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Why I Don't Wear Make-up

Updated on January 9, 2015

"Maybe she's born with it... Maybe it's Maybelline"

Have you ever wondered why women wear make-up? Why there is such a thing as the "natural look" vs the "too much make-up look"? Where did this all start and why are so many women obsessed with it all? Well, I have a theory...

Women Wear Make-up For Other Women

Before you stop reading... Let me express why I believe women wear the stuff for other women. Most men prefer women to wear little to no make-up. They are visual creatures and make-up is a mask. It is a way to cover up so called "imperfections" and emphasize beauty. If a women is already naturally beautiful, why would you need to emphasize it? That is certainly not something the average man would say, believe it or not. That is something a woman would say.

When it comes to make-up, if you are in a relationship with a man who already has seen you without it, and you still find the need to wear it, you are doing so to impress other people. If you are happy with your man, who is there left to impress? OTHER WOMEN. See how that makes sense?

What if you aren't in a relationship? Does this statement change? No. Let me explain why. When a woman see advertisements of other women wearing certain clothing, using certain beauty products, and wearing certain make-up... All that "sex appeal" is geared to women, not men. Men aren't the ones buying the stuff. Men aren't the ones who look at these pictures and want to look like these "flawless" and air-brushed women. No. Women are the ones looking. They are the ones desiring. They are the ones seeking to reach that level of so-called "beauty". Next time you put on your make-up, look in the mirror and question why. Why do you choose to spend an extra 10 to 30 minutes each morning putting this stuff on your face? is it to "enhance" your natural beauty? Is it to cover your flaws? I can guarantee, in 95% of make-up using teens and women, it is simply to look better than other women. It is used to stand out to men. Funny, yet true story... Women who don't wear it stand out a whole heck of a lot more than the ones who cake the stuff on!

Skin Care vs Make-up

There is a huge difference between simply not caring about your appearance, and caring too much. The difference is skin care vs make-up. The skin care I am referring to is not only externally, but internally. Doing things like getting the right vitamins and minerals for your skin, drinking water over soda, avoiding fast foods... Things like that. Believe it or not, I rarely wash my face with soap. I rinse it with water and use oil to clean my face. The thing about skin on your face is that it is thin. Anything you put on your face is either going to age you, or fortify you.

I want you to look at the picture below. Which is more beautiful?

So, why don't I wear make-up?

I can go on and on with it but I will keep it simple...

  • Chemicals

  • Appearance

  • Attractiveness

Chemicals in most skin care products are not safe nor healthy for your skin. Parabens are the chemicals you want to avoid the most. What do parabens do? They lengthen the shelf life of the beauty products. They keep them from drying out or becoming smelly in a few weeks. What do they do to your skin? The opposite. While keeping the product from "aging", they age you. When you mix parabens with sunlight, you get a whole other world of issues, but I wont go into that. You can Google it for yourself.

The over all appearance of make-up looks bad. When you really think about it, it never looks the way it does in the commercials or ads in magazines. It looks cakey, misplaced, and over all unnatural. Even when you wear it in a "natural" way, you are still wearing it and it does show. You see, these ads don't tell you one thing... They have the perfect lighting, the right lens, and the ability to photoshop as they please. Also, these women have beautiful skin to begin with so of course these creams and powders look like silk on their skin.

And finally, attractiveness. I don't like attention. I don't like to draw attention to myself, especially from other women. Why? They are in this constant battle of beauty with each other. When I get asked why I don't wear make-up anymore and I give the response of it being "pointless" I get looked at like I have three eyes and a unicorn horn coming out my forehead. And again, men... REAL LIVE MEN - Prefer women who don't wear it at all. Health is attractive to men. It shows you can not only provide a healthy family for them, but that you will be able to care for them as well. It is all about instincts and hormones people! It's not science. Okay, maybe a little science.

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Bottom Line...

I spent years wearing it, practicing the techniques. Learning how to hide the pimples, the lines, the scabs... You name it. I got so good at it, it was scary. I got to the point where I wouldn't leave the house without any on, and that is when I realized I had a problem. I slowly wore it less and less. Eventually, I stopped wearing it all together. I say things like "I am too lazy" or "I can't be bothered"... But truth is, when I do wear it now, it looks bad! I will wear mineral lip color from time to time in a very pale shade, but that is about it. I use msm lotion or natural oil on my eye lashes with a eyelash curler if I look too tired... But yeah, that is about it. What I do now it practice the art of skin care. When you care for your skin it shows, and you honestly do not need make-up. I don't care who you are or how ":ugly" you think you are... Make-up will not take away or change those pimples. It wont hide the fact that you are aging each day. The redness, the uneven tones... They are still there, and you know it. Why not practice the art of skin care and show you care about your body instead of covering up the flaws and problems that show you don't?


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    • carolyn0210 profile image

      Carolyn 9 months ago from UK

      I do not wear make up at all. I do not like the feel of it on my skin and I would worry about putting certain chemicals on my face.

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      ii3rittles 2 years ago

      I like to use MSM lotion on my eye lashes with a mascara wand. Then I curl them. This give the same effect without the crud around your eyes and only uses your natural eyelashes.

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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub! I don't like it because....Well I don't like attention much either. What I do is put on lip gloss because I have to stay moisturized and sometimes I use lip gloss as a moisturizer. I do however wear just mascara at times cause I like to draw attention to my eyes. That's it.

      Funny thing though! The past few weeks I haven't worn any mascara since I ran out. Guess what?! More men have been noticing me and saying hi!!!! I actually feel more secure too. Who knew. :D Sharing. And good point about makeup verses skincare!

      I know this one woman who wears A lot of makeup and I kinda feel intimidated by her at times. She looks so barbie like LOL.

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      ii3rittles 2 years ago

      Thanks for your comment manatita44 :)

      I am glad more and more women are starting to pull away from it as well.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A very interesting Hub. I myself have never liked it. No, not for myself, and not for women. Still, I do not know neither do I wish to speak for men or women. This is just a personal view.

      I see girls fairly regular who do not use it, and they are still very beautiful. Excellent Hub, ii3rittles,