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Wean yourself off your make-up

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Make-up addiction is real. Although there is nothing wrong with wearing make-up and wanting to look as presentable as possible, there comes a time when it reaches a point of obsession. “Cosmoholics”, “beauty junkies” and other terms are used to describe women who simply cannot get enough of make-up.

You cannot step out the door without a full face of make-up, including foundation and powder.

Make-up application is a must no matter where you are, even at a funeral.

Your handbag has a complete kit at all times. You cannot walk around without a make-up kit for constant touch ups during the day.

Nobody knows how you look without make-up because once you wake up in the dawn light, you head straight to the bathroom and come out fully made up.

You cannot resist buying new products every month.

People describe you as “yule dame wa ma make-ups” (that girl who puts on make-up).

You have to use make-up just to look normal, not necessarily beautiful.

When it gets to this point, you may wish to go without make-up sometimes. You feel like just being you, without lipstick, foundation or eye pencil.

It is not easy to face the world bare-faced, especially if you have worn make-up all the time for a long time.


Step two: Tone it down further to just powder, eyebrows and lip-gloss. Wear this look for as long as possible, until everyone, including yourself, sees it as your normal look.


Hair by Christine at Tazama Salon. Model: Jenny Kinoti, Miss Laikipia County 2018.