Some people (who obviously don’t know me very well) have complimented me on being low-maintenance because I don’t appear to be wearing makeup. Some other people have told me how much they love the fact that I don’t wear a bunch of crap on my face when I am, in fact, wearing a ton of crap on my face. I am usually wearing at least mascara and some kind of concealer when I receive these comments. Sometimes I’m wearing everything in my makeup bag except the false lashes and stage glitter.
Dolly Parton once said, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” and I feel like it’s important to make clear that it also takes a lot of work to look this natural. I think we do each other a disservice when we pretend that there’s something laudable about ignoring the effort we put into our appearances or that there’s something brave about admitting the fact that we do put that effort in.