I mentioned in my post Mommy, Why Do You Wear Makeup? that I use tinted moisturizer. Since then I have had lots of questions about my thoughts on foundation. I honestly can count on one hand how many times I have worn foundation. Even on my wedding day I opted for tinted moisturizer. As a teen, during the awkward makeup experimentation phase, I tried to wear powder foundation a couple of times with disastrous results. Later as an adult I tried a couple of liquid versions but it seems that foundation is just not for me. Or perhaps I just haven’t found the right one. Anyway, I am more than happy to go without. Here’s why:
1. Foundation dries out my skin.
Foundation by its very nature is drying. Lots of brands are now adding a whole host of extra ingredients, many whose sole purpose is to counteract the drying effect. However, the fact remains that almost every foundation contains titanium dioxide and iron oxides (in varying ratios and levels depending on shade and coverage). As coverage increases so does the level of pigment and hence drying effect. As someone with fairly dry skin to begin with it is seriously uncomfortable to be adding absorbent pigments to that effect. While it feels okay at first, over the course of the day my skin starts to feel tight and dry.
2. It can also clog my pores.
So many people fall into a vicious cycle of covering up pimples and other imperfections with makeup only to have the problem worsen as a result of prolonged use. Once in a while it is probably not an issue but layering on high coverage foundation all day every day simply doesn’t allow your pores to breathe. Also, if you happen to use the wrong foundation for your skin type you risk reacting to the ingredients and causing skin to worsen.
3. It’s another bunch of chemicals.
Foundation doesn’t just contain pigments. There are tons of other ingredients in there to help with the look, feel, application, fragrance, and claims. And of course there has to be preservatives, particularly in the case of liquid versions. While none of these ingredients are particularly bad – some are very good in fact – it’s just another bunch of unnecessary chemicals that you’re applying to your skin every day.
4. It makes me look… well… not like me.
Putting on foundation seems to change my face too much, to the point where I don’t even recognize myself. Now this may be simply because I don’t wear it very often, but I really feel that it changes my face more than any other makeup item.
5. It’s messy.
The few times I’ve worn foundation I couldn’t believe the mess it made. I know they make all sorts of claims now like transfer resistant and rub resistant, but I want to be able to be able to wear a white turtle neck worry free.
6. And it’s a bugger to get off.
I hate spending time getting ready for bed and I like my routine to be as quick as possible. I don’t want to have to spend five minutes wiping of a face full of foundation. Plus whatever I’m using to remove it… more unnecessary chemicals being applied to my skin.
7. It’s expensive.
Good quality foundation is expensive. For it to be good it needs to do a lot of things, and that means bucks. Actually when I think of all the money I’ve saved over the years by not wearing foundation it probably constitutes a small fortune.
8. I try to embrace my imperfections.
I have plenty of blemishes, a few dark freckles, and more than a few sun spots. But I try to embrace them rather than hide them. Even when I had a bad case of melasma all over my forehead and around my eyes during pregnancy, I still preferred not to hide it under foundation.
I’m definitely not ruling out foundation forever and I will always keep an eye out for an awesome product that doesn’t make me want to run in the opposite direction. But for now I’m happy to dab a little concealer under my eyes and occasionally break out the tinted moisturizer.
How about you? What do you love or hate about foundation?