First of all, I know I'm going to get a loft of flak for this from people who wear little or no makeup. "This isn't even a challenge!" they'll say. "Are you seriously obsessed with makeup or something?" they'll ask. "It's not a big deal..." they'll mumble. But for someone like me? It's kind of a big deal.
And no, I'm not writing this post to brag and say, "Look what I'm giving up for Lent. I'm so holy!" Absolutely not. I started my blog to help inspire people and teach the lessons I've had to learn the hard way. I love helping others and this is just another means of doing so.
Let's start from the beginning though. I was in the shower on Monday thinking about what I'm going to give up for Lent. You know, because all of everyone's best ideas, epiphanies, and spiritual awakenings happen in the shower. Or on the toilet. Don't lie - you know it's true! Well, as I scrubbed the day's makeup off my face it hit me:
"What if I gave up makeup
At first I kind of laughed at myself. I thought, "Haha! Hannah...That's silly. We all know you look like Gollum without makeup..."
But then I started to take the thought seriously. Further, I thought, "What if I did actually give up makeup for Lent?" I started thinking about it and realized I had a sort of attachment to it. I mean, I do go to the store sometimes without makeup and I don't really care. I go to my mom's house without makeup and I don't care. I have close family and friends over without wearing makeup and I don't care. So, why am I so scared? Ahh because I have a blog and I do vlogs on YouTube. Because I have followers who I want to look good for on Instagram. Because I have acquaintances who I wouldn't want to see me without makeup. "But why?" I asked myself. "Who honestly cares?" Yeah, maybe they'll think I look more tired but...who cares? Probably not them. Are they going to go home at night and lay awake in bed thinking, "WOW. Hannah didn't wear makeup today!! I can't believe that!!!! Did you see her face?!?!" No. They'll pass by me, maybe think, "Huh. She looks different." and that'll be that. I need to stop thinking that people really think about me as much as I think they do. They don't. I shouldn't flatter myself. Plus, why should I care if my face isn't covered up? It's my face!
Someone insulted me once on Instagram and commented, "Cover up your face!" Sorry, let me say that again. Someone tried to insult me once on Instagram. It was weak. Anyway, I realized my face is covered. With makeup! No, I'm not trying to find some philosophical reason why makeup is evil or something, It's not evil. But, I do think that if people can't still enjoy me without makeup on then I don't want to be friends or acquaintances with them anyway! Further, if I can't enjoy myself without makeup on, then there is a deeper problem. I am not me with makeup on. I'm myself when I wake up in the morning, and when I wash my makeup off at night. Makeup is an additive to me. It is not me.
You would think that after attending a school for thirteen years of my life (K through 12th grade) where I wasn't allowed to wear makeup I'd be more comfortable with this. In fact, my skin was 10x worse in high school than it is now. But nonetheless, in high school I managed to date, to have friends, to go to my job at the mall, and to post pictures of myself on Facebook all without makeup on. So what's the big deal? Logically? Nothing. I'm fine with it. In fact, I'm excited about this challenge! But, emotionally, I'm scared. It's human nature to be self-conscious and that's what's getting to me.
I know, I know, to all of you who don't wear makeup, you're scoffing at me. I wish I was as confident in my looks as you are! I wish my eyebrows were as on point as yours are (without filling them in). But they just aren't! Or at least, I don't feel like they are.
This isn't about
You know what Lent is about? Not you, not me, not my face, not my Maybelline Fit Me concealer, not my new eyeshadow palette, and not my winged eyeliner.
It's about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I've realized that I have become semi-attached to makeup. I mean, I don't think I'm great at applying it; I don't claim to be some expert. Maybe my makeup makes me look like the craziest fake n' bake idiot out there. I mean, I don't think it does but others might! I try to make myself look pretty natural while still accentuating certain features of my face. (Obviously my eyelids are not going to look "natural" when they're brown and gold but you get the point.) I try not to look like a Kardashian. I try to blend in. Literally. But still, it takes me a good 20 minutes sometimes to do a full face of makeup. On one hand, most of the time when I don't wear makeup I feel so shabby and tired-looking. But, when I do, do my makeup I'm very careful about it. I honestly don't think I'm excessive, but still, in some way, I want to take that time I spend thinking about trying to beautify my face, and try to better beautify my soul.
Again, I'm not trying to make you feel bad!
You are not evil for doing your makeup. In fact, you look great and I applaud you! That bronzer looks good, girl! ;) I'm merely documenting my own feelings toward my own situation with my own makeup.
But, I do want to challenge you!
Lent is about our Lord. We are supposed to be focused on Him all of the time, but especially during these 40 days. While I don't wear makeup every day by any means, I will take that 20 minutes I'd spend on my makeup and use it to spend time with Christ. Why? Because He deserves it more than my favorite hobbies. I decided that giving up Facebook doesn't work for me because I have a blog. Of course I'm going to be on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! It's my job. I realistically can't expect myself to get on and ignore everything else around updating my blog page with my newest post. While I will definitely try to cut back on recreational social media (as a general life rule) I'm not going to try to ban myself from it for Lent. And giving up desserts this year just didn't seem to cut it. I needed to step outside my comfort zone this year. I mean, really step outside of it.
So I challenge you to make yourself even just a little uncomfortable this Lent! For all you girls, definitely consider giving up makeup if you wear it! But, you aren't confined to makeup in this challenge. Give something up that will hurt a little. If you love coffee try giving that up. If you think you'll fall asleep at the wheel on the way to work without it just try not sweetening it with all that sugar and creamer. Drink it black, sailor! As my parish priest said to me with a smirk the other day, "There are some people who should not give up coffee. Not for Lent and not ever for everyone else's safety and sanity." Haha! Very true. As another option you could maybe give up texting. Step outside your comfort zone and call, yes CALL people. Yeah, it's hard for us millennials, okay?? Haha!
But seriously, I challenge you to get on social media and use the hashtag
Or, if you are trying to give up something else besides makeup use the hashtag
If, however, you're giving up social media for Lent, use the hashtags only on Sundays! I don't want to be an enabler here! Haha. And, if you didn't know, during Lent you have a "cheat day" on Sundays! Sundays are a day of rest, and as such, you can eat your sweets, use your Instagram, drink your coffee, and contour your cheeks to your hearts content. AND, if you aren't Catholic, you can still participate in Lent! I wrote a post about it last year that you can check out HERE.
If you still aren't convinced or on board with the no makeup challenge, here are a few more reasons:
1. You'll save time in the morning! Imagine having 20 (or more) minutes to sleep. That sounds like all the reasoning you need right there! ;)
2. Your face will be healthier! Putting makeup on clogs your pores like nobody's business. Letting them air out 6 out of 7 days a week for 4 or 5 weeks will refresh and unclog your beautiful face! Plus, your dermatologist will love you.
3. You might learn to love and appreciate your beauty again! Remember when you were 12 and you thought you looked nice when all you had to do was braid your hair? Boom. That would be nice, huh?
4. You probably won't feel the need to wear as much makeup as often after this is over!
5. You'll save money! Self explanatory...
6. I bet you'll take better care of your skin! I bet you'll try to get better, longer sleep so you don't have huge bags under your eyes. I bet you won't rub your hands all over your face when you're stressed like you usually do. And I bet you will start to not need as much makeup after Lent is over because your skin is clearer without those clogged pored that I mentioned above. It's a happy, good "vicious cycle" to be in, am I right?
But, most importantly, our Lord needs your time and love. Think about it - what is Lent about? It's a time of sacrifice and giving up worldly goods to spend time with Christ because He died for YOU. He was nailed to a cross for YOU. Think about that. Close your eyes and think of yourself or a loved one being dragged away to be nailed to something. Terrifying isn't it? He did it for YOU. If you had been the only human He had ever created He still would have done it for YOU. That makes your mascara and your caramel macchiato seem pretty worthless doesn't it? Yeah.
So, this Lent, try to make yourself at least a little uncomfortable. I think you'll be really glad you did! I think it'll change you for the better. In fact, I know it will! What actual harm can come of this? I can't think of a single thing. Do it for Him.
Let me know in the comments if you're joining this challenge! I'd love to hear what you're giving up! Especially if it's makeup!
I'll leave you with some funny memes. Theses aren't mean to discourage you. They're meant to allow you to laugh at yourself. Don't take yourself so seriously and this will be easy!
Have a wonderful day and a wonderful Lent!
My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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