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High School Bans Makeup for a Day So Our Daughters Can See How Beautiful They Are - Would you be up for a No Makeup Day?

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High School Bans Makeup for a Day So Our Daughters Can See How Beautiful They Are

Posted by Jeanne Sager on November 19, 2012 

makeupLooking for a new holiday to celebrate? How about No Makeup Day? Yup, it's real. Even better, it was dreamed up by a bunch of teenage girls and celebrated at their high school last week.

You couldn't get me to go back to high school if you paid me a large sum of money and threw a few chocolate bars in to sweeten the pot. But something tells me I would have been pretty comfortable at New London High School. At least for a day.

The girls who created No Makeup Day and convinced their administrators to go through with it say it was a response to the pressure put on teenagers -- especially teen girls -- to be "perfect." They were hoping a day with no makeup would help remind their classmates that beauty is skin deep.

I'd like to wrap each of those girls in a big, fat hug.

I look at some of the teen girls walking around the mall, and I shudder. They look like they're preparing for a Vogue magazine shoot instead of shopping for a new pair of Uggs. The question is why they feel that much makeup and those kind of clothes are necessary. Is it society's pressure or their parents' failure to fight said pressure?

My daughter is only 7 and far too young for real makeup. But already I'm struggling with how to explain the concept of beauty to her without making her feel pressured to reach some impossible goal.

I look at her, and I see a beautiful girl (doesn't every mother?). But I know I will one day have to face her desire to use makeup, to dress fashionably (forget one day, we're already there!). The challenge isn't in whether or not to allow her to do so but in explaining that clothes and makeup are there to enhance beauty that already exists, not to "make" one beautiful.

I'm not saying No Makeup Day should be every day, although I'd like to see an event like this in every school in America at least once a year. Makeup and beautiful clothes aren't inherently bad, but our girls need to know how to use them appropriately in their lives.

Do you struggle with this with your daughter? Would you be up for a No Makeup Day?

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givenshl
by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

 My Daughters may wear a little clear or light pink lip gloss every now and than but that is all the make up they use. Make up is not a big deal in our home.

atlmom2
by Susie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM
Mine never wore much. Eye liner and mascara. Kinda dumb for a day only.
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atlmom2
by Susie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM
I have none on now.
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chattycassie
by Bronze Member on Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM

 I would be able to go no make up I only wear it on holidays or special ocasions. That being said my teen LOVES her make-up I would love for the school to do something like this not every mom is like me and tells thier daughters how great they are w/o that crap

02nana07
by Ida on Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:17 PM

 My daughter and stepdaughters were big into hair and makeup and would have had a problem with it.

When I was in school I wouldn't have had a problem with it because I didn't wear makeup and in the morning I washed my hair put on a ball cap and flipped my pony tail through the back of it.  I have always been me and never tried to be something I am not so makeup is only worn every now and then for a special occasion.

 

mumsy2three
by Shauna on Nov. 19, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I wore make up every day as a teen, lol. I rarely wear it now.

My dd wears it sometimes and will go without on other days.

PurpleHazey
by Angie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Yes, kids don't need to wear all that everyday.

PurpleHazey
by Angie on Nov. 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM


Quoting mumsy2three:

I wore make up every day as a teen, lol. I rarely wear it now.

My dd wears it sometimes and will go without on other days.

That's me.

drfink
by Emily on Nov. 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM

My daughter only wore mascara and a little liner for school.Well a little neutral gloss or Burts Bees gloss.It wouldn't bother her to go without make up.Most of her friends are like her.We taught her make up is just for enhancement not to change looks.

lucky3x
by Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Although I applaud them for their efforts, I had severe acne as a teen and would have been horrified.

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