Now that I'm an adult I'm starting to feel comfortable wearing makeup on my face! Sure I played around with it from when I was a teenager until my early twenties but for me, makeup was something for special events, parties or clubbing. Black eye shadow, black eyeliner, black mascara and bronzer was my makeup repertoire and I rarely diversified. I never really felt comfortable wearing makeup during the day either for work or just out and about. Partly because I felt like I was covering myself up and people couldn't see the real me and I worried that everyone would get used to seeing me wearing makeup and when they saw me without it on that they would think that I was extra tired or sick!
To be honest I also didn't like wearing the makeup that was around back then. Liquid
foundations were full of junk and hard for me to apply. I pretty much stopped wearing
make up all together for about 10 years. When we opened the organic store, however, I
was happy to discover that there were brands that existed that were Australian, totally
natural and aligned with my ethics. I was so happy when I discovered mineral
foundations, confident that they weren't toxic and because they weren't full of fillers,
were easy to apply without giving that 'cakey' look.
Lately I have been having a bit more fun with it. Maybe now I am older and DO look
tired all the time (lol) but I've discovered heaps of cool tips (those make up tutorials do
serve a purpose!) such as simply giving your eyebrows a bit of love, wearing brown
mascara and wearing just a little bit of blush or bronzer on your eyelids for a flush of
colour. My new mantra is 'less is more'. It helps to have a selection of really beautiful
products that work that you can apply with confidence and aren't damaging to your skin
like we have at Marcia's. One myth about natural cosmetics is that they don't work but
beautiful brands like Inika, Eye of Horus and Ecominerals work just as well as the
luxury brands without the price tags and chemicals. I've also changed my mindset
around it. Now instead of feeling like it's just another social custom that I have to adhere
to, I'm taking more playful approach. Throughout time women have adorned
themselves in various ways to enhance their natural beauty and in our modern time this
can be another opportunity to express ourselves and be whatever sort of goddess we
want to be, without apology and full of self confidence!