To me, there's a lot I unpack when it comes to makeup. Why do we wear it and what do we get out of it? What's the history of it? How much are we willing to spend? What exactly is in our makeup and do we care? What about that packaging? Recycling? Why don't more companies provide recycling options? Why on earth are there still microbeads in products? How safe is the makeup we wear? How does it affect our health? These are all questions that matter to me.
In the last few years it occurred to me that I'm more familiar with myself wearing makeup than without it. I feel like I'm not fully dressed without it and on one hand I'm fine with that, but on the other, I decided to become more familiar with my face without foundation, without mascara. I didn't want that image to be a stranger.
But I love makeup. I love the colors, the way it can play with the light, and hell the right eyeliner color and blush is the zig to my zag (groan alert!). I love makeup as a way to enhance and reflect my personality, but after traumatic acne as a teenager I'm highly attuned (obsessed?) with skin health. Blueberries, turmeric, miso, avocados, sardines. Exercise. Sleep. I have to nourish myself from the inside out because if I'm not doing that I've learned that my makeup isn't going to do a damn thing.