Why do you choose to not wear makeup?

The last time I wore any makeup I was in my teens. Whenever I wore it I felt uncomfortable and stiff, a sensation similar to claustrophobia.

The last time I wore any makeup I was in my teens. Whenever I wore it I felt uncomfortable and stiff, a sensation similar to claustrophobia.

I would go out and instead of having fun I’d dream of getting back home so I could wash my face. When I finally did I felt such relief.

Wearing makeup made my skin feel slick and like it couldn’t breathe. My eyes would burn and feel itchy. But it wasn’t just a physical feeling. I felt like I couldn’t do things I normally would - hug a friend, kiss someone hello, lean my chin on my hand. I felt so stilted, constrained.

Wearing make up on special occasions (such as my own wedding) made no sense. What we want on special occasions is to feel as present as we can be, not massively uncomfortable or like we are trying to look like somebody else.

In my opinion, people invariably look better without makeup, more snuggly and natural and comfortable and like themselves.

As if all this wasn’t enough, there are so many things I’d rather be doing with my money and my time.

I haven’t worn makeup in decades.

 


Irfan Yaqoob

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