After reading an article about two women in Charlotte, N.C. who challenged themselves to stop wearing makeup for 2 whole months, I can't help but be a bit inspired, but also pretty freaked out at the same time. They started "The Naked Face Project" in order to better be able to answer questions from young girls on why women need makeup to feel beautiful. This project is noble, applause worthy, and such a great idea. But I'm just not sure that I can get behind it.
Call me vain. Call me shallow. Call me whatever you want -- but the thought of giving up my concealer, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lip gloss makes me want to run upstairs to my bedroom and lock the door & hide from the world. Because wearing makeup (dare I say it) makes me feel better about myself. (Is that so wrong)? I just don't think I'd feel confident at all leaving the house without it. I'm not sure that I'd feel quite like "me."
The girls behind The Naked Face Project, Molly Barker and Caitlyn Boyle, on the other hand, are almost at the end of their 2 month makeup free stretch, and they both feel more empowered than ever after ditching their regular beauty routines. They say their skin looks better. They feel liberated. And Caitlyn has even saved about $150 a month (a total plus for sure).
But can the no makeup thing really work for anyone? One of my best friends doesn't wear any, but she's so gorgeous that she really just doesn't need it. When I get out of bed in the morning and see my face without anything on it, however, I think I look strange -- and slightly haggard. But maybe that's just because I'm so used to seeing myself with makeup that I can't stand the sight of myself without it?
Molly and Caitlyn are setting such a great example for women, and especially impressionable young girls, and the idea definitely has be a bit intrigued. But there's no way I could give up my cosmetics for a full two months.
Hmm. I wonder if I'd be able to go makeup free for one entire week just to test the waters a bit? There's a slight possibility that I might be willing to take the challenge. Stay tuned.
Would you be willing to give up wearing makeup for a week? How about for 2 months?
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