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Why I Decided To Ditch Makeup

Hey, guys! It’s Penny from What Did She Type here, and I’ll be guest posting on B’s lovely blog, Mind. Beauty. Simplicity! I’m very excited to be here! I would like to thank B for this amazing opportunity! 

As I’m trying to live more mindfully and authentically, I’ve been making some changes in my life and my daily routine. I wanted to talk about a huge step I have taken recently, and that’s using less makeup in my everyday life.

I was heavily invested in makeup when I had acne problems back in middle school. I wanted to look amazing. I was trying to be someone that I was not.

But my skin wasn’t loving it. My face hated the heavy foundation, and it needed a break. I’m 24 now and I have just come to the realization that I will never be fully confident if I don’t change my mindset. 

I always thought that I would have a large makeup collection when I turned 16. Little did I know that, by 24, I ditched half of my makeup stuff. I threw away or gave away the ones that were in good condition to family and friends, including as birthday gifts. I keep gifted samples from certain brands, and I give those ones away to loved ones on special occasions. I have ditched foundation and even BB creams. I’m letting my skin breathe and accepting myself fully with my flaws and scars. People always told me that I had beautiful eyes and a smile, and now I realize that things didn’t require makeup. They are unique and they make me, “me.”

So, why am I ditching makeup?

The Cost

The first reason is that many good-quality products cost a lot. I’m a recent university graduate, and I’ve just started my own small business, so I’m spending money on that at the moment. You really can save a lot of money by not buying unnecessary makeup items, and you’ll be surprised.

Clogged Pores

Second, I began to notice that certain makeup products clogged my pores. I bought Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer, and later I realized that my skin started breaking out because of it! Now I just use it for my under-eye circles, only. 

Choose Eco-Friendly Instead

Thirdly, I’m now buying vegan and eco-friendly products. Believe it or not, I noticed that much of our personal waste comes from skincare and makeup products! I am far from being perfect at it, but I’m still trying my best to choose environmentally friendly ones. Unfortunately, many brands use plastic that can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills, and the toxins leach into the soil and waterways. 

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Skincare Took Priority

Fourthly, instead of investing in makeup, I started relying on skincare products. When you take care of your skin, you won’t need to spend tons on a foundation that will start looking cakey on your face after a few hours. I have been told that when you take care of your skin, especially in your early 20s, your skin will thank you in your 40s and 50s.

More Storage Space

Fifth, more space! Ever since I downsized my makeup collection, I have noticed that I have more space in my drawers. I don’t need to buy more storage and spend money on IKEA boxes any longer! 

More Time

Sixth, I now have more time on my hands. When going somewhere, I don’t spend hours trying to perfect my eyeliner or spend time trying to decide which eyeshadow or which lipstick I’ll use. And… I’m not running late any longer, lol! My friends are very happy about it! 

Free Your Skin

And lastly… I feel liberated. My skin feels free. I feel more like myself. This act was definitely amazing, as I started showing myself more compassion! I realized that I’m my own best friend and taking care of myself makes me feel joyful. 

These were all my reasons for breaking up with many makeup products!

Let me know what you think about it and are you also planning to use less when it comes to makeup?

Xx Penny / 

Penny is a fresh literature graduate with a passion for content creation and writes about mindfulness, mental health, astrology, lifestyle, and well-being in her little corner of the internet. She has launched her own little shop on Etsy, where she sells mental health planners and is working on the launch of her manifestation journal at the moment.

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27 thoughts on “Why I Decided To Ditch Makeup”

  1. Omg I love this! I hardly wear makeup nowadays too. I just have foundation/cream with SPF that I wear on certain occasions. I agree with all of your points about taking care of your skin, makeup being expensive, and having more time on your hands. Now that I think about it, I feel like makeup makes your skin breakout even more.

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  2. Good for you and for your skin! I haven’t really ditched it – but I rarely use it. Mostly on special occasions, super formal events, or when I have to interact with a lot of people (part of my job is organizing seminars) – but then it’s more like a protective shield from strangers. I keep just basic things – foundation, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick.

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  3. Loved reading this! I will use a little lipstick, but the primary reason I am not a big make-up person is because I never had a reason to wear it since I do not go out much, hence I never learned to use it well. My skin is also quite oily so the less I put on the better. 🙂

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  4. Ooh I love this! I’ve never actually worn makeup much, I usually only do it for special occasions and even then it’s minimal, and now I’m finding myself cutting down even more. I always feel more confident and it’s great letting your skin breath too! Thank you so much for sharing x

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  5. Great post! What a great realization to come to in your 20s. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 16 and by then, I didn’t want to. All of my friends were wearing it by 13, once I got over FOMO, it just didn’t matter. As an adult, I tried it here and there, but my skin protested. I feel like my face is suffocating. So, only on super special occasions (weddings). I’ve managed to get through decades without it and don’t plan on going back any time soon. I’m glad that your skin and wallet are happier.

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