Makeup on the Camino de Santiago?
All my life I have been into pretty things, heels and makeup. At 7 years old I wore plastic high heels and dreamed for the day when I could wear beautiful shoes like the ones in my Mom’s closet. In high school when other girls were wearing jeans, I wore dresses. By sewing my own clothes, I guaranteed that they were unique garments. I sketched clothing designs by the hundreds and proudly announced that I wanted to be a fashion designer.
Early in my life, I had some good friends from Europe who educated me about the importance of paying attention to how you look and the 30 seconds to create a first impression. Both the women and the men dressed beautifully and I really admired that about them. Taking the time to look good, showed they cared about themselves. Beautiful clothing and good grooming change the way you feel about yourself. To this day, I still love the look of a man in a elegant suit!
Fast forward to my life with three young children and a career in fashion design. Putting on my makeup and dressing up had become a daily habit. While dropping my children off one morning, a mother at the elementary school proclaimed, “You make the rest of us look bad.” That comment shocked me although I said nothing at the time. When planning what to wear and applying my makeup I never thought about anything other than getting myself and my kids ready, feeding them and making sure they had everything they needed for school.
My Dilemma - Do I Wear Makeup on the Camino de Santiago?
This fall, a big item on my 65 by 65 list is walking the Camino de Santiago. I have spent a lot of time reading blogs about the Camino and what to pack on the trip. My hiking boots were purchased a few months ago and I am excited about shopping for the clothing for my trip. Ideally they say to carry no more than 10% of your body weight. Every ounce counts when you are walking a full 5 weeks on the trail. Now I have this dilemma. According to some websites… NO ONE wears makeup on the Camino, except the French girls! Good, I will have some company then! Admittedly I will pare down my daily routine, no blow dryer, straightener and very few color products. However I can’t live without my moisturizer with sunscreen, my eyeliner, mascara and lip color. I might even meet some of those wonderful French women on the Camino!