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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. 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM
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RobynS
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 1:35 PM

When I read the title, I thought it meant me and I laughed because almost every day is "no makeup day" for me! LOL

But yes, I love this idea. My daughter is too young to be thinking about makeup yet, thank goodness!

SabrinaLC
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Probably not, or maybe.

I really only wear eyeliner

mama91605
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM
I don't even own make up.
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sweetlyblissful
by on Nov. 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM
I'm not into doing what everyone is doing. So I'd probably still wear make-up that day.
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supermeof3
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I have 3 dd's (still too young for makeup 9,7 &6), I do not wear make up everyday and I do teach them that they don't "need" it.  They are interested in make up and wear lip gloss sometimes (but only in the house)

celticgodess
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Every day is a no make up day for me so I'm curious to see how DDs are when they grow up. 

Flaca43
by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 7:02 AM

 I would be up for this! I think this is a wonderful idea! I know my teenage daughter is concerned about her looks right now and couldn't wait to be able to wear makeup. I think it would help the girls at her school to do this.

AleaKat
by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 7:04 AM
I'd have loved that! I was so insecure back then.
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meg4763
by on Nov. 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I would be for it if it was a choice, not mandatory. I do not have a daughter (wish I did) but when I was a teen I had very bad acne. If I didn't wear makeup daily, I would have been so self-conscious and upset. Even 10 yrs post-graduation, I still feel that I need makeup to feel good about my crappy skin sometimes. Hopefully, our son can avoid horrible acne if he takes after his dad's great complexion, since he won't ever have that option.

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