Take it Off! Take it Off!



Don’t you think it’s strange that in the year 2016, when we routinely send exploratory rockets into space, women still think it’s normal to smear gunk on their faces in the bizarre belief that it will make them look better?

I can understand how the ancient Egyptians might think that painting their faces would make them more acceptable to the gods. As I understand it, ancient Egyptians worshiped the sun and other inexplicable deities. They had a lot of weird ideas.

They even sacrificed each other to various gods. And they spent their time building pyramids for no good reason. (No Ben Carson, the pyramids weren’t built to store wheat, and Joseph didn’t build them.)

But that was then. This is now.

We’re supposed to have spent the past several centuries evolving into sensible creatures.

So I am encouraged when I read that a growing number of celebrities are daring to bare their faces to the world. No lipstick. No eye shadow. No rouge ( do they still make rouge?).

No hair weave.

Singer Alicia Keys (above) is apparently behind the no-makeup movement. She has company. Increasingly, celebrities are baring it all in public and on social media – all of their faces, anyway. These enlightened celebrities include Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Demi Lovato, Rihanna, Zooey Deschanel and Kesha…The list goes on.

What’s even more encouraging is that the movement is catching on with the public. Today’s busy women are finding better ways to spend their time than primping in front of a mirror (“with a pound-and-a-half of cream” upon their faces).

Of course the no-makeup movement has sobering economic implications.

If women stop using makeup, what will happen to the massive cosmetics industry? Where will the industry’s employees go to find jobs?

I suppose society will handle that eventuality as it has handled similar challenges in the past.  I don’t think anybody still makes corsets or bustles, for example.

More on the no-makeup movement

The no-makeup look

How the cosmetics industry began