These days there seems to be a 'nationally recognised' day for everything from cheese appreciation to wear-your-pants-backwards. Most are fun and a little bit pointless, some raise awareness of important issues and others just baffle me completely. A no-smoking day, AIDs awareness or raising the profile of domestic violence have a very important role in today's society, but what does this newest craze of 'no makeup day' actually mean? When I googled the term I couldn't actually find the source of the 'celebration', but instead found article after article of journalists and bloggers daring to bare (or at least proclaiming why they don't have the courage to bare all, even for one day.) Who invented this and why on earth have they done it? For me, makeup is all about self expression and enhancing our features to make the most of what we've got - we're not all blessed with the bone structure of Kate Moss or Zoey Deschanel's lashes, so we have to fake it a little bit.
Makeup personally gives me the confidence to be who I want to be. I don't feel myself without a little bit of blush, a touch of mascara and a slick of lipgloss, so who is society to demand that I rid myself of this for one day a year? What does it achieve? I'm sure there are some people out there that think we all wear the slap as a way of attracting the opposite sex, but for me that isn't the case at all; If I don't feel confident I don't act confident, and that impacts on my job, my performance and my relationships with others. I can do without it, don't get me wrong - I can often be seen at festivals and on holiday without a scrap of the good stuff, but I just much prefer an even skintone. There are of course certain people who could do with laying off the slap a little to let their natural beauty shine through (yes ladies of TOWIE, I'm talking to you) but all in all I think this is the most ridiculous concept ever. I can't imagine somebody conceptualising a no-deodorant-day or a dont-shave-your-legs-for-a-week-day, so why should we put the brushes down, step away from the highlighter and refuse that oh so pretty lipstick?
What do you think?