The morning of my shoot, I tired to remember the last time I left the house with no makeup on. At 32, I truly couldn't. After getting dressed, I looked in the mirror and asked, "That's it?" I was done and ready to leave. Despite the (perfectly timed) pimple and blemishes, I couldn't hide that day. I got a little nervous. I've always kept my makeup application simple so I never really leave the house barefaced. I've been known use a little makeup even when hiking or on beach days. For the SPF, of course! I'm generally a confident person, but today, my confidence was tied directly to how I would be presenting my bare face to the world.
You are left very vulnerable if makeup has been a clutch throughout the years. And, yes, it can be scary putting it all out there for the world to see. I believe that is how many women of any age define their need for makeup. Makeup itself doesn't define a person, but makeup is directly tied to how it makes you feel. Women may need a boost or a little extra touch up here and there at different points of their lives for different reasons. There is no right or wrong answer. There is no more beautiful from one person to another. The reasoning behind the makeup should be left to the person within.
I don't always want the hassle of my full makeup "routine" when I see my husband can roll out of bed and be out the door in less than 15 minutes, but I personally enjoy the results of that little extra effort in my mornings. It's that little confidence boost of not worrying about that pimple in my meetings or those blemishes when I'm out. By the end of the day when most of the make up has worn off and is washed away, I know I am still the same person on the inside