The Supersized, Value-packed Nation
It’s no secret that American’s make up a greedy nation. Whether it’s ordering the supersized pizza or buying the value pack of ballpoint pens, it is no secret that getting more has become an intrinsic state of mind. There are many hypotheses as to why the nation operates the ways it does that are worth looking into. However, the focus of this article is a bit less scientific. Somewhere along the line of having more women were convinced that they should be wearing more make-up.
Today there are hundreds of thousands of make-up tutorials on YouTube, many of them lasting over forty minutes and using more than ten different products… for just one look! Cleanser, serum, specialized treatment, moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, bronzer, blush, highlight. The list goes on and on, and that’s only the makeup applied to your skin, don’t forget the eyes and the lips. If the preceding list sounds all too familiar to you, you might consider making a change to a more minimalist make-up routine. Not only will this enhance your natural complexion, but you will most likely save money, and (most important) develop a new sense of self-love when you realize that you don’t need to use make-up as a security.
The Travel Bag Challenge
If you’ve decided you’re ready to minimalize your makeup routine, you may find that the hardest part is parting from all your cosmetics, even if you don’t use them! The easiest way to let go of that lipstick your aunt bought for you last Christmas and the deluxe sized sample of bronzer that’s not at all your color is to start by putting it all out on the counter. Yes – all of it. That includes every makeup item in your purse, your car, and your sample drawer. Now get yourself three bags; the first bag will be your Keep Bag, the second will be your Give Away Bag, and the third will be the Toss Bag.
Your Keep bag should be a travel-sized make-up bag, the Give Away and Toss Bags can be any paper or plastic bag. As you go through your make-up piece by piece, pay attention to how often you actually use each item. If you use it habitually, and would bring it on a trip with you because it is an essential, then add it to the Keep Bag. If you find that you’ve kept some of the items out of guilt that you or someone else spent money on it, or you’ve been waiting for the occasion to use it that just has happened, add it to the Give Away Bag. When you come across the products that are old, out of style, just about finished or expired, please add it to the Toss Bag. By the end of this challenge, you should throw out your Toss Bag, give the items in your Give Away Bag to your daughter or a friend who may be interested, and keep all the items in your travel bag, your Keep Bag.
“Be Ready in Five.”
Said no woman ever. Well, guess what? Now that you’ve pared down on your products, you can add getting ready in five minutes flat to your special talents list. Here’s how:
- Step 1: approx. 2 minutes – apply your primer, let it dry, then blend your favorite foundation all over.
- Step 2: approx. 1 minute – did you keep your bronzer, highlighter, or blush? Pick the one that extenuates your assets most dust it on.
- Step 3: approx. 1 minute – apply a quick coat of your favorite mascara.
- Step 4: approx. 1 minute – glide on either lip balm or lipstick and put everything away. That’s it, you’re ready to go!
Why You’ll Love Wearing Less
Here are six reasons why you’ll realize wearing minimal make-up is the best decision you’ve made lately:
- You can sleep in longer sinse you don’t need as much time to get ready.
- You won’t need to freshen up your make-up every-other-hour, and even if you do, you won’t need to carry a separate purse for all your products around all day.
- You can stress less about buying more make-up
- You can save time and money when you’re not purchasing new products.
- It will be easier to remove make-up at the end of the day.
- You’ll learn to feel confident in your own skin.