I've been wearing a full face of makeup daily since I turned 18 because I got the chicken pox which left my face scarred. I was used to having clear skin before this so it was a shock to see my face all covered in marks and I did whatever I could to cover them. It reached a point where I stopped seeing anything good about my skin or my face when I didn't have makeup on and I hated people seeing me makeup free.
All I could focus on were these spots so my everyday makeup routine consisted of a layer of MAC Studio Fix Fluid all over my face, MAC Studio finish concealer to spot conceal and MAC Studio Fix Powder foundation to set it all. I cringe when I look back and think about how much I used to cake on my face but I didn't know then half of what I know now.
As I get older, I'm learning to appreciate the skin I have and to look beyond whatever marks I have because good skin truly is about more than being scar free. This realisation was cementeed when I watched this video by Lisa Eldridge who is one of my all time favourite makeup artists because not only is she extremely talented but she also has an amazing makeup philosophy. Her philosophy is very geared towards looking at the big picture and using makeup to emphasise your best features rather than hiding what you dislike.
If I had been able to see this video when I first started wearing makeup then I think I would have learned to appreciate my skin a lot earlier and to stop focusing so much on the bad. I've reached a stage now where I apply less product but use different techniques and brushes to get that product to go further than I could have in the past. I think I'm finally learning to appreciate that old adage 'a little goes a long way'.
There are some people I know who love to point out the fact that they think I wear too much makeup (which is always a rude thing to do when done without tact or genuine concern) but I know how far I've come in the journey to being ok with myself when I look in the mirror. I hope that some day soon I can stop feeling like makeup is a necessity when I go out and face the world but for now it's like my armour that gives me just that little bit more confidence in my day to day life.
I really hope you go check out the video because it has awesome tips on how to cover acne prone skin but it's just a great video to watch regardless.