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Would you be up for a No Makeup Day?

Posted by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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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. 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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johnny4ever
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Do t have a daughter..but I do no make up days

CampClan
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM
I go without every day but Sunday. I get dressed up for church so I put on make up as well. Other days idc because I work with infants for a living.
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AzariahsMother
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Heck yeah because I don't wear make up now...lol!

AzariahsMother
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I don't think DD would have a problem doing it either.  She does not wear that make either and more just eye stuff.

Hyman
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:18 PM
I do no makeup days all the time. Lol.
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goddess99
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:51 PM

My dd has no interest in makeup and I don't wear any either so we would have no problem.

Bmat
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yes I would, but then I only wear a little blush so I don't look washed out.

TheBabyFactory4
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Same here

Quoting AzariahsMother:

Heck yeah because I don't wear make up now...lol!

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GwenMB
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I've never worn makeup, so this would be easy for me.

id be curious to hear what impact this had at the high school.

mysticalmalissa
by Gold Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I dont have daughters. Dont know how I would feel about that if I did.

Makeup wasnt a big deal when I was in high school unless it there was a concert or something.

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