For the past few months I've been primarily "Maintenance Free." This was caused by a particularly daunting beauty disaster I'd had back in August, leaving me without eyebrows. Yes, you heard that right. I had basically no eyebrows for quite a long time. They'd been waxed entirely too thin by a heavy-handed salon technician. I took to
filling drawing them in for a few weeks, but after a while I got frustrated and decided to just wait for them to get them back to their normal unruly state again.
This means I gave a big middle finger to the idea of wearing makeup, and I'm not even sure why. I think it was a combination of laziness and generally not giving a care. Though I was never the person to wear a full face every single day (I work with kids, there's almost no point some days), I decided to see how the no-makeup train worked for me.
(Not so) surprisingly enough, going without makeup is pretty easy. I thought I would be really self conscious going to school or the grocery store bare-faced, but on the contrary, I noticed I seemed more worried about my appearance when I actually wore makeup. I was no longer worried about what would happen if I rubbed my eyes, or if there was lipstick on my teeth. Though this didn't lead to any miraculous or ultra-empowering confidence boost, I didn't spend as much time nitpicking or fretting about my appearance.
I also started listening to my skin more. Without piling on the products, I noticed what my skin was telling me. I knew which parts were dry, which parts tended to get oily, and the best places to pay close attention to when I was expecting a breakout. Letting my skin "breathe" for a while was also a blessing as it lead to less acne in general, woohoo!
Without the extra product, I noticed that the things I liked about myself were still there without makeup, both appearance related and not. I'd always known that there was more to me than just my looks (and I really hope that all of you know that about yourselves too!) but not wearing makeup helped me realize that even more. Compliments I received seemed to be based more on merit than appearance, or seemed to be even more heartfelt when someone told me I had pretty eyes or a nice smile.
Through all of this, I still love makeup. I think it's a great tool and helps us highlight our best features or try something new and super fun. I think in the future, I'll save a full-on application for special occasions and give my face a rest for a few days each week. During my beauty hiatus, I learned the right routines to keep my skin and hair at their healthiest. All in all, I learned to appreciate myself more, with and without makeup.
Would you ever take a beauty hiatus?
What is your healthy face routine?