NATIONAL NO MAKE-UP DAY

Thursday, 22 March 2012

As you may be aware, today is National No Make-Up Day. Women are encouraged to forgo the slap for a day, and we are asked, "Do you dare to go bare?" This is a day that splits opinions among women. Here is where I stand. 

Superficially, I see the value in National No Make-Up Day, especially in regard to younger girls. Seeing images of what we all look like, what we all really look like, could be really helpful to developing a balanced image of yourself, as opposed to the self-esteem crushing "Why don't I look like Lara Stone on the cover of LOVE?" feelings that girls are apparently feeling from as young as eight years old. From a feminist, Stop-Men-Objectifying-Women point of view, I suppose that it's a sound idea, too, in a "Hey, men, here's what we actually look like, deal with it" way.

Here's where I object, though.

First of all, the tagline "Do you dare to go bare?" offends me a little bit. Yes, I DO "dare to go bare", and I object to the implication that my natural face is such a horrendous image that it requires daring to leave it as it is for one day. Actually, if you go through my archives, you'll find quite a few barefaced shots. Because a lot of days, I just can't be arsed with make-up.

Here is a picture of me fresh out of the shower this morning: not only am I not wearing any make-up, I haven't even cleansed/toned/moisturised yet. Gasp!


Are your eyes bleeding? Or are you ok to continue reading?

Secondly, some of the magazines and websites that promote National No Make-Up Day spend the other 364 days of the year publishing photos of bare-faced celebrities, criticising them for their haggard faces or wrinkley knees. If you want women to feel comfortable in their own skins, then stop.

In general, the make-up industry is hugely important to the UK, to the extent that it has experienced growth through times of recession. But this is not because women feel the need to mask their faces; it's because make-up is a fun, relatively easy on the wallet means of self-expression.

So, while I appreciate the sentiment and general ideas of National No Make-Up Day, I'm not playing. Thank you for letting us know that it's ok to look, well, how we actually look. But, actually, I think that I (along with most women) already knew that, and highlighting it by suggesting that we let our natural selves shine through is actually a little damaging.

So, instead of going au natural today, I look like this:


Where do you stand on NNMD?

Mona.

16 comments:

  1. I think it's all a bit silly, I agree with your point about celeb mags criticising women the rest of the year.. all those 'is she in crisis: star steps out without slap' articles are the ones that make girls paranoid, not the make up industry

    Make up is a fun, none permanent form of expression and I personally love it.. and yes I do dare to go bare, I did my shopping with no make up yesterday and didn't once cringe away from making eye contact with anyone in case they melted when they caught sight of my sheer make up free hideousness

    x

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    1. Exactly, thank you Charlotte (although please stop agreeing with me in such eloquent yet succinct terms, it makes my rambling look bad!)

      Mona x

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  2. Great post! I didn't even know about NNMD - but I agree with you completely. I can see some merit in celebrating a day, seeing as the make up industry does dictate so much and throws so much at us that it can be a little overwhelming, but I very often (like yourself) cannot be arsed with make up. I wear make up when I feel like it, not because I feel I have to!

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    1. Thank you Cat... I think that people seem to have a day for EVERYTHING now, but I just feel that this one misses the point somewhat, as most modern women don't actually wear makeup for fear of being socially ostracised without it... It's just for fun!

      Mona x

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  3. I didn't know that there was NMD yesterday, but I left the house without my usual small amount of foundation put on my face - due to the reason that it's really sunny in Vienna and it would be gone by lunch time anyway :D

    Before I saw some sense in "why make up can be fun", I went to uni without make up every day and I didn't care. It's about the attitude, really. Now I'm obsessed with my make up brush, haha. No, just kidding. I love playing around with new looks, but then again, if I open the door I go for the "natural look", some foundation, some mascara and lipbalm.

    It's true that women's mags wouldn't exist if there was no beauty industry/beauty ideal which they could market and it's always good to remind young girls & people in general that those are not "real" people, just "perfect made on the apple screens" ;) Really good post!

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    1. Hej Mona! I award you with the "So Sweet"- blogaward. You are one of my favourite bloggers and I follow you like my daily mail :)
      Please pass the award on to three of your favourite blogs and answer the 11 questions which can be found here: http://knappflickan.blogspot.com/2012/03/blogaward-so-sweet.html

      Congrats and keep up the funny faces! ;)

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    2. Thank you Knappflickan, I just think that the woman's magazine industry is far more responsible for low self esteem than men, and the whole concept of NNMD is a little insulting to womens' intelligence(s?). Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of my eyeliner, but it's for me, it's not a mask to hide behind...

      And thank you for the award! I will get on it very soon, it means so much of me to be one of three!

      Mona x

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  4. I agree it's fun to wear makeup and it makes me feel better about myself when I'm having a bad face day but magazine's do act like it's a crime if a celebrity goes without for a day, I think it's great that people feel comfortable in their own skin without wearing buckets of makeup! x

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    1. I totally agree, but I think we can all step outside out houses bare-faced without feeling uncomfortable, so the whole concept of NNMD is a bit silly!

      Mona x

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  5. I don't wear much makeup in the daytime anyway because i'm usually rushing for lectures cos i've pressed the snooze button one too many times! I think it depends if i'm having a bad skin day or not! I think going au natural should be encouraged :)

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    1. Ah, the snooze button... I have a really horrible, jarring Ikea alarm clock, it's the only thing that really does the job! X

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  6. I rarely put make up on in the day, because it takes so long and I find my skin goes terrible the more I slap on. Like you, I think I still look pretty acceptable without make up and will happily go out and do shopping without it on! Maybe the very fact that we need a no make up day points to the fact that we worry waaaay too much, women shouldn't need a specific day to look like themselves (that makes no sense, sorry). xxxxx

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    1. No, it made perfect sense and I agree. I suppose there are women out there who slap on a bit too much and use it as a security blanket, but I'm not really one of them so I suppose the message of NNMD is just a bit lost on me...

      Mona X

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  7. wow, you looks so pretty with and without make-up :)
    i love to wear only the winged liner with a hint of blush on my cheeks. :D
    really nice blog, dear!

    xoxo

    http://www.flirting-with-fashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Goodness me, thank you so much! I'd LOVE to be able to do winged eyeliner properly, but sadly I'm just a tad too cack-handed...

      Mona x

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  8. I try not to wear make up very often. If I do decide to wear make up, I usually only wear foundation and some mascara (curse my ginger eyelashes!) because make up isn't suppose to change your looks they are only to 'enhance' them. So covering up some pimples is fine but alot of girls, in my school even, pile on the makeup everyday - so much that I think 'how do you have the time to do that in the morning!?' Meh, I'll probably join in just so I have an excuse for going 'bare-faced' or... natural

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