Ladies, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in our culture–by which I mean the culture of working women. I’ve had several conversations of late that left me feeling unsettled about the way we feel pressured to wear makeup on a daily basis. It seems that almost every working female friend or acquaintance of mine either wears makeup everyday because she thinks she has to or doesn’t wear makeup on occasion and feels guilty and self conscious about it.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love makeup. I really like the way just a bit of eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow filler can make my eyes pop. I love the way a bright color looks on my lips. To me, it’s fun. It’s playful. But it is not a requirement.
You should never feel bad, weird, guilty, or like you’re not doing your best simply because you aren’t wearing makeup. Your face is a human face. It is fine the way it is. Makeup should be something fun, something inconsequential–never a requirement for walking out your door.
The picture above, in which I’m wearing zero makeup, is how I look walking into the office most days of the week. Do I like makeup? Sure. But I’m a normal working human and I don’t always have time to put it on in the morning. I’m fine with this. I hope you feel this way too, but if you’re among the women out there who doesn’t–and I know you’re out there–I urge you to challenge your own feelings. Try picking just one day a week to go makeup free and observe your feelings about yourself, ask yourself if these feelings are valid.
There was a time not so long ago when makeup pretty much was a requirement for women, just as making babies and sandwiches and polishing floors were socially enforced expectations. Makeup is only an okay thing for us to engage with as liberated women if we feel that it is not a requirement, if we feel that it is fun and playful.
I’ll step off my soapbox now. I’d love to hear your thoughts.