For my week in Argyll (Read all about it here!), I decided to give my skin and daily routine a break by not wearing any make up at all. Well, except from Carmex lip balm because without it I feel lost!I though, I’ll be in the middle of nowhere, no one is going to care if I don’t have a full face of foundation on. Its a scary step for me because I’ve always been pretty self conscious of my broken nose but I actually found it pretty empowering The fresh air paired with a couple of Superdrug mud masks has really cleared up some stubborn spots, so overall I think my skin is thanking me for it! However, I feel a million times more confident now I’m re-united with my cosmetics collection, so I’ve been thinking about why women wear make-up, or why they don’t, and whether its similar to how I feel. Read on to see the answers from lots of lovely Edinburgh Bloggers in response to my wee ‘Psychology of Make-up’ survey.
“I wear make up as I feel like it’s a part of my identity and when I go all out I feel like I can express myself with it.
When I don’t wear make up its usually cause I want to give my skin a chance to breathe but I feel self conscious without it.”
“I wear make up because I think it makes me look better. I’m really pale so notice uneven skin tone and blemishes, even tiny ones. I also look a bit unwell if I don’t have any blusher on! I think you can also express a bit of your personality through make up-I like the vintage look so am a fan of eyeliner flicks and a bright lip.
When I don’t wear make up it is usually because I’m exercising or having a day in the house. I would rarely go out without any on.”
“I wear make-up because I actually like applying on my face! I enjoy all the stages and I love how it looks on my face!
I also wear makeup to help cover up any blemish and my rosy red cheeks!
I look about 12 without makeup on!”
I wear make up mainly due to how creative you can be with it. Like fashion, I think make up is great way to express yourself. I also will wear simple make up as I do feel I look my best with it on.
If I am not wearing make up it is either down to letting me skin breath or down to laziness ha. I wouldn’t feel good going to events or meeting friends without make up but I feel like I can go out without it if I’m just going to the shops or work.”
“I wear makeup to signal to myself that I’m dressing up and showing up for the day, or to feel/look more professional on camera, or at events. Most days though, I don’t wear makeup because I forget or don’t feel like it”
“It depends. Daily I wear it to cover blemishes but if my skins good I don’t. If I’m going out its to be creative and see what she look I can create”
“I wear makeup if I’m going out to meet friends, to an event, or if I have a meeting – but I don’t tend to wear much and it tends to be mostly lipstick and a bit of eyeliner. It makes me feel like it’s more of an occasion.
Day-to-day I’d feel naked without some kind of lipstick or gloss, but I usually don’t wear any other than that.”
“I wear a full face of make up if I’m going to an event as I feel it polishes the whole look together. Day to day at least some tinted lipstick and some chapstick gives my skin abit of a glow if I’m wearing nothing else”
– Cera Kamonji from
“Day to day, I don’t wear much make up (only for eyebrows) bc I’m lazy and I want to lie in as much as possible for work, so spending time doing up my face is something I can give up on.
I put a bit more effort into wearing make up when I’m going out for an event or special occasions, so whenever I dress up bc I feel like your whole look isn’t complete without it. I’m wearing a nice dress, I’m all dressed up, but my face isn’t? I just don’t feel right without it, even if it’s just some mascara, lipstick and eyeliner”
– Michelle Cunningham from http://www.diyshopaholic.com
Why do you wear make-up, or why don’t you? Let me know in the comments!
Ruth @ Urbanity xxx