No Makeup VS Make Up

November 27, 2012

Make Up.  I’m one of those girls who takes her make up bag on the plane with her because if her luggage goes missing, at least she has her face…

Then again, I’ve suffered from chronic life-long acne since puberty and Im now almost 34 and still battling it although Im over the worst of it.  As much as I would love to leave the house without putting on make up, my skin has many battle scars I still havent been brave enough to show the world.

Tinted moisturiser is my friend! (I use this one). And mascara. That would have to be the bare minimum for me.  Without an ounce of make up I feel very plain and nondescript.  But then the other day, I was lounging around in my onesie after a nice bath and blow drying my hair and I noticed that I didnt look so bad without any make up on.  This is a rarity so I recorded it on Instagram of course…

I’d like to think one day I will look back fondly on this picture.  I’m 33 and people still tell me I look 26.  I am lucky enough not to have any wrinkles, just some fine laugh lines at the corners of my eyes, which is totally okay with me.  I think if you’re almost always laughing, then you can definitely age gracefully.

I’ve been obsessed with make up since about 12 years old.  I think I started dyeing my already blonde hair even more blonde at 13 and only went dark at 27.  I would avidly read the beauty sections of magazines and practice what I saw.  I found playing up my eyes really worked for me, but I felt my lips were thin and shapeless.  Because of this, I have always envied girls who can wear red lipstick, wishing I had the full, shapely lips to pull it off.

When I was in South Africa earlier this year, I made a new friend who’s lip colour I really liked, she put it on me and I was transformed!  Little had I known, that all I needed to do was find the right colour for me.  When I was in Paris, I decided to search for my very own, very first red lipstick.  I settled on Lancome’s Rouge In Love #185N Valentine.  Unfortunaly I lost it about a week later so I have had to settle on a Clinque red that doesnt quite cut it.

I now have my eye’s set on MAC’s Russian Red as it has a blue undertone which suits my skin tone.  The only thing is, I find lipstick really high maintenance.  While I can adapt to city life, I really am a farm girl at heart and having to make sure I dont smudge it and reapply it all the time is time consuming!

I do however, love the effect!

Wearing red lipstick gets you noticed.  Men appreciate it and women respect you for being so bold.  When I want that kind of attention, those are the days I wear it.  And armed with a lip liner, I can hustle up some definition for me to feel comfortable with wearing it now.  I really like how it makes me feel, grown up and in control.

Do you wear red lipstick?  How does it make you feel? What about wearing make up, yay or nay? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Yay to makeup but I have plenty of no-makeup days. It does help that I apparently still look like I’m twenty (turned 25 two weeks ago – yay!). I love a good red lipstick. I’m really pale and it just looks so striking.
    Good on you for finding the right red!

  • Up to this year, I hated my teeth. They were crooked and a great source of shame for me, so I never ventured into the lipstick fun, as I didn’t want to drag attention to my mouth. After I got my braces off last spring, I wrote in my bucket-list that I wanted to start to wear lipstick. I had no idea how to apply it, so the first times were quite a disaster, with a cute mess on my front teeth! I started low-profile (low-commitment!) with pale pinks and neutral, but soon escalated to full cherry-poppin madness! These days, I do wonder how I could go without for such a long time!

  • It’s so awesome when you look younger than you really are! 🙂

  • Yay for red lipstick! Im glad youve found your mojo darling 🙂

  • Kat

    LOVE red lipstick. An option you could go for is lip stain as it lasts ALL DAY, through everything, even eating. I use one from Sephora given to me as a gift, but I’m sure any will do. xx

  • Ooh! Yes! Actually I used to use Benefit’s Benetint, might give it another go when I dont want to go full high maintenance. Thanks for your comment 🙂