The Bare Faced Cheek Of No Make Up Selfie Haters
Here we go! I turned my head slightly to hide a crazy break out and I think that the lighting and filthy iphone camera lens may actually have done me some favours….but here’s my makeup free selfie.
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I hate my skin! I have eczema and acne like a teenager and I’ve always had dark circles around my eyes. So this is a bit :-S for me. In the past I would have ignored the postman ringing the doorbell rather than accept a delivery without my war paint on! But as the years go by, I care less and less about what people think (not exclusively post men!).
The #nomakeupselfie campaign has had a mixed reaction. Some people have mocked it, questioned it, complained about it. Here’s a few quotes from my own facebook timeline today.
“Ladies put your lippy back on….nasty”
“This is why I turn the lights out #Monsters”
“My whole timeline looks like an episode of the walking dead”
and one of my personal favourites….
I don’t understand the nastiness. I love make up, not just for it’s camouflage magic but for it’s colour and texture and how it allows me to express myself…..but am I wearing it by choice or have I just been acutely aware of how distasteful the world finds a naked female face? The ‘put your lippy back on’ attitude is everywhere but it’s actually quite serious. Imagine a woman turning up to a meeting with a bare face, the client would think she just hadn’t made an effort. Is that fair?
I think it’s time we question a society that believes we have to hide our faces behind products to be accepted. All this time I thought I wore make up out of choice, but maybe not?
Some people questioned the validity of the ‘support’ asking why women didn’t just donate rather than ‘subjecting’ everyone to their bare faces. I have never met a woman who would deny a donation to a breast cancer charity. It’s wrong to assume that women think that one selfie amounts to them ‘doing their bit’. It doesn’t have to be either/or, you can donate money and take part in these mass displays of support aswell. I think it’s the support that’s the point and it’s being missed by many.
The sisterhood takes a regular bashing! Women are forced to compete with each other all the time and bitchiness often ensues. These awareness campaigns, aswell as making breast cancer the topic of conversation in offices, coffee mornings and commuter trains up and down the country, bring women together. We don’t get that very often. We come together and in our own way we show our support for those of us who are fighting the good fight against cancer. We do it in funny ways with bra colours or where we left our handbag or in this case, we let ourselves be bare faced, naked of our masks. Vulnerable. We do it because we’ll do whatever we think might help and if it does help, if it does make one cancer fighter smile, then it’s worth it.
So bore off #nomakeupselfie haters. We might not look great without our make up but your nastiness is far uglier!
Bare naked face ladies…I salute you 🙂
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PS Thanks to Kat for the nomination 🙂