacturing of whatever you're deciding to try, especially if you're new to taking CBD.

As someone who has tried a variety of CBD products — some victories, some failures — I was thrilled when CBDistillery sent me a package of their favorites. They included a Broad Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture, their Nighttime Gummies, and a CBD Lip Balm.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Went To Disney For The First Time Since COVID-19 And It's Officially The Cleanest Place On Earth

I stopped focusing on the pandemic simply because, for the first time in months, I felt safe.

After a few months of self-quarantining, becoming suspicious of every cough, and blowing through masks like a medical school student, restrictions due to the pandemic are easing up a bit and businesses are warily reopening. While these public spaces may look the same on the outside, the way they function and operate is vastly different than a few months ago.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 At-Home Therapy Tips You Need, No Matter What Your Therapy Routine Is

Whether you're in a Zoom session or live-chatting, make sure your home therapy space is good to go.

No matter what stigmas you held about therapy before this year, I'm sure 2020 has affirmed that we could ALL use a nice long therapy session. Between wildfires that took over an entire continent, a global health crisis, and what's sure to be one giant circus of an election in the United States, we need help and we need it now.

The fact of the matter is, therapy has been a helpful, valid resource long before the world decided to become one giant dumpster fire. Having a safe space to discuss what's going on in your life, worries you have, and struggles you're facing has become a very normal thing for individuals' mental health.

Keep Reading... Show less

When it comes to wedding planning, each and every detail is customized to the style of the couple. From venue and decorations to food and beverages, nothing gets overlooked — whether your wedding is big, small, or virtual.

The same thing goes for invites, which are getting more and more beautiful every wedding season. If you're looking to customize your wedding invitations, the options are endless... you can add pictures if you wish, opt for fancy artwork, or keep it simple with just text).

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

23 Burning Questions We Have For The Taureans In Our Lives, Answered By A Taurus

The remaining 11 signs took the bull by the horns, and it was a fun and insightful experience!

Jordyn Leach

Lately, I've been digging deeper into astrology and studying my sign. Throughout the journey, it's come to my attention that Taurus are probably one of the most complicated signs - that is, if you're not a Taurus.

To gain a little more perspective on how my sign is viewed by the others, I requested that the participants submit a question in response to the following:

Keep Reading... Show less
Universal Pictures

A music enthusiast like myself has a playlist for every mood. Life's a movie and you're the main character. In no specific order, listen to these songs to feel on top of the world!

Pro Tip: turn your crossfade up to 3 seconds for a seamless transition between each song!

Keep Reading... Show less

It's the most wonderful time of the year again — it's sorority recruitment season! While recruitment can be a fun and memorable experience, it can also take a toll on your mental health, especially this year, considering the special circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few reminders to keep in your mental health toolkit during recruitment week to help keep your mental health at bay during this unique experience.

Keep Reading... Show less

We've all been there. You see that super cute guy on your dating app of choice, his bio is funny, and then, the gut-wrenching feeling hits when you see their political views don't exactly line up with yours. He loves Trump, you can't stand him, or vice versa.

A lot of people will say you can get over politics, but I know from personal experience, as well as this survey, that politics play a huge role in whether a relationship will work or if we're even willing to swipe right on that profile.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments