Updated: 21/03/2012 16:36 | By MSN Her team, MSN Her

National No Make-Up Day - would you do it?

Two members of the MSN Her team debate why one of them will be foundation-free, while the other will be fiercely clutching onto her lipgloss.


Women applying make-up (© Getty Images)

Zoe Zahra (© MSN)

Yes - I don't wear make-up everyday
Zoe Zahra, MSN Her, deputy editor

I probably shouldn't admit this as someone who writes about fashion and beauty for a living but I don't wear make-up every day. There I said it, it's out there! Don't get me wrong, if I have a blemish I need to hide I'll wear cover up, and if I need a little boost to a boring outfit I'll put on a bit of red lippy, but on a daily basis I don't wear make-up. No mascara, no eye liner not even foundation.

Call me lazy but I've always valued my extra 10 minutes in bed over putting on a face full of make-up and I flat out refuse to apply my slap on the train journey in to work. So it's nice that my "fresh faced" look is being celebrated today on No Make-Up Day.

I grew up in area where fake tan, false eyelashes, bleached hair and a whole raft of other beauty essentials was part and parcel of the teen girl's beauty regime. Despite this I never really felt the need to spend hours and hundreds of pounds to look like an extra from TOWIE. Make-up can transform a person and boost their self-esteem but if you wear it every day surely you don't look any different when it comes to glamming up for a night out?

Women have so much to do to keep themselves preened and picture perfect that I think a day where we embrace our natural selves is great. We are bombarded with images every day of celebrities who have been covered in make-up or photoshopped to look like someone completely different that I think it's great when we see them papped without their face full of make-up and still looking gorgeous.


Poorna Bell (© MSN)

No - I enjoy wearing make-up everyday
Poorna Bell, MSN Her, lifestyle editor

Women look better with make-up, fact. Of course there are exceptions - most women under the age of 20 don't need it and trowelled-on make-up a la Katie Price does no one any favours.

But, I don't think I'm setting women's lib 50 years back by stating a fact. It's one thing to solely rely on make-up to boost your confidence, but when used properly, it helps to even out your skin tone and enhance your best features - and why wouldn't you want to look your best?

I think the reason wearing make-up sometimes gets a bad rap is because people assume you're doing it to make you seem more attractive to the opposite sex. I can honestly say that I wear make-up because it makes me feel better, and I feel better because I look better. At no point does a man's opinion even come into it. Then there are some who say that it's vanity. But if that's the case, why even bother with fitted clothes? We all might as well wear hessian sacks.

What really makes me laugh are the women who use a smug tone when telling me "I don't wear make-up." Because that type of passive aggressive statement reveals the opinion that they are somehow better and more secure than me, a person who does wear it. Bully for you, I want to say, but you could really do with meeting my friend, the concealer.

I realise National No Make-Up Day is about focusing on inner beauty, and so it should be. But even the existence of such a day insinuates that my kind are quivering, insecure wrecks hiding behind a pan stick the other 364 days of the year and, ladies, we are anything but that.

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