This week some inspired bloggers are taking on a new challenge: a week without makeup, initiated by writer Rachel White of the blog Rabbit Write. Says White:
“It’s not about taking a week off because make-up is somehow bad or because not wearing it is better. It’s that by taking a week off, I should be able to understand my relationship to cosmetics more clearly. Why do I feel I need to sketch on eyebrow pencil before going to the grocery? To shellac my face before seeing a friend? And if I am going to a networking event or party, can I feel comfortable in anything less than contoured cheeks and caked on lashes?
When I think about not wearing make-up for a week, a voice inside of me screams, Noooooooooo! And this is exactly what I want to explore. I mean, the thing is this: Make-up is a powerful tool, it has the ability to transform, to incite imagination and creativity. But, when an option turns into a necessity, I don’t know it it’s still a tool. At the least, it loses it’s spark.
That leaves us wondering. The idea of a week without makeup seems frightening. I am one of those people who won’t leave the house without some eyeliner and mascara on. This is probably in part because I am Casper-the-Friendly-Ghost pale. And I also live in a very image-conscious place (NYC) where real-life models hang at the coffee shop in my neighborhood. I never used to be like this, but over time, as my obsession and experimentation with beauty products increased, makeup went from a sometimes routine to a necessary (and enjoyable) part of my day.
I like makeup, and I feel like that’s not a bad or conflicted thing. But what is troubling is that I feel like I can identify myself better with makeup than without it. When I look at my face without makeup, it takes me a nanosecond longer to really recognize myself. The stock image of myself that is stored in my head is one with mascara, blush and lipstick, not without.
So, will I try a week without makeup? Probably not. I am admittedly image-conscious and vain — and I like myself better with a full face of gunk. But I do appreciate that it’s making me ask myself some pretty deep questions about why I put it on in the first place. Would you go — or have you gone — without makeup for a day, a week or longer? [Rabbit Writes]