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:
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.
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.
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.
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 + false lashes!