When I was a young girl. wearing makeup was a right of passage. My grandmother would go nowhere without "putting her face on." My mom taught me to wear makeup to enhance my natural features, and nowhere was there some discussion about it being only for the purpose of attracting the opposite sex. She actually always supported us looking as natural as possible.
I'm one of those women who can wear makeup or not wear makeup and I think I look and feel just fine. My first though upon hearing this was "I enjoy wearing makeup and rarely leave the house without it because I LIKE IT." Then I really decided to ask myself how comfortable would I be headed out of the house without it? Would I feel the need to explain to others why I wasn't wearing it? I thought of the times I have run to the store "without my face on" and I can recall I almost always get asked if I am sick? lol I usually answer "no...just lazy today."
This DJ on the radio was under the assumption it took 2 hours for women to get ready for work because of makeup and this would give us ladies an opportunity to sleep in once a week. A. It has never taken me two hours to put on my makeup...more like ten minutes... and B. A large percentage of women have kids so sleeping in really isn't going to happen with or without makeup. So, the point of this movement is not to save time. It is to really get women thinking about their own beauty.
I listened to this commentary and I thought about it a few days and was still baffled as to how going without makeup would make women feel empowered. Maybe this is because I live in Montana and there are lots of women here who go ala natural. I am ALL for natural beauty....I'm all for empowerment...I am all for Real Beauty and Im all for talking about it! I'll wear makeup or not wear make up when I please but after watching the Today show with the ladies I have come to the conclusion there are some women and girls who need this message.
I spent many years not even purchasing or wearing makeup because with seven I just didn't have the time. Feeling self assured is important and many women Ive spoken with say they feel more vulnerable and self conscious without makeup...they feel having the "mask of makeup" makes them more put together and confident.
This dialog is important. As a mom I am wondering what message I send about makeup, self worth, and self confidence to my girls? I want my girl to understand self confidence and beauty is more than skin deep and if a no makeup message is what women need to grasp this then Im ALL for it :) So, I have posted my no makeup...pre hair do.. and in my PJ's face for all the world to see (and wouldn't you know it today I have a blemish hahaha).