So, as some of you know, I’ve been minimalising as fast as I can. One of the areas that I’ve been thinking about a great deal has been makeup. Now, I’m not the most made-up bear in the woods, by any stretch, but I don’t leave the house without mascara and eye liner and I really need lipstick, otherwise I am far too pale. I loved my wedding makeup so much that I’ve been trying to recreate it ever since (Hah! Good luck, seeing as it involved a spray gun and fake mink eye lashes!). That brought eye shadow into the mix. And finally, like all women, I have the makeup that I bought because I was in the store and the woman selling it to me was soooo pretty. This accounts for the green and purple eye shadows and the lip glosses that are so sticky I can’t kiss my husband and the concealer and the eyebrow pencil and the eyelash curler. Much of this I managed to give away to my co-workers, but it still leaves much more than is desired. So what do I do?
It may sound frivolous even to worry. As a consumer, it’s a non-issue because I have enough to last several years, so I don’t have to waste the money or resources on new product. As a Zero-Waste practitioner, it’s a very small portion of trash and some of it can be recycled. But no aspect of life is too small to considered. Which led to this….
What would happen if I stopped wearing makeup? Say I look 10% less polished, 15% less pretty, 20% less chic. And then… what would happen? Would my husband stop sleeping with me? Would my co-workers avoid me? Would the villagers laugh and point? What would happen, really? Exactly… Absolutely nothing. I will not deny that I look better with it. But I also look fine without it. So four days ago I started. I look younger and a little more gauche and a little less vibrant and a little more masculine. I’m less eyes and more nose. That’s fine. I’m going to give away the last of it, keeping mascara and eye liner for special occasions and see what happens.
I do think that this decision will prompt me to dress better to cut and comb my hair more often. I do want to look nice and I would love to be considered chic. This is not about chemicals or environmentalism, although both are good reasons to do this; this is simply about finding another way to be another kind of attractive.