National No Make-Up Day

  • Posted on: 1 April 2008
  • By: mokshalom

I'm toying with the idea of going make-up free for a week to unplug myself from needing to look good and see how I feel. I'm not sure if I'm ready to do it yet, but I'm considering it.

The UK recently celebrated "National No Make-Up Day" on March 27, 2008. What's sad about this are the many negative articles and blog reactions against this concept. Threatened women, grasping onto their make-up as a dying man is to a life preserver, described the holiday as "silly" and "ridiculous."

One blogger writes:

I think this is one of the most ridiculous ideas I’ve ever heard. That’s like saying ‘OK everybody, today we’re all going to shave our hair off’ or ‘Come on, people - today we’re going to walk round with our eyes shut’.

Another blogger has the most fascinating description of how she thinks she appears with make-up:

Over the years I have learned to use makeup do wonderful things for my face, things that everyday onlookers think happen to my face all on it's own. Like my blemish-free dewy skin, my longer than life eyelashes, my just got finished having sex flushed cheeks -- those things aren't natural people it's the makeup.

Really? You actually have "blemish-free dewy skin" and "sex flushed cheeks" on a daily basis? Wow.

In actuality, I suspect that this woman is fooled into thinking make-up makes her look so fabulous, when really it's a placebo effect occurring. She only thinks she looks so fabulous because she ascribes make-up with magical powers. I used to do the same thing with my bleached blonde hair.

I am reminded, thanks to Eckhart Tolle's class on Oprah.com, that such obsessions with appearance are the ego screaming for validation and recognition. Don't get me wrong. I've been there. I'm still there. I'm constantly obsessing about the lines on my forehead. I want to remain young forever. I want to be attractive to men.

But I know that such a fascination is a shallow pursuit doomed to disappointment. We will all get old and die someday. And men who like us for how we look don't really like us - it's just their ego reacting to our ego. And that's not real love. True love is not about how dewy and blemish-free your skin is. True love is a connection of spirit with spirit.