Levels of Makeup

We all have different looks we wear on different days depending on what we're doing and what we feel like doing. What are your levels of makeup?

As a hairstylist, I get myself pretty done up for most days of work. I always wear a full face of makeup and sometimes false lashes. I have to wear all black clothing, and I try to keep it trendy! I usually keep my hair simple since I don't have much length to work with, but once a week or so I make it a little fancy.

If I didn't work in the beauty industry, I definitely wouldn't put so much effort into my look. I've always been a jeans-and-tee kind of girl, and I still like to keep it breezy on the weekends. I love makeup, so some weekends I'll use to try out new makeup or looks, but since I get so done up during the week, I'm usually not interested in spending a ton of my free time in front of the mirror putting on layer after layer of makeup.

I spent this past weekend more or less in the wilderness: I certainly wasn't camping, but I was in a very relaxed place where the days are long and it doesn't matter what time it is, let alone what your face looks like. I brought makeup with me, but I didn't use most of it; in fact, I figured out what my "bare minimum makeup" is. [In case you're wondering, "bare minimum makeup" is the bare minimum of makeup you need to feel presentable.] I realized this weekend that I want concealer, bronzer, and mascara. That's it. I would do more than that if I were at home in Richmond, but out in the woods by the river, sleeping on a cot & shuffling around on the cement floors, doing nothing but sleeping, reading, and playing games, all I need is concealer, bronzer, and mascara.

Discovering my bare minimum made me realize I probably have other "levels" of makeup. So here's what I think they are based on many, many hours (about ten minutes) of reflecting on my makeup routine:

Bare Minimum

A situation in which I don't want to frighten people with my purple under eye circles, but it wouldn't really make sense to wear makeup. Products: Concealer, bronzer, mascara.

Just Enough

A basic day, nothing special. Probably a weekend day, running errands, not planning on spending time with anyone. Products: Foundation, concealer, blush/bronzer, mascara, brows, lip color optional.

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Seeing People

I have plans at some point in the day to spend time with someone other than Husband. Products: Foundation, concealer, blush/bronzer, one-color shadow, eyeliner, mascara, brows, lip color.

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Full face of makeup to represent my position in the beauty industry or.... just feeling fancy :) Products: Foundation, concealer, blush/bronzer, highlighter, contoured shadow, eyeliner, mascara, brows, lip color.

Fancified Plus

Fancified + false lashes!

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Do you have different levels of makeup? What's your go-to for every day? How about getting fancy?