Are your standards slipping as we continue in lockdown? While, during ‘normal’ times you won’t see me out and about in public without my face it doesn’t feel as necessary for online meetings. It actually seems a bit odd to be sitting at home fully made up.
I reckon I’ve had more make-up free days in the past few weeks than any other time in my adult life.
I’ve always loved make up and wear it most days. It’s part of my identity and I wear it for me, not for anyone else. I like the way it changes my appearance.
I actually find the process of applying it quite meditative. My full routine takes me about twelve minutes and that’s the full works: foundation, eye make-up, lipstick, the lot. I play around with colour on my eyes but mainly stick with the same application process.
I have a 3-minute version and a 5-minute version too – it depends on what I’m doing that day. This is what I’m sticking to more and more these days – very light, just a couple of products yet still adding a bit of definition to my features.
If I were going ‘out out’ in the evening, then I’d make my eye makeup more dramatic.
For other occasions when I need it be long lasting then I’ll take more time and apply it, in layers, so it lasts all day without needing to be reapplied.
Whether you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in between, there’s no denying the fact that make-up can help some of us feel more confident.
I often find, though, that many women would like to wear make-up but aren’t sure how to apply it. They feel intimidated by the store assistants and don’t want to ask for advice or sit on a stool in the middle of a busy store while they have several layers applied – a primer for this, a primer for that, etc.