I’ve mentioned this occasionally in my blog posts in the past 6 months or more, that I no longer wear mascara. The last post I wrote about a mascara was back in 2013. What this means is that I’ve not been wearing mascara for at least 6 months, if not 12!
I’ve had a few of you ask me why and I’ll tell you why here. It’s not scientific, nor a beauty rule. Perhaps a rule I’m breaking, but it’s just something I’ve decided to cut out of my routine.
My question for you though is what do YOU think? 😀
Now, why have I stopped wearing mascara?
A simple reason actually. I got pissed off.
I got tired of messing up my eye makeup with botched mascara attempts, because as many of us do, I curl and apply mascara after completing my eye makeup. So often I’ve had my eye makeup screwed up because of a poorly mascara-ed lash. Sure, I could take my own advice and apply mascara BEFORE I apply eye makeup but old habits die hard.
I got tired of curling and crimping my stick-straight, pointy-down lashes. I’d already found an eyelash curler to love that works for me (It’s affordable too but underrated and always out of stock!) so it wasn’t the search for a curler that got me down. I just got tired of the whole thing because my stubborn lashes just will not stay curled! After a few hours, they’ll straighten out again. Or I manage a curl and then a heavy mascara formula weighs down my lashes and all my effort is gone.
If you are the lucky ones who have naturally long and/or curly lashes, you don’t know how lucky you are to be able to just literally lash on mascara and go. I know, you don’t get the fuss either about why someone like me would be so upset about wearing mascara. But if you have short lashes, or stubborn straight lashes then you will know my agony and frustration.
So, one morning I decided that I’d just stop wearing mascara altogether. Yes, I’m aware I call myself a beauty blogger, but hey, I bend the beauty rules around the iron pole that’s me 😉
And in my book, my rule is that any ‘beauty rule’ that doesn’t work for me, I can ignore. So I did.
I’m aware, from my years of experimentation and struggle, that a well curled eyelash and lashings of mascara can make the eyes look brighter, bigger and more awake. I’ve had my good days when that happens, and I’ve had my bad days when all I get is straightened lashes with dark smudges from crappy mascara.
For me then, I’m saying no to using mascara. I’ve stopped and I don’t miss it one bit.
To define my eyes, I rely on eyeliner, and tightlining. My lashes are usually so short that it actually doesn’t make a lot of difference to my look whether I curl them or wear mascara or not.
I am also aware that I could just remedy this by going for lash extensions to lengthen my lashes and/or a lash perm to keep them curled. And then, I could wear mascara again.
But you know, it’s probably a year since I last touched a mascara wand (except for some quick experimentation a couple of months back) and I don’t miss it. Lash extensions and/or perm is an extra, unnecessary expense that I could do without. I enjoy not worrying about whether my mascara is smudging around my eyes, or to spend those extra few minutes getting my curl and masacara on in the mornings.
But as I said, this is me, and I break beauty rules all the time.
What I’d like to know is what do you think? Do you wear mascara all the time or have you thought about stopping too?
As they say, for some of us, the struggle is real when it comes to mascara. There are ways we can get around it, but it does involve expense and effort and for me, since I’m actually not that vain, and because I think eyeliner does a good enough job alongside some skillful (for me) eyeshadow application, I’m happy to go without. How about you? Tell me! Am I alone? 😀