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to be so happy with how much better my face looks with make up but annoyed with how long it takes to do it?

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Ciabattavonbreadsticks Thu 31-Dec-15 22:57:42

So today, I woke up and put make up on. I don't usually wear make up in the day (job is non customer facing and a not very make-up appropriate environment iykwim) but today was a special day (I got engaged grin)

My skin has been deteriorating a lot over the last year or so, I've always had pretty good skin but as I've gotten older I have developed horrible sore, itchy, red, blotchy skin that has destroyed my confidence and made me feel awful. Today, because I actually took the time to put make up on, my face looked normal and, dare I say, pretty for the first time in I can't remember how long.

I wish I could look like this every day. Only problem is, I have suffered with MH problems over the last year and sometimes the time and effort it takes to actually put it on, even though I know it will help my confidence and make me feel better, is just too much.

Aibu to love how much better I look and feel with make up on but just not be able to muster the energy to do it every day? and aibu to wish I could just pay a professional to come in and do my face everyday

Salene Thu 31-Dec-15 23:02:26

I can literally put a full face of slap on in less than a few minutes.

The more you do it the easier it is and the quicker you get.

Just keep practising 😍

Whathaveilost Thu 31-Dec-15 23:04:41

Have a search on YouTube for make up tips.
There are loads on there for every scenario including getting ready quickly.

comedycentral Thu 31-Dec-15 23:06:54

I do mine in a few minutes too, practice makes perfect!

madmomma Thu 31-Dec-15 23:08:46

Oh you are so NBU. But I find makeup great for my mental health, along with a daily shower etc. I agree with the above advice about keep practising until you can do it in your sleep. You'll get quicker. I have found that choosing a bare minimum of products and keeping them in a tub in the kitchen means I can slap it on while I'm pottering about seeing to the children in the morning.

knobblyknee Thu 31-Dec-15 23:11:20

No, YANBU. I was a tomboy, which was a good job as it turned out I was allergic to the perfume in just about every type of make up. And I got used to it, plus it wasnt appropriate with my here I am at 50 and I've never worn more than eye liner.
I'd love to be able to make up. I might actually make that my New Years resolution...

TheCarpenter Thu 31-Dec-15 23:16:49


I look weird in make up. I've heard you're meant to use it to accentuate your features, but I have "strong features" anyway so it doesn't work. I'm not talking a lovely Julia Roberts mouth either. grin

I'm sure you're beautiful with or without make up. But if you want to wear it every say why not just add one or two things rather than a full face if it's too much?

Congratulations on your engagement. flowers

Boutonneux Thu 31-Dec-15 23:33:07

What annoys me so much with make up is the effort involved in taking it all off again at the end of the day/night. Now I'm past 40 and need all the help I can get from my array of beauty lotions and potions, it takes almost as long to take it off and apply said lotions and potions as it did to put on in the first place. It's exhausting... grin

Mmmmcake123 Thu 31-Dec-15 23:34:15

I didn't wear makeup for a long time but I do understand that as you get older it can increase your confidence confused.
How about getting one of those mineral powder based things that even out tone to cover blotches etc.
Bare minerals is good and you just brush it all over your face with a big brush in less than 30 secs. Lil bit of lippy n your good to go!

Destinysdaughter Thu 31-Dec-15 23:37:31

YADNBU! I look like a dog without it but quite pretty with it on. I feel like I'm 2 different people actually. I think practice makes perfect, get the best quality you can afford and that suits you. It's so worth the effort!

RakeMeHomeCountryToads Thu 31-Dec-15 23:40:32

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Ciabattavonbreadsticks Fri 01-Jan-16 00:00:16

Thank you Rake, I'm so excited!

Ooh I've seen so many make up videos whathave, they are amazingly beautiful and skilled and I wish I could look like that but I just can't help thinking 'that must take ages, who has the time to do that every morning'? not helpful

Ditto the daily shower madmomma, another thing I often can't muster the energy to do but makes me feel a million times better. As soon as I do it I can't believe it took me so long to do it and how much better I feel. Stupid really!

Boutonneux, so much yes to that. My skin is so sensitve that if I used face wipes, even the sensitive fragrence free ones to remove make up it stings and burns so much and makes the red blotchiness ten times worse. The only stuff I have that works and doesn't sting my face takes 3 steps and aaaages to do.

I had some mineral powder but I found it just didn't cover the redness enough sad

I want to make the process as quick as possible but the main problem is my skin/skin tone, so I need foundation/base so:
Step 1 - Primer
Step 2 - Foundation
Step 3 - Powder

All this makes my skin look normal and nice but also pale and ghostly without any eye/lip colour (but any kind of blush is out as my skin is so red naturally) so:

Step 4 - eyeshadow/eyeliner/mascara
Step 5 - Lip stick/gloss

So many steps!

Doesn't help that I'm very pale and not many foundations suit confused

Whatsername24 Fri 01-Jan-16 00:14:31

Congratulations on your engagement! flowers

I can apply my make up in a few minutes, which is a good thing as I don't dare go out without it. Foundation, under eye concealer, smudged eyeliner, clear mascara (my eyes have a tendency to run and not even waterproof mascara stays on for long so I dye my lashes), cream blusher and lipstick.

Ciabattavonbreadsticks Fri 01-Jan-16 00:27:33

Thank you whats grin. Honestly I'm so excited I want to shout it from the rooftops and start planning everything straight away but I know I need to pace myself as it may be more of a marathon than a sprint.

Is it bad that I'm already worrying how my face will look in my wedding photos confused

remembermewhen Fri 01-Jan-16 00:32:55

I get you !
Look & feel ace with make up on,
Can't be arsed.
Sit & tell myself every now & again I'll make more effort.
Lasts a couple of days !

Morganly Fri 01-Jan-16 00:35:26

Come the wedding you will have plenty of time to put make up on. In the meantime, have you thought about consulting either your GP or a beautician about your skin?

If it's an allergy or sensitive skin, daily make up might actually make it worse.

pandarific Fri 01-Jan-16 01:00:12

Individual eyelash extensions have massively improved my life. I really, really love them - they make my eyes look big and beautiful, and are not at all tacky or uber-obvious.

And the BEST thing about them is being able to simply roll out of bed, shower, fresh clothes and ALREADY look great. Fecking priceless, honestly. Highly recommend for just simplicity!

Crazypetlady Fri 01-Jan-16 01:30:48

YANBU I am trying to find time with 7 month old ds atm he is a velcro baby I barely get time to put foundation on.I haven't even attempted practising contouring.

But if you can find time to practice do you will maybe enjoy it more just playing around.

Boutonneux Fri 01-Jan-16 02:39:01

Same here with the stupidly sensitive (plus very dry) skin, I've never found a make up wipe that doesn't burn sad

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Fri 01-Jan-16 02:57:42

Congratulations on the engagement! That's wonderful news. thanks

I have dry, blotchy red skin and cleansing balm has changed my life. I use the Body Shop chamomile balm in the morning and at night and within 2 weeks of using it, the redness and flakiness had completely disappeared. Unless I have a meeting at work or an evening event, I very rarely use foundation.

If you're on Facebook, search for a group called Mrs Gloss and the Goss - it's a fabulous group full of skincare and makeup tips. The product suggestions I received on there have changed my skin and given me a beautiful, glowing complexion for the first time in my life.

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Fri 01-Jan-16 02:58:52

Boutonneaux step away from the wipes! They are horrible for your skin.

VertigoNun Fri 01-Jan-16 03:06:07

I feel dirty with make up. Then it makes my face feel raw when I remove it.

Eyelash individual extentions are as bad as hair extensions, I couldn't wait to have them gone.

I don't know how people can stand this stuff on them?

Boutonneux Fri 01-Jan-16 03:28:19

Oh I know Annie, I admitted defeat a long time ago, they're no good for me! It's cleansing oil or hot cloth cleanser all the way for me!

Enjolrass Fri 01-Jan-16 06:45:51

I used to have the eyelash extensions. I love them. Just haven't had the time to keep them up. I think I am going to start again this year.

I know some people hate them but I adored them.

I can now get a full face on in less than 10 minutes for during the day. I am not particularly good at eyeliner, so evening make up takes longer.

That includes foundation and primer, eyeshadow, bit of liner, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick and some light contouring.

I do often go without make up but I do like wearing it.

It's all practise.

wizzywig Fri 01-Jan-16 08:53:24

I too look like a squashed hamster without makeup. I wish i could do without it but i cant

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