Put your mascara brushes down, ladies. February 9, 2012, called for an day to celebrate the beauty of a clean slate—A Day Without Makeup. This student-sanctioned event is the first one of its kind scheduled forBarringtonHigh School.
The concept was for female students to attend school that day with honest faces—bare of even one drop of foundation.
The idea popped into senior Brad Pector’s head in the middle of a late October night. According to Pector, that’s when he gets all of his “crazy ideas.”
“Some of my girl friends wear and sometimes worry about their makeup,” he said. “I think it’s a cool idea to, hopefully, help people to feel better about themselves.”
This concept exceeds “cool;” it’s impressive. Invented by a male, there’s trust that A Day Without Makeup will encourage female students to feel comfortable with themselves to embrace a day at school with their peers without wearing anything on their faces.
Even though makeup is intended to enhance facial features, many girls tend to take that amendment and turn it into a habit. Many don’t feel comfortable leaving the house without wearing makeup.
The disheartening matter is that such a ritual means that some girls don’t feel that they hold much beauty without some eye shadow and a stripe of eyeliner.
Open-minded students at Barrington support the idea. The event page on Facebook has almost 450 attendees.
In addition to his effort to help people to feel better about “having” to wear makeup, Pector also hopes to make a point for the girls who feel pressured to wear makeup for boys’ reactions.
While the ever-original ‘I don’t mind a little makeup…’ or ‘Then who will I want to go out with?’ jokes are entertaining some male students, many guys have shown support for the event, and deserve respect in return.
“I think it’s a cool idea,” freshman Konrad Eiring said. “I think that wearing makeup is something that men can pressure women to do. Some people like to do it for themselves, but others think they’re expected.”
A Day Without Makeup is a concept that should be taken advantage of; it will benefit BHS from the male to female students, and from students to staff alike. Inevitability, there is some undeserved criticism for the event.
Some BHS students argue that makeup is a form of self-expression for girls, that having a day to restrict makeup is like having a day to restrict practice of art.
Senior Grace McCauley understands the critique, but feels that it further supports the idea for the concept not to wear makeup.
“Makeup is a way of expressing yourself, just like clothes or anything else,” she said. “It’s not going to define you, so it shouldn’t be a big deal not to wear it.”
The issue with critics’ arguments is that they are stepping out of the territory of personal opinion, and entering a place to insult an innocent idea. For students to publicly advertise their disregard for the event is much more than expressing their honest opinions; it is above and beyond what is necessary and an inconsiderate attack on those who support it. Solution? Students can just as easily choose not to participate instead of make a big deal about their disagreement.
“I don’t think it’s fair for people to be so critical about it,” senior Rishi Chatterji said. “If girls want to participate, they should go for it; and if not, it isn’t a big deal. I think it’s an interesting experiment for a change”
A Day Without Makeup presented a perfect opportunity for students to set aside a time to honor our natural selves. Despite potential fear many female students may face, by the end of the day, it should benefit students—both male and female.
“A lot of girls I’ve talked to are reliant on makeup, and think they only look good with it on,” Pector said. “I want to show them that they’re wrong.”