Not that anyone has to wear make-up, of course, but we’ve really gotten used to lazing around in sweatpants and skipping the dreaded concealer, foundation, eyeliner, and lipstick every day.
Now that life is slightly resembling “normal”, we know that soon we’ll want to reach for our favorite palettes again, but there are some downsides to getting glammed up. Here are five reasons we’re not quite ready to return to our daily make-up routines.
Putting It on Takes Time
Whether you prefer natural-looking make-up or like to go all-out with everything from foundation to false eyelashes, putting on your face in the morning takes time – time that could otherwise be spent snoozing.
Being able to cross one more thing off your morning ‘to-do’ list has been a delight. Besides, having to concentrate on blending foundation properly when you’re still feeling bleary-eyed and your coffee hasn’t kicked in yet is often a challenge.
Removing It Takes Time Too
It’s not just the application that feels like a chore – taking your make-up off at the end of the day can be a real drag, especially when you’re exhausted and would rather just collapse into bed.
But you know that going to sleep with your make-up on is the ultimate skin sin, so you wouldn’t dream of letting your head hit the pillow without a thorough cleanse.
It Can Be Annoying to Wear
Wouldn’t it be great if you could pop your make-up on, then forget about it for the rest of the day? Unfortunately, you can’t, because there is a multitude of annoying little things you have to watch out for, like smudged lipstick, panda eyes, or mascara making your eyes water at inopportune moments.
Plus, with wearing protective face coverings around the city, we’re going to have to deal with what happens when make-up and masks collide. So that’ll be fun.
Make-Up Is Expensive
With fewer opportunities for socializing, many of us have stopped buying new make-up, and it’s made us realize just how expensive all that stash can be. Plus, after about four months of neglect, you’re probably going to need replacements for some products, because clumpy mascara is never a good look.
It Can Be Bad for Your Skin
If you decided to give your skin a breather during the lockdown and discovered that it fares much better without make-up, you’re not alone.
It’s ironic that something designed to make us look better can actually make our skin look worse in the long-term, with acne a common side effect of daily foundation wearing. But hey, at least you can use more make-up to cover it up, right? That’s exactly what the beauty giants were planning when they invented it.