04 Jun 2012 11 Comments
Operation Fresh Face: Would you be able to go makeup free for one week?
You know those pics of celebs without makeup? I love them. It’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. Why? It makes the celebs seem more like us, regular people. Ironically, I tend to run at the sight of a camera when I’m not wearing makeup. I only get my pic taken sans makeup for very specific reasons, and usually, when it’s in my control, i.e. a before and after shot for the blog for example. I just prefer it that way.
It doesn’t mean that I’m never caught without makeup on. It actually happens quite frequently, and in all honesty, I’m okay with it.It’s no wonder a Globe & Mail article this week about this very topic caught my attention. The writer decided to forego makeup for one week (link!)) as part of an Operation Fresh Face. I enjoyed the article. It was funny and did bring up some interesting and thought-provoking points about why we wear makeup.
Some stats in the article suggest makeup makes women more successful. For example, The American Economic Review suggests that women who wear makeup out-earn non-wearers by 30 per cent. Meanwhile, a study conducted a few years ago in Paris found that wearing makeup to a bar makes you 33-per-cent more likely to get approached by a man.
I don’t know about you but these stats aren’t that compelling.
I also don’t think this is what motivates us to wear it.
If push came to shove, I could go an entire week without makeup. No problem. I could probably even go an entire month.
But I would miss it. A lot.
Wearing makeup for me is fun. It’s creative. I enjoy it.
I’m okay with showing my fresh face to the world. But my world would feel just a little bit more…boring. That’s just me though.
Have a read of the article. Would love your thoughts!