Remember all that time you spent in high school in the girls bathroom touching up your makeup, talking trash, or wasting time in between classes? Well a school in Britain recently decided its female students were a little TOO fabulous and decided to axe the mirrors in an attempt to curb makeup usage.

The school, Shelley College, previously had a “discrete” makeup policy for its high school students, but after school officials found that many girls were going to class with fully made-up faces, they decided to ban makeup all together.

According to British rag, the Daily Mail, parents and most students support the measure.

Head teacher John McNally told the paper:

“We removed the mirrors because there were a number of girls who were going in to the toilets at lunchtime and hanging around in there and eating their sandwiches.”

‘The girls were attracted to the mirrors and when we removed them the problem stopped. Most  have accepted the policy as the vast majority did not wear make-up and those who wore a little have been happy to stop.

‘The fuss is being caused by about five or six girls, who are the ones who wear the most make-up.

“We have had a lot of support from parents. Of course some of the girls are trying to push the boundaries.”

Since taking down the mirrors, officials at Shelley College say their test scores have increased because its new policies reflect the seriousness of their academic atmosphere, but many students find the policy unnecessary.

Shelley College isn’t the only one swearing off mirrors. Recently, Kjerstin Gruys, a sociology grad student decided to give up mirrors for a year, hoping to spend less time obsessing over her looks and more on living life.

What do you think? Do you agree with Shelley College’s no-mirrors, no-makeup policy? Sound off! 


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  • medina

    Yeah, what about the boys?
    And what’s the point? So typical in our world to create rules without real reflection.
    I mean how about teaching young people to appreciate themselves with or without makeup.
    They’re just mowing the lawn, the grass will grow right back.

  • I think its a great idea. I used to walk around w/ no glasses or contacts (I’m blind as a bat!) in high school. That was the most secure I’ve ever felt about myself in my life! I don’t know if that is the equivalent of no mirrors, but I never realized how freeing it is to not obsess over your looks.

  • Alexandra

    It’s not a bad idea. That should help the girls stay focused in school on not on their looks.
    Reminds me of HS, how much I hated the girls bathroom. Nothing but girls crowding the bathroom just to use the mirror.

  • Transatlantic

    I’m 100% in support of this. As a Londoner myself, who went to an all girls school, it makes me sad that the one place where you’re temporarily free from the pressures of adult society, can be a place which often turns into a cesspit of unnecessary vanity (eating sandwiches by a bathroom mirror? Come on son!). School is not a beauty parlour and if make-up is needed as a tool to “express yourself” (as one comment read) perhaps we need a refocus on what “self” actually is? Security and self esteem are one of the greatest things you can teach a young girl. If they’re not comfortable with their faces “au natural” from young, then it’s not going to get better with age. 6.5 hours without make-up is not the biggest tragedy in the world. They can slap it back on once the bell rings and the school gates shut behind them. Simple.