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No Makeup Day

Posted on the 22 March 2011 by Juliez
wash away the makeup

wash away the makeup

Every morning, you pull out your makeup bag before rushing out the door. As you pencil in your eyebrows, your waterline and around your lids, you don’t even think about what you’re doing and why. It’s as ordinary to you as brushing your hair and teeth.

Every morning, men don’t pull out their makeup bags like we do (for the most part). They don’t pencil in their eyebrows, their waterline and around their lids. They don’t make sure their flaws are covered and their cheekbones are flushed. And that’s normal — because something would be ‘wrong’ with them if they did. Men don’t wear makeup (for the most part).

But I want you to think about something that occurred to me the other day. My boyfriend and I were waking up, and he told me to go put on my makeup so we could go out for breakfast. Suddenly it hit me: Why do I have to put on makeup? I mean sure, he doesn’t actually care if I wear it, and I could walk out the door without putting any on. But why does society insist that women wear makeup while men go natural? Men can just wake up and walk out the door, but women must spend ten, fifteen, thirty minutes (any more is crazy) applying foundation, concealer, highlighter, blush, bronzer, eyeliner, brow-liner, mascara, etc.

I know this issue is nothing new, but it kind of seems like society is slapping women in the face — telling them to put makeup on their faces because men look better naturally, and women need to work harder to look more attractive. I’m sure if you were sans makeup next to your man and a camera you would put a hand over your face, while he would smile at ease. There is something wrong with this picture.

I propose we create a No Makeup Day in order to raise awareness of this issue. There have been many no makeup days that people have created, but I think we should make it an occurring world-wide event. That is why I have created a Facebook event for Sunday, April 3rd called “No Makeup Day“. Please join to tell society that we need to change the way we think of beauty.

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