I first learned about Makeup Free Mondays from the website The Beauty Bean. The founder of this very cool body-positive beauty website, Alexis Wolfer, has been promoting Makeup Free Mondays as a way to encourage women to feel comfortable in their own skin, and to stop seeing makeup as a requirement. These things, I can definitely get behind in theory, but are harder in practice! Though she is certainly not anti-makeup full stop, Wolfer describes intentionally going without makeup as "liberating, inspiring, and, needless to say, timesaving." She also admits that it's a bit intimidating... which is the primary emotion I'm feeling right now.
|This is one of the only photos I have of me without makeup.|
I feel more confident when wearing makeup... I think I look more polished, prettier. And so... despite cutting back quite a bit for this project, makeup has remained part of my routine even after I stopped looking at myself in the mirror. I've even felt pride in my mirror-free makeup application skills. The most frequent question people - especially my female students, for some reason - ask me upon hearing about the project is "How do you do your makeup? It looks so good!" This makes me feel nice. It also encourages me to keep wearing makeup. That is, until tomorrow!
Instead of foundation+blush+eyeshadow+mascara, tomorrow I'll be wearing sunscreen+chapstick. I'll be giving two lectures, and will be spending time with a much-admired guest speaker (Lisa Wade, sociologist and co-founder of Sociological Images). It will be a very public, and (in my opinion) a fairly important day. So I'm scared. To be honest, leaving the house without any makeup scares me more than my earlier fears leaving the house with poorly applied makeup! But I think it will be okay...
I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow. What do you think?? Have you ever tried this. Would you? Do you wear makeup every day, or only for special occasions?
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