Do Some Women Actually Go Without Makeup?

Maybe the reason it took me so long to use makeup was because my mother didn’t. I remember her using Pond’s face cream and lipstick and that’s all. I don’t remember her even using mascara. I recall as a young

There's choices to make when applying makeup.

There’s choices to make when applying makeup.

mother, in my twenties, a neighbor, who was also an Avon representative, finally gave up on me as a customer. After another “no sale” visit, she left me saying, “You just don’t need any makeup.” I think that was meant as a compliment!! What she didn’t realize was that with a family of five children, makeup, except lipstick, wasn’t in the budget. It wasn’t, too many years ago, that my daughter said, “Mom, don’t you ever line your eyes?” No, I didn’t but when I did, I liked it and so does my husband. Now, I’m among the twenty percent of women who won’t leave

Do you need to be an artist?

Do you need to be an artist?

the house without having makeup on. When it comes to making up, some women show artistic ability and use brushes and color like professionals do. When I makeup my face, I’m not very creative and strive for a natural look. There have been times I wished I knew how to do theatrical makeup for special events. They say this includes defining the eyes and lips as well as the highlights and low lights of the facial bones. I grew up in a church that frowned on makeup. That’s all changed, in fact, years ago, a man in church leadership casually said, “If the barn needs painting, paint it.” I find women’s comments on whether or not they leave the house without makeup rather interesting. One leaves the house without makeup, but puts it on as she travels to work on the train,

Choosing colors is fun.

Choosing colors is fun.

another never leaves home without makeup and a fresh coat of nail polish on her fingers and toes. Another woman wears only black eye liner. The rest she says is just embellishment. How important was makeup to our next one? She says, “If its eating breakfast or doing makeup, I skip breakfast.” “If I’m going for a jog, I don’t put any on,” said another. I’m for enhancing, not covering up my natural look. Except for some concealer under the eyes and over the face to even up the color, I don’t use additional makeup. Most men don’t appreciate heavy makeup, nor

Applying my make-up, not too much, not too little.

Applying my make-up, not too much, not too little.

most women. What I don’t go without is mascara, I haven’t tried artificial eye lashes yet. (still working up to that.) Eye liner, lipstick, blush, eyebrow pencil and shadow all find their place on my face. Of course, age figures into the picture here, and less is the way to go when age creeps up on you. I’m a cream person. I realize this doesn’t always go over well with the men. I’ve had a hard time convincing my husband that all creams are not the same. I must confess, I have a cream for night, a cream for day, one for the neck, the cuticles, arms and even one for the legs. The most crucial one is my under eye cream. As I age and still remain looking pretty good, (so I’m told) the cream debate, at our house, has abated. Every woman has a different opinion about makeup. Is it insecurity that makes women use it? I think not! Looking our best, is more like it. Twenty percent of us don’t wear any at all. I personally think it makes life more fun. What’s your opinion on this subject? I’d love to hear men’s opinions on this, also. My man is good about it and says he lives with two

There, I'm finished.

“There, I’m finished.”

women, one with and one without. See what fun it is? I’d love to hear from you. It’s so simple to do. Just click on the headline of this post, scroll to the bottom and leave your comment in the box you find there. To show your approval of shirlandyou, become a follower by leaving your email address in the box provided on the right side of this post and and you’ll receive notice of each new post in your email..

13 thoughts on “Do Some Women Actually Go Without Makeup?

  1. Hi Shirl,
    You always look beautiful! My sister, Suzy, saw you and Burl out last week in a restaurant; and she commented to me on how great you and Burl both look!! I think that taking care of your skin and applying the right makeup helps all of us women to look our best. I love to experiment with makeup; and if you saw the large qualtity of it that I have…..you would immediately know that I enjoy using it. I have a cumulative collection of different makeup brushes; and I guess that I look at makeup as somewhat of an artistic thing. (Kind of like the two large art boxes of paints and brushes that I have.) However, when it comes to makeup….I guess that my face is the canvas. Using makeup brushes is much better and gives better results, than just using th esponge applicators and small brushes that come with makeup. I’ve gotten compliments on my eye make up and I’ve had other women ask me what I use. I’ve used cheap makeup and expensive makeup; and when it comes to eyeshadow, I don’t think it matters whether it is inexpensive or a brand name. What matters most with eyeshadow is what color it is, how you blend the colors, and how much of it you use. Now mascara is a different story. There is only one that I really like; and it is called “defincils”; and it is made by Lancome. I think that mascara should always be black or brown/black. I agree with you on the skin cream. They are important to use, and you do need to have a variety of them. Some of them are formulated for wearing at night and others are for daytime and they have SPF in them (for protection from the sun). The latest thing out, is called “BB” cream. (I still haven’t figured out what the BB stands for). It has a tint to it so tha tyou can match your complexion, it is moisturizing and it also has SPF in it. BB cream si perfect if you just want light coverage. I always wear makeup to work, but otherwise I don’t necessarily wear it. Sometimes it is nice to just be natural. Trying to convince a man that all creams are not the same, is like a man trying to convince a woman that all screw drivers aren’t the same. LOL There are different ones for different purposes….and they just don’t get it. I enjoyed your blog on makeup. Whatever you are doing….keep on doing it…..your canvas looks great. 🙂

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    • Hi Colleen: I loved what you had to say about make-up. You are an artistic person to begin with, so applying make-up I’m sure comes natural to you. I liked your description on how to explain the difference between creams to men, and thanks for the compliment on my canvas. Keep writing, you are doing great!

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  2. Hi Shirl,just got back from 3 months in Az,the first blog I have read in 3 months and really enbjoyed it must agree with Coilleen, you always look beautiful. I also do not go out of the house or ans the door until my makeup is on. Having been an Estee Lauder cosmetician I do prefer Lauder products, the mascara by Lancom is also one 0f my favorites, I use whichever brand is on gift when I need to replace mascra, Lauder or Lancome. The night and day creams by Estee Lauder are the best. night repair,time zone and skin perfection have been great favorites of mine. As for color I can’t use many shadows, only Lauder, my eyelids itch from most others. Isn’t it great that we all care about our appearance,we are
    gods children, we need to make him proud!!!! While in Az I was introduced to a product called Southwest moisturizers,I have been using that for all over body lotion, gel etc., it can only be gotten at home shows or by mail, it is very good for us sun lovers to keep our skin moist, not real expensive either, if anyone wants the address Inwill share.

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    • Hi Jean: What a delight it is for me to hear from you. Being a cosmetician, the readers of shirlandyou will appreciate reading your comments and your generous offer to give them the name of a cosmetic product you find to be very good. You have always been one to want to take care of your appearance and it shows! You are lovely to look at and to be with. Thanks for writing.

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  3. My Grandma Morgan used Ponds cream (love the smell) on her face every night and wiped it off with a tissue…I looked forward to this ritual. Cover girl was the only make-up I wore as a teen and lip gloss. For a short time I used vasoline that I would place in an empty lip stick tube. Besides my teen yrs. I’ve used no make-up at all. In fact nothing on my face…only a wash cloth and water. In the summer I use a moisturizer with sunblock from Olay. Once did a Sunday School lesson on the book…”How to be a Christian without being Religous”. One in the class said…”you’re the most religious person I know”…my response…”I’m not religious…religion is full of man made rules and regulations that bind us and keep from knowing the heart of God.” Shiryl…you have given us a lot to ponder…keep up the good work…!!

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    • Dear Karen: You comments always bring smiles to my face, and I know there will always be some wisdom tucked in among your words. I liked your description of a religious person. I’m sure the person calling you that, meant it as a compliment on the example you set. Your face always beams. You don’t need make-up.

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  4. Gee, I totally do not remember asking you that question! lol. But your eyes are so beautiful and liner does show them off even more. I go without makeup most of the time. I put it on 2 or 3 times a week. Whatever makeup I use has to be very light or I just “glow” it off. I do need to use creams since my skin is dry and I have one for morning and one for night. I’m thankful for a husband that always tells me I am beautiful and that he doesn’t think I need makeup. But when I do wear it, I do see it as an art!

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    • Every mother should have a daughter like you, Janine. I don’t have to go far to hear compliments. You always amaze me how beautiful you look with or without make-up. Keep writing.

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  5. Shirley – What a wonderful subject! I myself didn’t begin wearing makeup until in my 30’s and even today I wear very little; I don’t feel I know how to apply it correctly or is it that my eyelids are drooping so that the eye makeup wouldn’t show? I wear makeup when I am going out to dinner, sometimes to church and bible study or special occasions, but typically like to let my skin breath. I love you memory of the Ponds, my mother also used Ponds dry skin cream — the smell of it reminds me of my mother and that is such a wonderful reminder. Mom was a beautiful woman and lost her life to cancer at the early age of 47– I have a jar of the dry skin cream that my sister gave to me and I don’t used it unless I run out of my Neutrogena, but I do open the lid here and there to take in the scent and that makes me feel close to my mother.

    I have mentioned to Janine several times how beautiful you are and mean that sincerely.

    Your blogs are wonderful! Thank you and have a blessed day!

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    • I loved reading your memories of your mother. How sad she died at such a young age. You sound very special, Phyllis, and I believe this is true of a big percentage of those who follow shirlandyou. I’m blessed to get to know all of them. God bless you. Write again.

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  6. I love this blog post! I am one of those women who almost never wears makeup anymore (sorry to say). When I was younger I worked as a model part time and I wore make up all the time. It was a ritual I went through. Full face makeup took me about 40 minutes to put on each morning, and then doing my hair, etc… it was exhausting! But makeup was like one of my friends that I saw daily. Somewhere along the way (after I turned 40) I just decided that it was too much work, and that I really don’t have the time… (Plus, now I am a full time online student at home, so no one sees me). I think I am happy being comfortable in my own skin now and not needing all the enhancements on a daily basis…On the rare occasion that I do wear makeup, like going out to dinner with hubby, it is fun to play around with my old friend, and see how “different” it makes me look, and reminisce about my glamour days. LOL….

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    • Thank you for your comment Mary Elise. It was interesting to hear how you grew tired of applying make-up. I can understand why,forty minutes is a long time. I have mine on in only a few minutes. I’m sure there’s no comparison on which is more effective. Hope you’ll write again.

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  7. Now that I am not working I spend most of my days without makeup and not in the sun, so I am pretty white. BUT, if I go out I do put on some BB Cream which has a tinge of color to it, eyeliner, mascara and eyebrow pencil…I lost the last third of my eyebrows to hyperthyroidism so I need a little help there. This ritual takes me all of 20 minutes to put on and I still get the question from my husband, ‘ Are you ready to go YET!’. I don’t think he knows how lucky he is that I can be ready in 20 minutes and out the door. I am now 60 years old…boy that has not set into my brain as yet. Using some kind of moisturizer is important for me since my skin is dry and I am allergic now to many things that are makeup related. Lipstick…even the hypoallergenic lipsticks cause problems for me. But I still manage to put it on (with a barrier of chap stick) and go out into the world. A side story…as a teenager my daughter would take 4 hours…yes, that’s right 4 hours to put on makeup! My mom on the other hand would put on her lipstick and powder her face for church and that was it.

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