5 Things No One Tells You About Wearing Makeup


Photo by Emily Michelle Fata

Most people talk about their interest in makeup stemming from elementary or high school and growing exponentially as they got older. While I am somewhat in that boat, I only recently really fell head first into the beauty community online. Before 2013 I only ever wore a bit of mascara and maybe a powder to smooth out my skin if I needed it that day, but other than that I never really understood what all the hype was about. It was only when I started appreciating the techniques that went into application and the formulas that different brands produced that I learned a few lessons no one tells you before you start wearing makeup. Seeing as I’m a very realistic person, I thought I’d share a few of these for anyone else who might be dabbling in the art or just completely unsure why no one else is talking about these issues.

It Won’t Look As Good As It Did When You First Applied It

Nailing that eyeliner or making your foundation look like skin is incredibly exciting when you’re getting ready for a night out or heading to work, but in all honesty, it won’t last. Very rarely have I ever returned home after a long day and thought “Wow, my skin looks just as good as it did this morning”. Sure, there are products that are designed specifically to keep your foundation, concealer, and powder locked in all day, but I usually try to avoid using more complexion products than I can count on one hand. This means that while the process of applying your makeup and wearing it will make you feel confident, it will also only last a certain amount of time. Luckily, touchups are a thing and giving your look a bit of a sprucing throughout the day will instantly make a difference.

Sometimes, Your Eyes Will Sting

Maybe it’s the mascara I’m wearing or that I have incredibly sensitive eyes, but there are times when they just start to sting unexpectedly throughout the day when I wear makeup. Honestly, this is something I rarely hear talked about, but I find it hard to believe that no one else experiences it. Nothing has ever come from the stinging (no signs of infection or issues), but at some point throughout the day, I’ll have the familiar feeling that leaves me blinking erratically for a few minutes until I’m okay again.

Your Skin Might Not Agree With It

For many people who suffer with acne, makeup is their go-to for covering it up and feeling a bit more confident. I don’t deal with chronic acne, but I do have the odd breakouts here and there and use makeup as a bit of a remedy when I just can’t get my skin care to work. However, sometimes the makeup itself can be doing more harm than good if it doesn’t quite agree with your skin. It took me a while to figure out what worked for me and what didn’t, but was never given a heads up that there might just be some products or formulations that your skin will hate for no logical reason. It’s about trial and error when it comes to finding the best products for you, so don’t feel the need to fall for every marketing ploy or branding that makes it seem like certain formulations are for “all skin types”.

There’s Really No Such Thing As ‘Invisible’ Makeup

You will see your makeup. Others will see your makeup. There’s no getting around that. Sure, we’d all like to believe that the layers of foundation, blush, and highlighter we’ve applied look like our skin and nothing more, but that’s not realistic. On the contrary though, wearing makeup shouldn’t always have to be about hiding it. In my opinion, it is an art form of its own and should be recognized and appreciated by others who are just as much beauty fans as you are. Sure, there are some days when I just want to cover up a zip, but then there are others where I want to wear a purple eyeshadow—makeup isn’t invisible and it shouldn’t have to be.

The More You Wear It, The More You’ll Want To

I really didn’t expect to feel even more inclined to wear makeup when I first started wearing it. I assumed that once I found my ideal look then that’s all I would need to carry me thorough life. But once I began testing out more brands and found an appreciation for what goes into a smooth formula I couldn’t get enough. Not to mention the instant transformation that a bold lipstick or bright eyeshadow can have on a day where you might not be feeling your best. As the years have gone on, I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole more and more, enjoying the mental and physical effects the art of makeup can have for those of us lucky enough to afford it and allowed to wear it as much as we like.