The Weekly 'Natural'
Why We Should All Try to Go Natural One Day a Week
Primer, foundation, blush, bronzer, eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick (with a little bit of lip liner), let’s not forget, perfect curls or stick straight hair.
For men, this process seems bizarre. For women, it is our daily routine. It has become our second nature. The reason so many women feel insecure about their natural looks is they feel the need to disguise themselves daily.
According to Dove Self-Esteem Statistics, only 4 % of women in the world consider themselves beautiful and only 11 % of women feel comfortable using the word beautiful when describing themselves. Who even gets to determine who is truly beautiful and who is not? Even better, who has the privilege of letting women know whether or not they meet the criteria of beauty? The definition of beauty always evolves into what the media portrays, and that’s what needs to change.
The less makeup we wear, the less we feel we need it. If we pick a day, let’s say Monday, where we all spend the day with our natural face and hair, then maybe we won’t feel so naked with out it. Maybe you don’t feel comfortable going out and being the only woman without makeup, and that is totally understandable; especially if it has become so important to your daily life. I know it’s important to mine. Think of it this way: it takes one person to start a trend, and you could very well be that person. Propose to your group of friends the idea of going natural one day a week and who knows; maybe a bunch of them will join you.
It’s so terrible that women feel the need to fit this standard of beauty. It is so terrible that women idolize the unattainable image that media says is beauty. No one is perfect. Skin breaks out, sun makes us peel, eye bags happen, and it is all natural. It happens to all of us and you should not feel insecure for it. Embrace your natural beauty and go natural for one day a week.
Now, I am not saying you should never wear makeup again. So many girls, such as myself, have a love for makeup. Not necessarily because it masks our natural features, but because it is just awesome and fun. And that is totally okay. So don't go throw out your collection of eye shadows just use it a little less often.
Nina Brown is a senior in high school in sunny South Florida. She plans to double-major in Communications and Business when she leaves for college. She is the co-founder of http://onthelinereport.com and when she is not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys making videos, blogging, and taking photos. She is currently a member of the Her Campus High school Ambassador Program, a writer for She Speaks Magazine, and a national award-winning broadcast student. She is actively involved in raising awareness toward mental illness and in gaining equality among the LGBTQ community. She hopes to one day travel the world and enjoys sharing her personal views with the rest of the world.