This year, I mostly only wore makeup for special occasions and barely wore any during the summer; however, I felt confident in my makeup techniques as well as the state of my skin and was ready to travel.
As I packed my bags for my journey abroad, I set aside my toiletry bag filled with lipsticks, powders, and sprays – envisioning myself stunting on everyone, primarily myself, at the airport.
I was completely ready to level up in the makeup department and ready to try various products abroad.
Fast forward to the moment I arrived in my new apartment and started unpacking my bags, which was when I realized that I left that toiletry bag with all my favorite makeup products at home, save for one tube of mascara and one tube of lip gloss. Now, I was not completely devastated. After all, it wasn’t like I wore makeup every day, or even every week, back at home.
Having acne prone skin as well as a very limited budget did not allow me to indulge in most of my makeup and skincare fantasies; however, the inability to beat my face when I truly had the desire to was a bit painful, which led to my binge-watching makeup tutorials in order to live vicariously through beauty gurus on YouTube who had access to a plethora of products that were missing to me.
Despite other people’s testimonies that French women do not wear that much makeup, I do not necessarily feel in my element when sporting a bare face in this country. In fact, I felt more at ease not wearing makeup back in New York. Perhaps it is because New York City has a very “do as you please” vibe or perhaps it is because it is my home, but whatever I chose or did not choose to wear on my face felt validated.
In France, however, it seems that a natural beat is the norm, and one should not really aspire to more or less than that. I mean, I’m still going to do what I like, as one should, but for now, I guess I should view my absent-mindedness, which resulted in my lack of makeup, as a blessing. Furthermore, considering the fact that my skin has gone through significant changes since coming here due to the change in humidity and air quality, I am certain my skin is already thanking me for keeping my pores unclogged.