Women Start No-Makeup Project, Courageously Survive 2 Months Without Lipstick
5:45 pm, March 29th | by Rebecca Srulowitz
Would you ever leave your house without makeup? Without just a smidgen of eyeliner and maybe a hint of lipgloss? If your answer is hell no, it’s probably because you work for M.A.C. and get paid to sport cheek stain on a regular basis… or maybe you’re just a “typical” woman. But if the thought of walking around in public without anything on your face–except for the, um, necessary things that usually accompany that area– doesn’t phase you, you should probably join the Naked Face Project.
Said project is the brainchild of two working women, Mollie Barker and Caitlin Boyle, who decided to stop wearing makeup… or shave their legs or armpits for 60 days. The no-makeup thing is great! No one should wear gobs of gook on their face when it’s 90 degrees and humid out.
Lest you think Barker and Boyle are protesting something and are planning to burn their bras next, guess again. According to their website, they’re going makeup-free for personal reasons: “We’re not trying to make a political or feminist statement. We simply want to live in our own space of authentic beauty and be more intentional in our actions.”
Supposedly, the idea for going makeup-less came about when an 8-year-old innocently asked why the women who told her she’s beautiful just as she is always wear makeup. Barker and Boyle thought it was a legitimate question, and so began this journey of self-discovery by being proud of their bare faces. They also inspired others to take the challenge with them, and not surprisingly, many women were up to the task. It’s a pretty cool idea– fewer women should be like Eleanor Rigby, “wearing the face that she keeps by the door…” More women, if they so desire, should feel empowered to go sans makeup.