Brushing up on the #NoMakeup Movement
An unlikely beauty movement is becoming popular
Last year, there was a hashtag floating around on social media that had a hugeimpact on people’s self esteem. The “#NoMakeup” movement is an internet campaign that consisted of people posting pictures of themselves without any makeup on
The #NoMakeup movement started to encourage people to feel better about the way they looked at themselves. Makeup has always been used to enhance one’s beauty; however most feel as if makeup is unnecessary.
Embracing the natural appearance that everyone was born with is the main goal of the movement. Many people feel as if they are not attractive enough without makeup, so they wear it when it is most convenient for them. Some will even wear makeup all of the time.
“I think the no makeup movement is unnecessary because I think everyone looks great without makeup. To me, makeup is really unnecessary honestly. It covers up the beauty that is born with us.” said, David Balasz, junior.
According to the Renfrew Center Foundation, approximately 44 percent of women feel uncomfortable without makeup. Most women often depend on makeup to boost their self esteem, because they feel “naked” without it. The #NoMakeup movement encourages those to put the makeup brushes down and embrace the natural skin that they were born with.
“My opinion on women posting pictures with no makeup on [is that it] is a great way to show how much you love your natural features.” said, Tiara King, sophomore.
People often view the #NoMakeup challenge as unnecessary because people don’t have to be insecure to wear makeup. Some women just wear makeup for fun, or because it is what they do for a living.
“I think that it’s a good thing because it helps people feel better about themselves. I don’t wear makeup so I think it's good for my self-esteem.” said, Hailey Atiyeh, senior.
Celebrities, such as singer Alicia Keys, have taken heed to the internet movement to empower women about their appearance. Taking on the challenge herself, Keys recently stopped wearing makeup in hopes of feeling more confident about herself. Keys explained that by doing the challenge, she felt more powerful within herself.
“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” said, Keys about the bare face movement.
Because of this challenge, more people are feeling comfortable about the way they look. Instead of using makeup to cover up flaws, more people are embracing them because that is what makes them who they are. Being comfortable in the natural skin that one is born in is one of the greatest attributes of life.
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