I am the kind of girl that always wears makeup when I go out. Grocery store or date night, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to at least wear eyebrows, eyelashes and cheeks. I do switch it up if it’s a more casual day, and I do skip makeup when I’m at home all day. Except for the weekends.
Why? Why would I wear makeup on weekends but not the other days. The superficial reason is that I’m just too lazy to put it on during the weekdays when I know I’ll only be seen by a grownup who notices for about an hour before I have to wash it off for bedtime. And there was a time that I honestly got super lazy. I would skip makeup on weekdays and weekends.
Let’s be real honest here. I am beautiful without makeup. I don’t need it to feel beautiful (especially in the summer when I have natural highlights and a soft glow on my face). And my husband adores me with and without makeup.
But I know I look good with makeup on. Seriously. I’m (only) 32 and have finally learned some tricks to actually use makeup to make me look extra beautiful.
So, this past summer, I was getting up every day and heading to the store to buy supplies for our home renovation. Yes. Every day. It’s expensive to update a house. And before I left the house, I always got dressed to look cute (even in work clothes) and I put my face on.
And when weekends came around, I just wanted to put my hair down and relax. Skip the makeup. Wear serious work clothes (because every single weekend was spent doing the heavy duty jobs on the house with Nathan’s help around).
And then I realized it one Saturday morning I was planning on going sans-makeup.
My family deserves the best of me.
My family deserves the best of me far more than the people I’ll bump into at Home Depot or the grocery store. They love me either way, but I want to honor them by looking the part. I’m far from a trophy wife or mom, but I can put forth some effort.
It only takes me about 10 minutes to put makeup on, but that 10 minutes ensures that I can go anywhere and do anything at the drop of a hat with my family with confidence. It just takes 10 minutes to be someone my husband would be proud to introduce to an acquaintance. Just 10 minutes to be someone I can carry with confidence. And just 10 minutes to honor my family by being my best me.
Don’t get me wrong. I can rock a makeup-less-yoga-pants-mom-bun day just as good as the next girl. And I truly believe there is honor in our efforts on our most exhausting days when there isn’t even 2 minutes to brush our teeth.
But when I can, I have realized the value in my 10 minute makeup routine on a Saturday morning.