to wonder why some women don't wear make-up

(609 Posts)
MeganCherry Fri 11-Jan-13 16:00:33

I'm sure I will get flamed for this but -

I don't mean trowel it on every morning, 3 lots of foundations, eyeshadow, eyeliner etc.

I have quite good skin, so on a usual day I'll wear - mascara and a lipstick/glass. On a bad day I'll probably wear concealer too.

I think make up is about enhancing your features and making the best of them. Me after a sleepless night I look like a zombie, add some concealer and I look like a human being again.

I like to wear make up for me and not to impress my husband or friends or strangers. I just know that I look better when I'm wearing it.

RedToothbrush Fri 11-Jan-13 16:23:45

I think its weirder to be expected to wear it. YABU.

Its expensive.
It doesn't make you look better, if you don't know how to apply it.
What is this 'better' anyway?
It can actually prematurely age your skin.
Its time consuming.

I'd rather just be me and accepted for me being me.

Flisspaps Fri 11-Jan-13 16:24:39

Because most days I can't be arsed. My toddler doesn't appreciate it, nor does my 9mo.

By the time DH gets in, then any make up that I put on in the morning is usually half off anyway.

And for me, I always break out in sore, angry spots without a head when I've worn it.

Pascha Fri 11-Jan-13 16:25:46

Thank you Mardy.

msrisotto Fri 11-Jan-13 16:27:24

Haven't read the thread yet but instinctive response is because I look better without. My skin looks the colour it is supposed to look, my skin isn't matt, it's just me. Will go back and read it now.

Pooka Fri 11-Jan-13 16:27:28

If I feel like wearing make up I will.

Most of the time I really can't be bothered. My skin is OK. If I do wear make up it's to cover up tiredness, but again, only if I'd rather not look knackered.

BegoniaBampot Fri 11-Jan-13 16:28:08

Actually I think the amount and style of makeup many people are using these days is verging on downright freaky. Massive false eyelashes for everyday wear etc. it's like a mask, many women actually look much better with either minimal or no make up. I only wear it on the odd occasion usually at night. Makes me feel like a different person. I don't understand folk wearing a lot of everyday makeup when they have babies and young children - don't you smear it all over them. Was always kissing my lot and rubbing cheeks/ faces together etc.

Also do men look peaky, washed out etc as they don't wear it?

MrsWolowitz Fri 11-Jan-13 16:28:26

I get a bit annoyed at the insinuation that people who wear make-up are vain or have too much time on their hands.

Even when I had 3 DC under 2 yo (twins) I could still find time to put on a bit of make-up.

Its horses for courses. Some wear it, some don't. Neither is better than the other and I don't understand the occaisional sneeriness at people who choose to wear make-up etc.

For the same reason most men don't wear make up.

I feel great without it. Why would I spend money, time and effort on it?

PlateSpinningAtAllTimes Fri 11-Jan-13 16:30:09

Because 99% of the time I don't actually care what I look like (to a certain extent- I wouldn't want to go out with a big bit of food between my teeth or a drawing someone had done on my face whilst I was asleep but you get my drift).
The 1% of the time that I do care (weddings, meals out at posh restaurants etc), I want to look prettier than every day me, which is when make up is useful to me.

msrisotto Fri 11-Jan-13 16:30:16

You know, the fact that I am accepted the way I am, without pretending to look different, makes me feel less self conscious and more secure.

I used to have severe acne and wore shit loads of make up. If I was unlucky enough to get it back, I am sure I would wear make up again. IMO Make up is to cover your face, cover the real you - why? For me it was because of poor skin. I was embarrassed of me. I'm not any more and that is liberating.

FreudianLisp Fri 11-Jan-13 16:31:11

Sometimes I wear makeup, sometimes I don't. The world doesn't seem to respond any differently to me as a result. My friends and family and colleagues don't treat me any differently. And I don't feel any different. So it really doesn't seem that important.

Of all the regrets I'll have on my death-bed, I guarantee that "I wish I'd worn more lippy" will NOT be on the list.

OP. YABVVU. And shallow.

stopgap Fri 11-Jan-13 16:31:25

I wear concealer every day, largely because I get stupid hormonal breakouts along my jawline, and because I inherited knackered Neopolitan eyes.

Because I can't be bothered.

Jins Fri 11-Jan-13 16:34:46

I only wear makeup if I'm going out. I find it all a bit tedious for everyday.

Minty82 Fri 11-Jan-13 16:35:26

But Hillary has lipstick on in the no make up picture!
I wear make up every day because I prefer how I look that way. I feel more awake, confident and happier. That may be sad, but there are worse habits and it works for me.

LadyBeagleEyes Fri 11-Jan-13 16:36:50

I wear very little, a bit of concealer, eyeliner and mascara.
Otherwise I look like shit and a bit zombieish.
But it is personal choice

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Fri 11-Jan-13 16:36:59

No one looks at my fucking gorgeous face because my rack is so spectacular.

florilegia Fri 11-Jan-13 16:37:20

Good point, Minty!

Anniegetyourgun Fri 11-Jan-13 16:37:47

MrsWolowitz , I'm fairly sure the ruder comments about make-up wearing on this thread are intended as swipes at the OP rather than all make-up wearers. I'm happy that you could find time to put some on when you had small children. Most of us can find a few minutes here or there to do something we feel is important. To you, make-up. To me, a Sudoku puzzle. To her over there, a few pages of a novel. Whose use of their precious few minutes is more worthy? Why, none of them.

TheSecondComing Fri 11-Jan-13 16:38:12

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florilegia Fri 11-Jan-13 16:38:32

About Hilary, I mean: I thought her lips were suspiciously bright to be au naturel.

Not that you shouldn't wear make-up if you want to smile

Men don't wear make-up...do you wonder about them?

OP you claim to look like a human being when you wear it...so do those of us who don't not look human somehow?
You also claim to wear it for you, because you look better with it. Only because you can aspire to the highly unfair standards the media and fashion industry have set.

ElvisIsKing Fri 11-Jan-13 16:40:00

Journo. A crap one too!

TheSecondComing Fri 11-Jan-13 16:40:08

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