Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 2.26.35 PMI’m finally on-trend with makeup! Well, no makeup, that is.

According to a New York Times article, perfectly applied makeup is so passe; it’s more desirable to appear confident with a bare face.

The more you do [your makeup], the more sort of frivolous you are, maybe,” says Into the Gloss’ Emily Weiss to writer Bee Shapiro.

I wouldn’t use the word frivolous. Many wear makeup for different – and legitimate – reasons. But I skipped makeup because I wanted to get as much sleep as possible in the mornings before work, and I hated to scrub it off at night. It had nothing to do with a movement or a revolution.

Yet all this no makeup talk led Shapiro to ask if there as a link between a bare face and feminism, after all, with this celebration of natural beauty comes a sense of empowerment. But it’s too early to tell; it could very well be a temporary fashion statement depending on how women are judged without it.

Writer Amy Ripley argues that employers expect women to fit a particular mold  when it comes to beauty and style: Makeup equals groomed and presentable; no makeup equals unprofessional and unkempt, and too much makeup means you can’t be taken seriously.

Well, I get the latter; but where in the world did she work that no makeup was considered unprofessional? Slathering my lips in vanilla chapstick doesn’t make me any less intelligent or capable. But who has time for all the judgments? I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with, huh.

Clutchettes, do think the #nomakeup trend could become a cultural movement?



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  • shybookworm

    I’ve never been big on makeup; I wear it on special occasions only. I don’t like the way it feels on my skin, and like some of the other posters have stated, I don’t have time in the morning to put it on or to scrub it off at night.

    Most of the jobs I’ve held didn’t require me to wear makeup, esp. if I worked at a non-profit. However, in more formal, corporate environments, it was understood that makeup was necessary, esp. if you worked the receptionist desk or met with a lot of clients. I tend to avoid jobs that require a “polished” look as that usually means straight hair, heels, makeup, close fitting/tightish clothes and being thin. While I dress well, I’m chubby, have natural hair and hate heels and tightish clothes. Add a fresh scrubbed face with only lip gloss and I’m not winning any fashion shows, lol.