I once heard makeup defined as something women spend countless hours applying so that it looks like they're not wearing any. It's so true that it's almost comical. If you think about it, why do women spend millions (if not billions) of dollars on cosmetics each year? We do it because it makes us look good, which in turn, makes us feel good.....and when it boils down to it, it's really all about how you feel.
Some women are not into makeup at all, and that's fine--but I couldn't go through life without it. When I worked in cosmetics, I was totally intrigued by 40-year-old women who came into the store and confessed they had never worn makeup. It just wasn't important to them. I guess one woman's necessity is another woman's burden. While I couldn't imagine a bathroom sans drawers filled to the brim with eyeshadows, blush, and mascara, other women could care less if the only beauty item in their medicine cabinet is their daily drugstore moisturizer (which hopefully contains SPF!).
The fact is that different women have different priorities. What makes me feel beautiful may mean nothing to the girl next door. She may feel beautiful because she spends six days a week at the gym and is healthy and stress-free. (That is definitely NOT me!) She may feel beautiful because she works long, hard hours at her job, and she's extremely accomplished as a result. I, on the other hand, cannot make myself stop purchasing cosmetics--even though I have enough in one drawer to last me 'til the end of time!
It's truly amazing how much better I feel when I take the time to get ready in the morning and complete my full-fledged hair and makeup routine. My coworkers certainly can attest to the fact that, when I look like crap, I usually feel like it too (even though it's probably because I chose to forgo the "routine" in favor of getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep).
My point is...at the end of the day, as long as you do what makes you feel good about yourself, you are beautiful in your own mind--made up or not!