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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?

by on Nov. 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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wakymom
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

 Dd is only 6 1/2, so it's not an issue yet. I very rarely wear makeup, so just about every day is No Makeup Day for me : )

 

 

 

 

 

fullxbusymom
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM
No sorry for the teens that have acne or birth marks this is a death sentence.
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lazyd
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:46 AM

THIS SHOULD BE EVERY DAY!  I never wore makeup and still dont.  My daughter wears a little eye liner and nothing else.  I dont think anyone should wear makeup.  I think makeup is stupid.  No one sees you!  If I am that ugly to you without makeup than dont look at me!

KeriAZ
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I dont wear any and neither does my dd.

bizzeemom2717
by Jen on Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:56 AM
Why should they ban makeup everyday just because you don't like wearing makeup? I would never judge anyone who doesn't want to wear makeup and would hope no one would judge my dd or myself who enjoy wearing makeup? Who cares, to each his own?

Quoting lazyd:

THIS SHOULD BE EVERY DAY!  I never wore makeup and still dont.  My daughter wears a little eye liner and nothing else.  I dont think anyone should wear makeup.  I think makeup is stupid.  No one sees you!  If I am that ugly to you without makeup than dont look at me!

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Chellie13
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Mine don't wear makeup so whatever.  But if you "struggle " with it...with your daughter, maybe give up the fight?  The more you argue with a teen , the more they rebel.  Besides, are we going to raise our girls to believe that other people have a right to dictate what they can or cannot wear/do with their own bodies?  What happened to "my body, my choice"?  Does that apply JUST to abortion?  How about with makeup, clothes, piercings?  If they are teens and want to express themselves with any of those things, so be it. 

themomof3boys
by Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM
I would have no trouble with it at all...even when I was a teenager, I very rarely wore make up.
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sahlady
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If you have a daughter that would actaully have an issue with going in public with out make up a one day ban isnt going to give her the help she needs.

Sad.

OHgirlinCA
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

 That's pretty cool!  My daughter likes to wear makeup, but she doesn't wear it daily.  She doesn't need it, and knows it.  She just finds it fun to wear... she views makeup like an accessory, not a necessity.

sahlady
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

LOVE your cm name

Quoting OHgirlinCA:

 That's pretty cool!  My daughter likes to wear makeup, but she doesn't wear it daily.  She doesn't need it, and knows it.  She just finds it fun to wear... she views makeup like an accessory, not a necessity.


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