Taking a Makeup Break

I’ve been hearing from a lot of you that during this quarantine you aren’t wearing makeup. At the start it seemed like it was a good thing, liberating even. But after a while some of you have started to feel down, be less productive, and self-isolate even more.

No, it’s not because you stopped wearing makeup. But there is a reason some of the local boutiques and bloggers have started Get Dressed challenges. When we sit around in pajamas or sweatpants all day, we don’t feel as good about ourselves as we do when we take the time to get dressed. That feeling translates into our ability to get things done. Believe it or not, even in our own homes. Studies show we are more productive at work (even if working from the couch) when we are dressed for that purpose. It sets the tone in our minds that it’s time to go to work even if we are sitting at the kitchen table.



The same can be said for getting up, taking a shower, doing our hair, and yes…putting on a little makeup. We don’t wear makeup just for others. We wear makeup for ourselves. A little concealer, some blush, mascara, and a little lip color can do wonders for our psyche when we catch our reflection throughout the day. Monday through Friday I put makeup on. It makes me feel better. I’m not wearing as much as I would if I was headed to a meeting, but I definitely put a little on every day. It also makes me more productive. Sound strange? I’ve had several requests to jump on unexpected Zoom calls. I can tell you right now, that if I was sitting in pajamas with no makeup on, those calls would never have happened.

If you are one of the lucky ones who looks in the mirror with no makeup on and loves her makeup free face…Bravo! Somedays, that’s me too. But on the days when you wake up and your spirit could use a lift, consider putting on a little makeup. You may be surprised at how much better you feel.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


1 Comment

  1. Avatar KB says:

    Hi Angie,
    You hit home with me again. Thank you. Today was my 38 day ( not counting the weekends) that I have been working from home. I am comfortable and confident with out make up for certain. But, this has been an eye opener. I think you said it, I too, never knew how my vanity affected my emotional state. Wow, while I am a highly ritualistic being, I got stuck in a rut not doing make-up or hair (presentable enough for work Skype/zoom) and really feeling the affects of not looking/feeling my true best. Not lazy, not unproductive, just an odd feeling. Any who, my ocd was kicked into over drive for a while, but perspective and a little more self care kicked in. I too get up shower and add a bit of gloss during my work week. I feel better, still a bit furry and fluffy from quarantine. Your care and passion are very much appreciated. Sincerely, kb

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