(posted on Instagram – before the blonde! wearing Smith & Cult polish)
- Why do you (or don’t you) wear makeup?
- When do you wear makeup? do you put it on everyday, no matter if you’re just going to be at home or going to the grocery store, just for yourself? Or do you save it for special occasions?
- What are your 2-3 can’t-do-without skincare/makeup items?
- How have you changed your routine over the years? or haven’t you?
- Do you do your own nails? Or have manicures? What products do you use if you do them at home?
1. Why do you (or don’t you) wear makeup?
I don’t remember originally why/when I started wearing makeup, in high school probably, and maybe because I thought I was supposed to? I’ve always had a contentious relationship with makeup; it generally scares me. I dislike VERY MUCH looking like I’m “made” up in any way, so more often than not, I just avoid anything that’s not “neutral” on my face (like lip color…).
I’ve never really worn foundation or a lot of product on my face. And that’s not because I think I have beautiful skin and don’t “need” it: I have red cheeks and uneven skintone. I would just rather look uneven than look like I’m wearing makeup. And I’ve never found a product that make me feel or look like I wasn’t wearing makeup that also provided a more even, less red skintone. But also, honestly, I don’t care that much; I don’t think I have an obligation to look perfect, or pretty. I just want to look like me, whoever that happens to be at the moment.
What I do wear: Daily, I wear Josh Rosebrook’s tinted SPF, and sometimes that’s it. Lately, I’ve been adding more, just to go about my day, because I think it looks pretty, and I love to see my eyes more vibrant, behind my glasses: Kjaer Weis blush in “blossoming,” Kjaer Weis eyeshadow in Earthly Calm (I use it as eyeliner), Kjaer Weis black mascara, RMS Magic Luminizer (and if I don’t use eyeliner, I’ll use RMS master mixer on my eyelids).
I don’t wear lip color aside from gloss or balm. Not because I don’t have it (I have OLD lipsticks hanging around), but lip color is where I think the border is for me, between looking “natural” and looking “made up.” I love it, and the idea of it, but when I wear it, I often will look at myself in the mirror and think I look “made up,” or like I’m playing at being someone I’m not. I’d like to get over that though, because I could use a little color, I think, and I like the look, sometimes.
2. When do you wear makeup?
As I mentioned above, I don’t wear “makeup” every day, or hadn’t really. I would just use the tinted spf and call it a day under most circumstances (for working at home, running random errands around the suburbs, etc.) unless I was going to meet a friend, or “to town” LOL. I didn’t think it was worth it to “make myself up” just for myself, you know? But that disturbs me, and I am set on changing it. I have the same problem with fragrance; I don’t buy any because I spend most of my time working at home, so why use it just for myself? Why NOT?? I love the way my clothes smell when I use a fragrance, even the next day. And I love the way I look when I see myself in the mirror, with my eyelashes curled, and a little eyeliner or mascara. Why should I not enjoy looking at myself or smelling nice, just at home?
3. What are your 2-3 can’t-do-without skincare/makeup items?
Rosehip oil, rose balm, rose hand cream – notice a theme??
Since I started using rosehip oil a couple years ago (I use Aura Cacia’s organic rosehip oil that is less than $10 at WF or Amazon – until someone can convince me I should buy a more expensive rosehip oil, I’m sticking with this one….), instead of argan oil, I’ve noticed that my face is much brighter. I use it in conjunction with an Even Healy hydrosol spray, and I’ve been very very pleased with my overall skin health. Then if I need more moisture I’ll use Shiva Rose’s Glow balm (sadly sold out everywhere), which is like crack for your face, and you don’t need much. And for my hands, nothing is better than Osmia’s rose hand cream for moisture that sinks in, and doesn’t feel greasy at all. I HATE greasy hand cream.
4. How have you changed your routine over the years? or haven’t you?
I really haven’t…I did used to try new products way more often than I do now, but I’m really practicing being happy with what I have/use and not trying so much new stuff all the time. It was getting out of control!
5. Do you do your own nails? Or have manicures?
When I worked in an office I used to get regular manicures, but haven’t done for about 15 years. I do them myself at home, pretty regularly, with a few days off in between “color” for just a treatment, or to leave them bare. I keep my nails VERY SHORT and use some sort of cuticle oil every day because they’re abnormally dry and peeling/cracked.
My favorite polish in the past has been Chanel, but lately, I use more Deborah Lippmann or Nails Inc. I tried Tenoverten because they’re 8-free and cruelty-free, but the polish doesn’t last very long, only around 2 days, and I’m not very hard on my nails.