For some women, make-up is a defence tool. A way to cover ‘imperfections’. For others, it’s a confidence booster, a way to appear more desirable.
For others, it’s simply part of their routine. Wake up, shower, apply mascara and so on and so forth.
Rarely do you see a woman in the workplace with a naked face – and rarely do you see a celebrity on the red carpet sans cosmetics.
But that seems to be changing.
Last year, Alicia Keys hit headlines after revealing she no longer plans to wear make-up.
The singer explained her decision via Lena Dunham’s feminist newsletter, Lenny, writing: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”
And she’s not alone in her strive to release society of their dependency on make-up.
Lady Gaga dared to bare her face on the cover of US Vogue in September, while Christina Aguilera went makeup free on the cover of Paper magazine in March – and received a positive response globally for her efforts. We’re so used to seeing the singer caked in foundation, fake eyelashes and the like that she was barely recognisable in the photos.
Elsewhere, ‘Three Billboards’ star Frances McDormand (who went viral for her rousing, inclusive speech) accepted her best actress accolade at this year’s Oscars wearing not a scrap of make-up.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce and Lady Gaga have all gone make-up free on social media, proving just how good a make-under can be.
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