After I Stopped Wearing Makeup, I Started Loving Myself

After I Stopped Wearing Makeup, I Started Loving Myself

I'm starting to find my true beauty.
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A huge part of growing up that we often forget is the ability to wear makeup and the desire for physical beauty. Starting off as little children, we watch our moms' carefully applying lipstick and mascara saying "mommy needs this to be pretty". We may even try it ourselves, smearing an abundance of different colors all over our faces, looking like a clown that had a rough night. We will get told, "wait until you are older".

Time goes on and now you're in middle school. We have hit puberty and so our faces are less than perfect. We have acne and braces and are just figuring out that we have boobs. This is so confusing and emotionally tolling that we want any fix we can get. We look at magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube to find glamorous people sporting looks with makeup. We think that if we just had some eyeliner and pressed powder, we too could look more normal and less like 13-year-old misfits. Now you are at the phase where your dad checks your eyes for black lines and gives you hell for trying to fit in. At this point in life, Dads are the worst. We don't see that we actually do look like raccoons, and our Hollister shirts are 4 sizes too small. We just want makeup to fit in. We wanted to be "cool".

Then you grow up, makeup becomes a necessary part of your morning routine. You learn how to contour and that needing 25 makeup brushes is worth the investment. You obsess over makeup tutorials and different release dates of palettes. We look to make up to make us feel better; feel like a woman. We, as women, spend hundreds of dollars on designer lipstick and eyebrow gel. It can take up to an hour to put it all on so we can look hot af, or we spend an equal amount of time trying to pull off the "natural" look. It becomes our identity.

Trust me--I was this person. I spent approximately $300 on makeup this summer. THIS SUMMER alone. And that itself is what some people spend in a single trip to Sephora. I have become a slave to the makeup industry. And don't get me wrong, makeup is empowering. It makes me feel beautiful and sexy and admirable. I love how it makes me feel when I wear it. But it made me hate myself when I didn't have it on. I would look in my magnified vanity mirror and obsess over how imperfect my face was without bronzer, foundation or highlight. I obsessed over my blonde eyelashes and my disappearing eyebrows. I was putting myself down without even knowing it.

After I decided that I needed a break from makeup, I started to stumble upon other people who have also decided not to wear makeup. The #nomakeupmovement has picked up speed and more and more women have taken to the idea of loving yourself as it is. Icons, like Alecia Keys, have sported the no makeup look, and let me tell you, it is so beautiful. She is so fierce, strong, and most importantly, authentic in her actions and her presence emulates that.

I am learning to love myself, and it's truly life-changing. By making this subtle switch I am slowly beginning to see my true beauty, not just physically, either. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states beauty to be "the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit". How extraordinary is the ability to be beautiful as a whole person, not just on the face or body? And don't get me wrong, I still look in the mirror and grimace, but it is becoming less and less frequent. Sometimes I even see a glimmer of the young me, looking wide-eyed and full of excitement. I have opened my eyes and closed my wallet, and I look forward knowing inner beauty doesn't come in a little-striped bag.

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10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

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It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

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My Hair Journey After Box Bleaching My Hair

Although it may seem cheap and easy, the reality of box bleaching your hair is disastrous. Professionals, this article is dedicated to you.

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In 2017, I made the disastrous decision to box bleach my hair that I am still paying for today.

It seemed cheap, easy, and was something fun I could do at midnight. Little did I know, this would be a choice that I would still be regretting to this day. Besides the awful reality of box bleaching your hair, such as the chemicals in store hair dye already being disastrous for your hair, if you don't know what you're doing you not only run the risk of damaging your hair, having your hair fall out, but could also seriously hurting your scalp.

Follow me on my hair journey over the past two years and use this article to look back on if you're ever bored and in need for a change. Wait to go to a salon!

May 23rd, 2017.

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I like to call this moment the calm before the storm. Back in 2017, I had long dark hair. I loved my hair and was very proud of how long I grew it. This is the longest my hair had ever been at this point in my life, and I absolutely loved it.

July 31st, 2017.

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This was the day that everything changed. I made the terrible decision to not only box bleach my hair but to add box pink hair dye on the underneath of it. Not only did it look terrible, but it was also an irreversible decision that was made that I would have to live with for the next few years to come.

August 12th, 2017.

Kasey Bauner, (kasey_bauner via instagram), who works at Jay Marie Salon and Spa in Schereville, was able to save my hair in a beautiful way.

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HALLELUJAH! My hot mess was fixed! Through hours and hundreds of dollars later spent at the salon, they were able to salvage my hair without shaving all of it off!

December 9th, 2017.

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A few months later, after some length came in, that's when the roots started to appear. After the first glace at the outgrowth, I knew that I would have to keep chopping my hair until the roots fully grew out.

January 5th, 2018.

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This was the first big chop I had to do since the box bleach disaster I did to my head. I knew that I didn't want to dye my hair back to its original color, so this began my repetitive cycle of hair growing out, getting a drastic chop, and growing it out again.

July 5th, 2018.

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In July, my hair started to show more length since I had to originally chop it. My roots were starting to come in the dark so I had to try and wear hairstyles that would discretely cover how much my hair had grown.

August 31st, 2018.

Another big chop when school started in the fall of 2018. There's something so disappointing about having to keep growing out your hair just to chop it, but unfortunately, that's what I signed up for when I got myself into this mess.

November 29th, 2018.

At this point, my roots looked terrible. From the back of my head, the roots were growing towards the middle. I had to keep reminding myself that I couldn't see the back of my head so I could gracefully ignore how terrible it looked. Aside from this awful outgrowth I had going on, the color in my hair was starting to settle into a yellow mess.

January 31st, 2019.

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As if I didn't learn my lesson from the first time, I started to experiment with different colors. I used the L'Oreal Colorista Semi-Permanent dye. I will say, though, this really is the most Semi-Permanent dye I have ever used as it would fully wash out in two weeks without any traces of color left behind.

April 25th, 2019.

I felt as though if I added different colors to my hair it would make the roots look more natural. As it did, I do NOT recommend the Kiss Tintation hair dye. This was the most patchy dye I have ever used, although I did love the blue.

May 12th, 2019.

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As of just a few weeks ago, my hair was a big green mess. The dye would not leave my hair, so I started to panic that I really messed up this time. I could no longer wait at this point as I felt the frantic need to chop my hair.

May 23rd, 2019.

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Here we have it! At the end of my journey thus far, I have managed to almost have all of my natural colors back! Although there are some green strands still left behind, I am mostly back to a full head of hair being the same color.

Overall, I want this article to serve as a warning to those who are like me and don't think through decisions properly. I'm the type of person when I want something I want it at that exact moment no matter what. My rash decision has led to poor self esteem and issues throughout these past two years. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. Maybe I'm like you who feels as though your hair is a big part of your identity and who you are as a person. Thank you for following my hair journey and remember: ALWAYS think through big decisions properly and wait to go to a salon to get your hair done!

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