However, I did have one interesting exchange on Twitter about not wearing makeup. I declared that I'd last worn makeup seven years ago, and that was for a party and was itself the first time in years that I'd dug out my meagre collection of face paint. I was quite taken aback that my declaration was met with amazement and interest. Surely I am not alone in not wearing makeup? I thought of my friends and tried to remember which ones wore makeup and which didn't. I couldn't tell you. I don't notice makeup unless it is really obvious. This made me think what if everyone is like me and all that time and money spent making up every day is wasted because no one notices one way or another? But maybe if you are a makeup wearer you notice it on others and if you aren't you don't.
So why don't I wear makeup?
Well apart from my suspicion that nobody but the wearer notices it I also believe it makes bugger all difference to your life. I used to wear makeup every day when I was working. I'd do the whole thing; foundation, powder, blusher, eyes, lips. It took bloody ages and made no difference whatsoever to how I felt, how my day went, how others interacted with me or how well I did my job. The only difference it made was to how I looked and although I looked nice wearing makeup I really don't think I looked not nice not wearing it. Also I absolutely hated not being able to rub my eyes or wipe my mouth without spoiling my makeup. I particularly loathed the feeling of lipstick on my lips and they way it comes off on glasses, ugh. It's expensive too, I'd much rather buy food than makeup. And the time it takes, oh honestly how can anyone be bothered with it all?
It's not only makeup I don't bother with, I don't use any skin care products either. I wash my face once a day with this soap and that's it, no moisturising, exfoliating, no anti-wrinkle creams, serums or potions. As for hair I use this shampoo and no conditioner, it's never been coloured either and as you can see I don't spend any time styling it.
I do pluck my eyebrows but not excessively, I do shave under my arms and I shave my legs if it is very hot and I'm wearing a skirt. Also I'm not averse to lovely scented soaps and shower gels and I love perfume.
So this me in all my barefaced glory, taken with my phone camera today, looking like, well, myself and aged 48.
And this is my very ancient makeup collection, all well over ten years old and about to be thrown out.
My daughter Katie who is 14 loves makeup. She says it's fun, and yes, I totally get that it's fun, I used to think it was fun too. I can see the attraction of all those colours in their shiny packages like a cross between art supplies and sweeties. And of course she wants to do what her friends do, me I don't care anymore I'm perfectly content to look like myself.
What about you? Am I peculiar or are there other barefaced women out there?