I remember the first time I heard that there were women in this world who refused to face the day or at least the outside world without first putting on their face and I couldn't understand what was wrong with the face they woke up with. You've already got a face, so why do you think you have to put on a different one? I was fairly young when I first heard that expression because I had a grandmother who used it. She wore quite a lot of makeup though she did do it well. She was a stylish woman and she also dressed very well. It was about as unthinkable to her to go out with a bare face as it was to go out with no clothes on. Neither my mother nor I have ever worn enough makeup to actually look much different with it on, and my much beloved maternal grandmother didn't do anything beyond powder her nose, so being seen without makeup has never particularly concerned me. I am seen without it more often than not.
Lately I have found that there is a psychological boost in it for me to wear a bit of makeup; it makes me feel that I have made an effort to look my best and that it is worthwhile doing so. There was a time when that wasn't something I gave much thought to. But now, being often housebound, I could easily get lost in a sweatpants wearing, why should I even bother to shower sort of existence. Making that little extra effort sends a subliminal message to myself. It's a way of reminding myself that I am worth that effort, even if I am not going to do anything important or be seen by anyone that day.
Even when taking out the garbage is the only public appearance I will make, a little bit of tinted lip balm and a pretty sweater with my jeans reminds me not only that I am worth taking care of, but that I found the energy to do it. I have many days when I don't get dressed, don't do my hair and don't get out of bed much other than to make some tea, but I will get better than this some day. I will not be cured but I will be better and when I have a day where I want to put on my nice clothes and a swipe of tinted lip balm, I feel I am making progress.