Members of Student Media Team originally came up with the idea of a ‘No makeup challenge’ to see how girls would react to not wearing makeup. At first we were all a bit nervous and didn’t really want to take part in the challenge but managed to overcome the fear of not wearing makeup. Our biggest concern was how people would react seeing us with a bare face for the first time.
None of us had as many bad comments as what we thought we would receive and by not wearing any makeup we have become more confident around the people who normally see us with it on. We all managed to make it through the four days without applying any to our faces even though it was very tempting at times. We seemed to get compliments on our ‘ flawless skin’ looked which took us all by surprise and really helped us get through the four days.
Although some of us struggled at the start of the week, by the end we were feeling more confident and comfortable in our own skin.
Personally I now feel confident enough to now go to school with very little makeup despite my blemished skin. I think it was a great project for us to take part in as it gave us all the chance to show who we really are and take pride in our natural appearance.
I think by wearing no makeup I feel more confident around the boys as I didn't get as many negative comments as what i thought i would. By not wearing makeup I am unable to cover up the things i don't want others to see which could be a problem depending on what my skin looks like on that day.
I think in society now, especially for this age group, there is a lot of pressure from the media and celebrities to be “perfect”. People are portrayed as having “perfect” skin, the “perfect”figure and the “perfect” hair. In this day and age, it is really difficult to juggle exams, social lives and hobbies whilst also going through puberty. We are going through so many changes, physically and emotionally and do not have enough representation in the media at the moment.
There are so many things wrong with society at the moment, another thing I feel strongly about is representation for boys that wear makeup. Boys wear makeup too and i feel as though the media is only now realising. With newly emerging male makeup artists like James Charles (the new face of Covergirl), Manny mua, Patrick Star and loads more. People are finally realising that makeup is not aimed at one specific category. Society believes that men have to be “masculine” and women have to be “feminine”. With old laws being legalised (gay marriage, transgender etc) people are finally realising that they can be accepted for who they are.
If wearing makeup makes YOU feel like YOU then so be it. If not wearing makeup makes you feel comfortable then there's no problem with that. I think that people are only now realising how important it is to be yourself, but with so many celebrities showcasing their bodies and faces as “perfect” you can't help but beat yourself up about your flaws and things “wrong” with your body. Makeup is not necessary, and should not be. I hope that our video and our experiences will help teenagers everywhere, boys and girls, acne and no acne, tall and short, to find who they are inside and realise that they don’t need to conform to the standards of society. YOU be YOU and nobody else.”
I think that students nowadays spend way too much time and money on their make up because we fear that in society today we are judged on the way we look.
By wearing no makeup for a while I now feel more confident in myself. Sometimes it is still nice to put on some makeup in the morning but I know understand that it isn’t that important. No girl should feel pressured into wearing makeup to please other people. Everyone has the right to be who they want to be, wearing makeup or not.
I was very nervous coming into school for the first day, as I had not come into school without makeup for over a 2 years. It was a very weird experience walking through the gate, and I almost started to get a little bit paranoid, as I felt that everyone was looking at me. However, I felt that after the first day I was feeling a lot more confident. Overall I have benefited in so many ways. I feel that i took a lot more care with my skin and hair, which has made me more confident, especially when I have a makeup free face.
The thought of not wearing any makeup for four days was very daunting. On the first day I was very nervous about going in bare faced. I had a few comments made but I just ignored them and continued on with my day. The second day I felt more confident. On the weekend I didn’t really mind and just tried to continue as normal. I missed doing my makeup but it did mean I could sleep in for an extra half an hour!
I think in our society makes young girls feel pressured to look a certain way. The media makes us feel like if we don’t look like all the celebrities and models we aren’t good enough. Makeup helps you to feel more secure within yourself. People portray this image of “Perfect” but in reality no one will ever be “Perfect”. I wear makeup for myself and I dislike it when people judge you on whether you have makeup on or not. People have called me fake in the past because I wear makeup but when I don’t they make comments. The media can pressure people to do things that aren’t them. I am much more confident know to go into school with no makeup and I will have the odd day when I don’t. I am so glad i have done and took part of this challenge.