I did a little experiment the other morning after reading this Huffington Post Style article, Young Women Aren't Using That Many Beauty Products. (Note - This study was done on 18-25 year olds - I am 10 years older than the maximum age here, ouch.) So maybe this study isn't super relevent to my age group, but I wanted to test myself anyway to see just how many products I use daily. I counted up what I used the morning before I headed out to a parent teacher conference with my sons elementary school teacher.
This is a typical look and amount of products I usually don't go a day without wearing...hold onto your eyelash curlers...
2. skin primer
4. concealers - yes, multiple
5. liquid bronzer
7. eyelid primer
8. 3 shades of eyeshadow which counts for..
14. eyebrow pencil
This probably seems absurd to those of you that consider yourself in the 0-3 daily beauty product category. To me, I wish I had more time to add highlighters, contouring foundations, and setting powders. Seriously - I LOVE APPLYING makeup, it's a stress reliever to me, kind of like running or reading a good book is to other women.
Could I actually go a day or a week without wearing ANY of this stuff? I don't think so. I really don't. Maybe for a day, when I didn't have anywhere to go or be, but I would at least have to do my brows and mascara! I admire the women that can go out and feel completely comfortable in their bare skin and natural lashes + lips, but that's just not for me. My makeup is my accessory, much like someone spraying on their perfume or picking to wear their favorite shoes. I like the artistic process of enhancing my face, that's it, no deep rooted insecurities or anything. It's just plain fun and makes me feel better about myself.
What about you? Could you go bare faced for a day, 2 days, a week, or are you already doing that? If so, I'd love to know your age and what the average # of products you use daily is in the comments below.
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