Why My 45-Minute Makeup Routine Isn’t Silly or Vain

There was a time when I was more than a little embarrassed to reveal just how lengthy my makeup routine is. Primer, foundation, finishing powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush … there are a LOT of products involved and it takes me a decent chunk of time to get ready each day. What a vain pursuit, right? Expensive, silly, shallow … except that’s not at all how I feel about it anymore. Now that I’m over 40 and a little wiser (and a little more weathered), I’m completely confident when I say that applying makeup is exactly as soothing for me as any other method of self-care.

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