Sometimes, I’m a contradiction to Make Me Up Marie – and myself of course. I write plenty about makeup and yet I feel strongly that women should feel good in their own, natural skin.
I’m saddened by the fact that women with no makeup on still make it to the headlines in almost every online newspaper and magazine out there. This is what my Google search looked like first thing this morning when I was researching topics to write about:
Upon reading these down-right boring articles, I came to the realisation that how I felt is a topic in itself, one that I’m sure many other people feel strongly about too. The simple fact that young ladies wearing no makeup is still being used as ‘news’, whether it is for good or bad, is appalling to me.
When you consider that girls as young as 10, if not younger, will not only have access to these headlines but will also be able to read and fully understand them, it leaves you wondering how much damage labelling someones natural face as ‘news’ (especially bad news) really is. Women shouldn’t be judged this way, full stop. It’s great to compliment someone, even a celebrity, on their beautiful bare face but does it really count as news?
‘Dare to bare’ is a common headline used in glossy magazines that frustrates me. Not only does it make us nervous to bare it all ourselves (after all, if they think Jennifer Lopez looks bad what will people think about me?) it also insinuates that it is dangerous for people to be their real selves. If makeup wasn’t ever invented, would it really be daring to simply show your own face? I doubt it.
Even the article titled ‘Karen Gillan radiates natural beauty as she goes makeup free’ goes on to open with ‘the 27 year old was almost unrecognisable’. These aren’t good messages to send out simply because they highlight the differences between wearing makeup and not wearing it in a way that suggests women who don’t wear it are likely to be unattractive and if they’re not… well, that’s so much of a shock it makes newspaper headlines!
When I’m without makeup, my confidence goes right down. I wouldn’t go anywhere without it, unless I’m on holiday on the beach or in the gym. How many women do you think feel the same way?
A few years back, in 2011 to be precise, Superdrug carried out a study. The study revealed some shocking facts, one of which was that one in ten women wouldn’t consider going to work without makeup – and almost half of all women said they prefer wearing cosmetics than facing the world bare-faced.
Knowing my readership as I do, I’ll jump to the conclusion that most of us fall into this category and although this study isn’t exactly a recent one, I can only predict that these stats are rising. It is for this very reason that I DO post pictures of myself wearing no makeup. I want people to see the real me, and I also want them to feel OK, even happy, to flaunt their natural selves off too.
Makeup is a way of expressing our personalities and enhancing our natural features, it shouldn’t be as important or equivalent to wearing shoes when you go outside. Sure it can do all kinds of magical things but it upsets me that most of us feel naked without it.
Here’s what I want to know – what would it take to make you feel comfortable without it? For me, it would take everyone to be doing the same, for newspapers to stop making no makeup snaps shock stories and for reactions to these pictures to also change. Oh, and for me to meet a man like the one I have!
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