Thoughts On Skincare And Makeup


Okay this might sound a little odd coming from someone who writes about beauty but  I'm at a point in my life where I wear the least amount of makeup ever. I don't hate makeup or have anything against it. I'm just not particularly all that interested in buying tons of it or concerned about wearing it. Actually putting it on feels like a chore to me at times and when I do wear it, I can't wait to wash my face.  I say this as someone who spends a fair amount on their skincare on a daily basis. I regularly use a ZIIP Beauty device, a Refa Carat, sheet masks and I've even taken to day masking.  When it comes to skincare and makeup, I personally place a higher value on skincare. Sure one can use makeup create the illusion of good skin but actually having good skin is really winning.
Ten years ago I would probably never leave the house without makeup. I also didn't have the skin or self confidence I have now back then either. I've always found heavy makeup to be aging so I've never been one to pile it on and my husband doesn't like the caked on look. Yes I do take his thoughts into consideration because he always makes an effort to look good for me and I care what he thinks. I would usually wear enough to even out my skin and enhance my features. I went through a very brief phase where I experimented with different looks but lost interest quickly. I broke up with foundation last summer and it was honestly one of the best things I've done for my skin since giving up sugar. I replaced it with the Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30. This is a color correcting treatment that neutralizes redness and inflammation. It has SPF 30 and contains centella asiatica which stimulates cell growth and forms a barrier to protect skin from environmental and  free radical damage. I love that it's basically skincare and how it imparts my skin with a fresh, natural and just better overall appearance. Totally recommend! I don't break out anymore and my skin has actually improved even more since I'm not clogging my pores with foundation. 


I do like to appear polished especially if I'm going to a meeting or an event so I have a streamlined routine that consists of brows, eyeliner, blush and lip color that takes about 5 minutes to apply. I'll share the products in an upcoming post because there are some really good ones in the mix and the  eyeliner I'm using is the best. Thanks to neuLASH Lash Enhancing Serum I don't have to use mascara anymore which is such a timesaver. Usually on the weekends or when I'm running errands or grocery shopping, I do nothing more than apply sunscreen, curl my lashes and apply lip balm. I like the way my bare skin looks and it feels really good every time someone pays me a compliment on it. I had a facial recently and the aesthetician was impressed that my skin had no texture which made my day. I admire when people can do their makeup well but for me personally, being able to opt out when I choose is liberating and offers a certain sense of empowerment. Wearing less makeup also makes me look younger which is always a win. And oh the money I've saved...

Do you prefer to spend more time on skincare or makeup?

19 comments

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

Great advise. I agree, skin is a key to good looks and it important to understand feel for it every day.

Jackie Harrison said...

Skin care is a must is the canvas of our face and if you cover it with makeup and do not get to the bottom of the skin problem it only get worst. Makeup looks amazing on a well care skin.

Shirley Tay said...

Great thoughts! xoxo

Beauty Unearthly said...

Hello, thanks for the information. Have a nice day

Unknown said...

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Dressed With Soul said...

For sure I spend also much more time on skin care! My make-up is also very easy and takes me only a few minutes to apply. But my skin care in the morning and in the evening is very complex and takes a lot of time :)
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Lena L said...

Excellent post, Rowena! To think about it, I spend less time on both but definitely find myself trying harder on the skincare aspect. I mean, simply enough, my makeup just looks better on a better skin day.

(How are you doing? Hope you're feeling much better. I look forward to a warm spring day when we will have a lunch date. ;))

Pilar said...

Skincare is a must for me! I love makeup (even though I don't wear it everyday), but I love skincare more. Wearing makeup on top of breakouts etc. Can cause so many issue for your skin. Have a wonderful weekend Rowena!

ALLIE NYC said...

Well you have great skin so no need for foundation. I stopped using traditional foundation I found that no matter what kind I used you could see it sitting on the skin and it looked dry. Right now I am using a CC cream from Lune & Aster and I really like it. Does not get that caky dry effect that you get with foundation.

That treatment from Dr Jart sounds amazing I am going to check it. I have also wanted to try Drunk Elephant and Glossiers skin tint.

Had a great time yesterday, thanks for being so helpful with the camera lol

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

The last few years I've become more interested in skincare than in makeup. I try to keep my makeup routine as quick and simple as possible.

Gabrielle said...

This is such an interesting question! I think at the moment I'm juggling a bit of a balancing act, although I've definitely made a concreted effort lately to take better care of my skin - as then the process of applying makeup becomes aaaaall the more enjoyable! :)

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Linda Libra Loca said...

Even though I still wear a lot of makeup, I do spend much more time on skincare. Having a good "canvas" to work with makes experimenting with makeup much more fun.

Carrie said...

I've just started using the neuLASH serum and I just love it! I almost feel like when I wear mascara with it it's too much, because my lashes are already thick and full.

Carrie
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Jenny said...

I definitely prefer to focus on skincare over makeup as well! I feel like a good skincare routine is a great investment that will continue to reap benefits as you get older, so it's one I'm happy to splurge money on. I still enjoying applying makeup though, it's fun for me to experiment with different techniques and colors!

Jenny // Geeky Posh

Ivana Split said...

No foundation or powder can give us that healthy skin look we all strive for. Only a health lifestyle can do that. A lot of celebrities look so much older than they are, and we know they can afford the best make up. I thinking drinking,sugar and cigarettes are what ages people the most, and no make up can hide the traces of an unhealthy lifestyle.

I also prefer investing time into skincare, as opposed to make up. I don't think that make up is toxic for the skin or anything like that, I just don't enjoy wearing it. There are great make up brands out there and some of them are even good for the skin. But I'm just not a make up girl, I guess. I don't like how it feels on my face and not having to wear it is a relief. A bit of brow shadow and a lipstick is all make up I'm likely to wear on every day basis. I think make up can be a wonderful way to express one's creativity (for those that enjoy it), but skin care is definitely more important.

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Kinga K. said...

Good thoughts, I agree with you ❤

sonia // daring coco said...

I wish I had taken better care of my skin when I was younger. I always had "good" skin. As in I didn't need to moisturise or cleanse regularly. It always had youthfulness about it. Fast-forward to my late twenties and overnight, bam, it hits. My skin turned lacklustre and dull. It took a good year to get it glowing slightly and rather than having a slow decent into fine lines my forehead seemed to explode with deep lines. It really sucks. I wish I had taken care of my skin because now I don't feel comfortable leaving the house without makeup. I still don't know how to apply foundation properly to my forehead but I prefer that to being natural. Skincare is vital. I really wish I could go back in time and bitch slap younger Sonia silly.

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Gemma Etc. said...

YES! I totally agree with everything you've said. So many spend a fortune on makeup but neglect their skincare routine, but it's pointless if you don't look after your skin as makeup just won't sit nicely if the skin's not in great condition underneath xx

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