National No Makeup Day

These days there seems to be a ‘nationally recognised’ day for everything from cheese appreciation to wear-your-pants-backwards. Most are fun and a little bit pointless, some raise awareness of important issues and others just baffle me completely. A no-smoking day, AIDs awareness or raising the profile of domestic violence have a very important role in today’s society, but what does this newest craze of ‘no makeup day’ actually mean? When I googled the term I couldn’t actually find the source of the ‘celebration’, but instead found article after article of journalists and bloggers daring to bare (or at least proclaiming why they don’t have the courage to bare all, even for one day.) Who invented this and why on earth have they done it? For me, makeup is all about self expression and enhancing our features
to make the most of what we’ve got – we’re not all blessed with the bone
structure of Kate Moss or Zoey Deschanel’s lashes, so we have to fake
it a little bit.

Makeup personally gives me the confidence to be who I want to be. I don’t feel myself without a little bit of blush, a touch of mascara and a slick of lipgloss, so who is society to demand that I rid myself of this for one day a year? What does it achieve? I’m sure there are some people out there that think we all wear the slap as a way of attracting the opposite sex, but for me that isn’t the case at all; If I don’t feel confident I don’t act confident, and that impacts on my job, my performance and my relationships with others. I can do without it, don’t get me wrong – I can often be seen at festivals and on holiday without a scrap of the good stuff, but I just much prefer an even skintone. There are of course certain people who could do with laying off the slap a little to let their natural beauty shine through (yes ladies of TOWIE, I’m talking to you) but all in all I think this is the most ridiculous concept ever. I can’t imagine somebody conceptualising a no-deodorant-day or a dont-shave-your-legs-for-a-week-day, so why should we put the brushes down, step away from the highlighter and refuse that oh so pretty lipstick?

What do you think?



  1. Lucy - Beauty and the Blogger
    March 22, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    This is so not something I'll be taking part in – mainly because I don't want people asking if I'm "tired" all day!

  2. Soph.
    March 22, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    I am sort of with you on this one!!! I don't see the point in having this day because there is no reason behind it… I agree that make up gives a girl more confidence which is definitely a good thing!! I feel slightly more confident when I'm wearing make up but some days I cant be bothered to apply it so I go without regardless of where I'm going haha.! 🙂 X

  3. LilyLipstick
    March 22, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    I definitely won't be taking part in this as it makes me feel like I should be ashamed that I do wear make-up. Make-up gives me confidence and makes me feel like "me" so it's not something I'm prepared to give up, even if it is just for one day. x

  4. Cindy Swanson
    March 22, 2012 / 10:19 pm

    I totally agree with you! In fact, I never leave the house without make-up on. I'm firmly convinced that there's not a woman 20 and over that wouldn't look better with at least a touch of artfully applied make-up.I'm a make-up-aholic–which is probably why I love your blog!Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

  5. Anonymous
    March 22, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    I'm an artist, and I don't mean makeup artist. But when I see my face in the morning I see a blank canvas. In high school it was common for me to venture into face paint territory (this was actually more common than a "normal" face).As I've gotten older my taste in makeup has changed, but I still see my face as a blank canvas in the morning. One day I'm smitten with my cheekbones and want to play them up, the next day I may decide it's my eyes that need to shine.Makeup is a way to express myself. And I don't see it as anymore evil than a well cut dress that accentuate all the right places.

  6. Emma
    March 23, 2012 / 12:03 pm

    I must admit I hadn't heard about it until yesterday so I just thought what the hell I am game so I did it even sporting a wonderful spot hahaxx

  7. Gina
    March 23, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    i didnt take part in this, there is just no way haha xxx

  8. emma
    March 23, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    I didn't know about it but there is absolutely no way I would go to work without any makeup. I wear quite natural/neutral makeup day to day anyway, but wouldn't want to go without it. I feel more put together and confident. If nothing else I like to cover up my old acne scarring. It's fading a lot now but it's probably the part that gives me the most confidence x

  9. Bare Faced Chic
    March 25, 2012 / 11:45 am

    I'm a girl who rarely wears makeup and actually I think it's a really good idea. We all (and I do count myself as well) use make up, not as something to enhance but to hide behind. I think we are all so inundated with pictures of perfect looking women that one reason women do wear so much makeup is because we all feel slightly inferior compared to these pictures.I think the fact that so many women reacted to this by saying "I couldn't do that!" shows quite how reliant we all are on make up for our self confidence. And being so reliant on something external for our self-confidence and self-esteem is never a good thing.

  10. Chuck Payne & Nidia Cullen
    March 27, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    As an esthetician, I think it is a good thing. So many products available can actually damage the skin if not removed properly or used on the wrong skin type. Not washing your face at night overtime can cause premature wrinkles as makeup left on the skin does not allow your skin to rejuvenate while you sleep. So do your face a favor and let it go on holiday.

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