Make-Up is Ugly

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We start with the message on this T-shirt.

Make-up women wear daily
"Make-up is Ugly"
Would You Go to Work Barefaced? Get Ready for Makeup-Free Monday
'TODAY' hosts discuss their body images, insecurities
Stars Without Makeup
Old make-up is an infection risk

Daily Mask Ingredients: Percentage of women who say they use:

Mascara and/or eyeliner


Foundation and/or concealer


Blush and/or bronzer


Lipstick and/or lip gloss

Source: Self magazine survey of 2,000 readers reported in USA Today 10/11

"Make-up is Ugly  

Wearing make-up supports the harmful standard of beauty produced by the cosmetics and advertising industries. Don't Buy It!"

We're not saying don't use make-up for a costume party. However, teaching our girls that they need make-up to be beautiful only produces stort-term results. As John Donne said, "Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies." Don Juan Demarco (the movie) went future by saying "There is beauty in every woman." Prior to hearing that message, I thought beauty, as described in the dictionary, was appearance. Now, to me, beauty has nothing to do with the physical appearance. And, when I realized that, it opened up a whole new world for me. Let's teach our daughters that beauty is much deeper than the outside serfice of our bodies. It travels outward from the soul.

'TODAY' hosts discuss their body images, insecurities

Monday the 'TODAY' show kicked off a week-long series called 'Love Your Selfie.' During the first segment, the anchors revealed their body-image insecurities before removing their makeup.

Savannah Guthrie revealed she didn't always appreciate being tall and used to drink coffee because she heard it stunted growth. (Didn't work. She's 5'10''!)

Anchor Matt Lauer even said at one point that he had too much hair. He decided to cut it off back when he anchored with Katie Couric.

Al Roker brought up something he was self-conscious about, too: His weight. He underwent a gastric bypass surgery in 2002, and according to the Huffington Post, he's lost more than 100 pounds. And he said when he thinks of beauty today, he thinks of his wife. Awww..

The hosts also shared things they love about themselves. (Now Guthrie says she likes her height.)

After the segment, all the hosts took off their makeup. Even the guys!

Other viewers were joining in on No-Makeup Monday as well.

As 'TODAY' emphasized, it's time to love your selfie, with or without makeup.

Would You Go to Work Barefaced? Get Ready for Makeup-Free Monday

Would you ever consider hitting the office, a business meeting, or just heading to the local supermarket without a swipe of your trusty lip gloss, concealer, or bronzer?

Quite frankly, some of us would rather go pantsless than leave the house without powdering our noses, but that's exactly what The Beauty Bean website founder Alexis Wolfer is aiming to change.

In the vein of Casual Friday, she's spearheading Makeup Free Monday, a social campaign that challenges women to rethink their natural inner beauty and to stop apologizing for not wearing enough or perfectly-applied makeup.

"I deeply understand and value the power that makeup has to empower women and boost self esteem -- it is, after all, why I started an online women's magazine that focuses on beauty inside and out. In no way is Makeup Free Mondays meant to discount the allure of cosmetics or the power of beauty," says Wolfer.

Yet after hurrying into a work meeting with a male colleague, Wolfer found herself apologizing for not wearing makeup. She then realized how it 'ridiculous' it was that she felt the need to apologize for something that wasn't inherently 'wrong' -- and for something which it turns out the colleague didn't even notice. That's when the message really hit home for Wolfer.

"The Beauty Bean's mission is to promote better body image and prevent eating disorders, Part of developing confidence is becoming more comfortable in one's own skin. It's not that I want women to feel uncomfortable in makeup again, but I do want them to feel comfortable without it again. I want us all to be able to look in the mirrors without a swipe of blush or lip gloss and appreciate our natural beauty," adds Wolfer.

It was Wolfer's Columbia University graduate thesis on the role women's magazines play in promoting negative body image that conjured the writer's thoughts on the significant way in which the media influences women's identities.

"Magazines hold a lot of power. They not only reflect society's values, but also shape them. Women are hungry -- pun intended -- for a place to get their beauty and fashion fix without being inundated by unrealistic body ideals. The proliferation of such damaging messages is in no way a necessary byproduct of fashion, beauty, health and fitness content," says Wolfer.

In addition to taking a day off from the war paint ritual, Wolfer encourages women to donate unused makeup to their local Dress for Success or women's charity, and to spread the word via social media.

While the idea sounds positive in theory, the hardcore makeupaholics among us may see Makeup Free Mondays as an impossibly painful proposition. Wolfer has some special advice for the beauty junkies.

"If the thought of going 'face-less' is just too daunting, we suggest that women start by eliminating one thing from their beauty routine. Another suggestion is to do a 'test run' on a weekend when you're just going to be with girlfriends or family to see how it feels," says Wolfer.

And despite Wolfer's intial anxiety and hesitation with going makeup-free herself, she says that the campaign has transformed her life.

"Makeup Free Mondays has been empowering, enlightening and beautifying -- so much so that I sometimes even take part in Makeup Free Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays too!" (It, uh, helps that she appears to have perfect skin.)

Los Angeles-based beauty empowerment coach Ungenita Prevost works with women business owners on better packaging themselves, and agrees with the campaign's message that makeup should be an enhancement and not a social shield.

"To think of beauty exclusively from a vanity perspective is an injustice. You must open your eyes and accept all that you are inside and out before you put on blush, eye shadow or lipstick. You can make up your face but when you makeover your mind, it will transform your life!"

Need a little push to go barefaced? Click here for expert tips for natural looking makeup! (Editor's note: I don't believe there is such a thing.. Companion article claims "Learn how to master the 5 Minute Face, an easy, pretty look that focuses only on the makeup you really need." "Need?" Still making women feel inadequate without tonic chemicals on their face.)

Comments to the above article from men:

Brad 5-17-2017 @ 3:58PM

Some of the comments are sickening to me. People are so ashamed of their faces they're not even willing to try ONE day a week?

Think of women who have skin conditions, some sort of disease disfiguring their face, I bet they feel more free than most women do, happier. I do wedding shots and I make it a point never to change anything about the person, and the video I posted is the only reason we're the way we are now

Mark F 5-12-2017 @ 9:50AM

I think thats a great idea. I appreciate when a lady looks "natural" and you can see her real beauty.

Gerald 5-12-2017 @ 10:03AM

I find women, which don't wear makeup and go "natural" are significantly more beautiful, sexier and filled with self confidence.

Jeffrey 5-12-2017 @ 11:38AM

A woman's beauty really comes out when she is not wearing an over abundance of makeup. A man really appreciates a woman who can look naturally beautiful first thing in the morning. I am all for makeup free Monday.

Stars Without Makeup

Do you recognize any of these movie stars without make-up. Here some of them are photographed without make-up.

Old make-up is an infection risk

Throw away eye products (mascara, eyeline, shadow) after 6 months of daily use. Foundation lasts about 2 years; dry face power and lipstick stay safe for about 3.

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Make-up dishonors God because God gave you one face, and you make yourselves another. - Adaptation from William Shakespeare

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. - Mark Twain

Ask a toad what beauty is...; he will answer that it is a female with two great round eyes coming out of her little head, a large flat mouth, a yellow belly and a brown back. - Voltaire

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