Yesterday, I posted the picture below on Instagram and Facebook, where I mentioned that I was trying the “No Makeup Look.” The posts reached more than 15,361 people! Why did it strike a chord with so many of you?
Lots of people have emailed to ask, “What’s up with all the changes in your style?” Today, I will attempt to share my thought process with you. Automatic pilot is never a suitable mode for us to stay in as we age. If we keep the same routine all of our lives, eventually, that style rut will start to date us at best or make us look more masculine at worst.
Watching people is a never-ending source of learning for me. The sidewalk provides the greatest show on earth. I have watched women all of my life establish my best practices, be it manners, makeup application, or how I carry myself. The positive aspects of watching and learning are what I focus on, but sometimes I see things that negatively impact and profoundly change my thinking.
As we progress through the aging journey, our skin changes in many ways, as do our bodies. Our faces start to take on a more masculine look later in life as our pores get larger and folds develop around our brows and our mouths. Our noses and chins change texture and shape. When we put the same or even more makeup on that face, I promise you, it will look much different than it did on our forty or fifty-year-old selves. Last year, I started to notice that makeup didn’t look the same on me anymore. I studied it in natural light at the end of the day, and I did not like what I saw. The makeup I took off was not the same makeup I put on in the morning. I realized it was time to reevaluate my techniques and products.
The quote “Less is More” is becoming my guide in all things. I have almost stopped buying makeup and skincare products. All those creams and lotions were costly and full of chemicals. I have learned that if my skin feels dry in the winter, coconut oil is the best relief I have ever found. When my face feels oily in the summer, Thayers Witch Hazel Toner works beautifully, and it is alcohol-free.
As for face makeup or foundation, I will never repurchase it. For now, much fewer products will serve to enhance my eyes and brows. I may use a bit of rose/pink blush on some days. I will continue to wear a brighter (not darker) lipstick, which I always carefully blot.
I found the image above on Pinterest this week. The beautiful model is Martina G, and the photo is from MastersModels.com. I am sharing it because I was struck by how healthy, appropriate, and natural her look is. I know that many talented people created this shot, but the effect is my goal. I like her classic, clean, natural, and healthy look. This look feels so right for me at this stage of life.