Big apology’s from me! I’ve had no internet for the past two days, but now I’m back home so here is the post that was mean’t to go up Tuesday. You know what to make up for it, I’ll post a little something for you Saturday, let me know if there is anything you’d like to see in the comments below!
I cannot deny that I wear make up, it is clear to see. I’m a girl, that’s what we stereotypically do, my make up isn’t always right, it’s sometimes smeared, and patchy. But I’m not expert, I’m just a teenage girl with minimal experience plastering paint on her face to fit it and feel confident when facing the world. Particularly on a Monday morning when the late nights of the weekend are plain to see.
A couple of months ago I posted on Twitter that minimal make up equalled half the time and twice the confidence. What I didn’t expect was a retweet, a friend from school had retweeted it. After all I was declaring to the world that I, Ellie Colegate, was wearing hardly any make up, why would anyone be interested in that? I asked myself this question many times, and came up empty. But regardless of peoples opinions on make up, whether to cover or for fun, it’s up to you whether you wear it or not, if you want to cover up that freckle or blemish, or perhaps try winged eye liner because you think you will rock that look. Do it. Cause chances are, you will.
Stop reading for a moment, and find a mirror. Upon your arrival to said mirror take a look and ask yourself how much make up are you wearing. Lots? None? Minimal?
I never realised how much make up I wore until I wiped it off one day and was greeted with an abstract painting of orange and black on the wipe. Anybody would have thought I was a Netflix original series. The first time I ignored it, the second I was slightly concerned so started to pick up less on my brush, after that the orange and black paintings kept coming, I had no idea why, I wasn’t applying as much make up as before right? I’d changed the amount I picked up on my brush a while back.
Then I watched myself take off my make up, I purposely took it off in front of a mirror. To say I was a little scared would be incorrect. My real skin opposed to what the rest of the world saw was a completely different colour, that’s when I decided a change was needed. I spent a week wearing no make up, it was half term and I hadn’t planned to do a lot that required make up. I found myself feeling more confident in my skin by the time Sunday came round. But come Monday evening I was again removing a Netflix original. But then in one early morning choice I found myself not putting on foundation and just reaching for the powder, feeling nervous nearly all day thinking that someone might comment on my appearance, but none came, no one commented, I don’t think anyone actually noticed. So when I got home I looked in the mirror and realised I didn’t actually look that bad, I looked like the Ellie I wanted to be, not the Ellie who wanted to fit it.
Every now and then I wear foundation, and I’m happy to say that I now wear a lighter shade, no more Netflix original thank you very much! But more recently I have been wear just powder and mascara, a bit of concealer here and there, but gone are my days of heavy make up and orange wipes. Minimal make up makes me feel confident in my own skin because I know that the world is seeing the real me, not just the one desperate to fit in.