I started experimenting with cosmetics sometime in 2009. Previous to that, I didn’t even know how to apply mascara. And only five years previous to that, I’d never plucked my eyebrows.
Because I grew up being told that I didn’t “need” makeup, and since I’m an incredibly lazy person by nature I embraced this news with open arms. Even back then, though, the very phrase gave me pause. What kind of human being “needs” makeup? How did the transition to feeling fine barefaced to feeling naked without makeup take place? Wasn’t it unhealthy for women to feel self-conscious to the point of terror at the very idea of being seen without cosmetics?