It’s 7PM on a Thursday afternoon and I sit down to enjoy a relaxing dinner with some guests.
‘Are you feeling alright Rachel?’, I hear.
‘Oh, its just that you look sick.’
My face drops.
‘Nope, I’m just not wearing any makeup’, I respond, attempting to sound as un-resentful and bitch-free as possible.
Newsflash: I’ve been at home all day writing, I have not left the house. Since when was it some sort of tedious crime to not wear makeup?
I scrunch up my face on the inside and eat my potatoes, my confidence feeling a little bit withered in the meantime.
I know I’m not exactly a supermodel without makeup; I have pretty bad acne scars, looming dark circles and, as a natural blonde, my eyebrows and eyelashes cease to impress without cosmetic help.
Above: 90210 star Analynne McCord knows the problems of being naturally light haired.(Photo from celebritytoob.com)
But I find myself getting constantly reminded of how I fall beneath the bar when I bear all.
Surely it’s not just me….
I did some research and the results are pretty appalling: forum upon forum of young women facing the exact same problem.
An anonymous commenter on Vogue’s forum admits that: ‘Once I went to work with nothing on and my boss came up to me and said, "You look absolutely terrible. What's wrong with you?" (And believe me, it wasn't in a concerned sort of way...)’
Whether these comments are out of concern or out of poor evil; they leave us feeling like someone’s stabbed a little at our self-confidence.
Take, for example, mega-blogger Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller) whose makeup free look was harshly referred to as f*** ugly by a male associate.
Apologies, world: we cannot all be Adriana Lima.
(Photo from enstarz.com)
What makes this issue a hundred times worse is the recent rise in #nomakeup selfies in the past couple of years. Remember all those selfies that were done for breast cancer? (An amazing cause!) How many ‘no makeup’ selfies did you scroll through where you could spot a slick of mascara or a dab of foundation here or there?
Above: Our fave stars try the no make-up selfie (Photofrom therooster.ca)
Surely, as a cause for a female-beneficial charity, we should have felt brave enough to bare all to help our fellow sisters?
Because we would have been judged.
Our masks are down and we fear those questions: ‘did you sleep last night’, ‘are you hungover’ or ‘are you sick’.
Because, although many of these may have been out of pure concern, they still make us feel like our natural beauty falls inadequate.
The truth is, without makeup, most of us are Katy Perry’s:
(Photo from dailymail.co.uk)
Yes: we have bags under our eyes, maybe a few wrinkles here and there and OF COURSE our eyes are not as beautifully defined as when we are donning half a ton of eyeliner.
But we are still full-of-life, sexy women.
P.S: If this post was too rant-y for you, here's a topless picture of Ryan Reynolds! Enjoy!