I wouldn’t take it as a compliment if someone looked at one of my shoes and said, “Oh that looks like a comfortable shoe.”  There is a heel that is too high to walk in, certainly.  But who cares?  You don’t have to walk in high heels.

Christian Louboutin, French fashion designer and cofounder of epynonmous fashion house Christian Louboutin Ltd.; known for his signature high-end stiletto footwear which incorporates shiny, red-lacquered soles (1963-present)

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In just the second week of college, I broke a promise with myself.

I always tell others that I hate dressing down because I honestly do.  Even a trip to the supermarket warrants a fresh outfit and a made-up face, even if it’s the bare minimum.  Since the beginning of senior year, however, I haven’t really put on makeup, or spent much time choosing that day’s outfit.  In many ways, I’ve sensed a change within me, and I can’t tell if it’s a good thing or not.

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The Cons of Not Wearing Makeup: Loss and Dowdiness

Because I don’t bother with putting on makeup during the school week, I feel as though I’m unable to express my creativity.  As mentioned before, putting on makeup is a way to release my artistic side because while I don’t have a lot of time to paint or draw, making in many ways is living art.  With makeup, my face becomes a canvas and I get to wear my art all day.  Without that, I feel stifled because I don’t have any other way to channel this creative spirit that needs to be liberated.

Another con to not wearing makeup is that overall, I feel boring and dowdy.  Though I don’t put on blue eyeliner or put fur on my nails, getting dressed up and taking time to care about my appearance makes me feel different and less plain.  Since I’m spending less time focused on how I look physically, I feel a bit drained emotionally because I feel that I have to work twice as hard to let people know about my quirky habits.

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The Pros to Not Wearing Makeup: Time

The upside to not spending time getting ready is saving time.  Over the course of this past summer, I feel like I’ve aged by at least 20 years.  I have trouble staying awake past 10:00 p.m., though that’s probably because I’m on campus over 12 hours a day, Mondays through Thursdays.  I also don’t get particularly excited to go out, mainly because the night scene near my school is nonexistent.

As I don’t put on makeup, I save about an hour a day.  I’m able to spend that time cooking and planning my future, whether it’s college homework, or the job process for after graduation.  Since I’m not adding more stress to myself, I feel lighter, metaphorically and literally.  It’s like a weight’s been lifted off my chest, and I’m able to walk more confidently, with my back straight.

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Still…

Though I don’t put on makeup, I put on sunscreen lotion religiously.  As a person who’s scared of getting wrinkles, sunscreen is something I must wear daily, rain or shine.  However, while I’m mostly protected from the sun’s harmful rays, when the lotion comes in contact with the air, my pores feel clogged and gross.  Though my school isn’t situated in a big city, it’s still an urban environment.  The combination of construction work around campus and suburban moms who drive their ridiculously large SUVs, the air is quite harsh against my skin.

Every night when I take off the lotion, I notice that the water’s grey because of all the pollutants that somehow got stuck on my face.  I find myself oil cleansing twice, before washing it all off with a lot of non-oil based cleanser.  As a result, my skin feels very dry and tight, an unwelcome feeling.  When my skin gets dry, it gets really itchy and flaky – no matter how much moisturizer and toner I put on, my skin never feels refreshed or clean.

I’ve been putting on masks more frequently in hopes that this feeling will go away, but nothing seems to be working.  Given that we’re entering the holiday season (yes, don’t judge, the first day of fall is the holiday season in my books), I really need to up my skincare game.  Considering how weird and long our summer was this year, we’re probably in for a harsher winter season this year, and I’m not sure if my skin can take a beating with this current routine.

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If you have any mask or product suggestions, please leave a comment!  This skincare conundrum has given me stress pimples, so life’s going really well right now 🙃.

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Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?

Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, popularly known as Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, founder of eponymous fashion house Yves Saint Laurent YSL; regarded as being one of the foremost fashion designers in the twentieth century (1936-2008)

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Playing dress up begins at age five and never really ends.

Kate Valentine, formerly known as Kate Spade, American fashion designer, businesswoman; namesake and former co-owner of Kate Spade New York (1962-present)

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Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.

William John Cunningham Jr., also known as Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer for The New York Times (1929-2016)

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Trendy is the last stage before tacky.

– Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer; head designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel, Italian fashion house Fendi, his own eponymous fashion label (1933-present)

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Elegance is a question of personality, more than one’s clothing.

Jean-Paul Gaultier, French haute couture and prêt-à-porter fashion designer, formerly the creative designer of Hermès from 2003-2010 (1952-present)

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I realized long ago that skirts are hopeless.  Anytime I hear a man say he prefers a woman in a skirt, I say, “Try one.  Try a skirt.”

Katharine Houghton Hepburn, American actress; leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years (1907-2003)

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Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.  You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.

Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer; head designer and creative director of French fashion house Chanel, Italian fashion house Fendi, his own eponymous fashion label (1933-present)

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Don’t be into trends.  Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.

Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founder of Versace (1946-1997)

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