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Men have No Shave November, which is awesome. Cool, grow a crazy beard and cut it off just in time for the holidays. It’s getting chilly out so it’s just another layer to keep you warm. I get the craze. Everyone wants in on the new fad. A few years ago in college, some people would participate in No Shave November for charity– that’s even cooler. I am all about doing something for cause and promoting awareness.
Men have a month, so why can’t women? In the past, the month of November has been considered to be No Makeup November. During My senior year in college, three women and I pledged to not wear makeup for an entire month. This was a lot harder than expected. As it is, I hardly wear makeup a few bushes of mascara and maybe a touch of blush– then we are good to go. But with No Makeup November, I want to explore who I am without hiding behind a mask. Unfortunately, our culture and society has painted us a picture that you are only beautiful with a painted face, and often that is not the case. I understand that wearing make up is more necessary (essential) at times, and there are times when it isn’t. For instance, I know when I mean meeting with my company’s executives, it’s not a bad idea to have a fresh face and to put on a touch of makeup. This isn’t to over do it.
No Makeup November is an experiment in confidence. By not wearing makeup for a month, you will naturally grow confidence in your own beauty and in your own skin. This month is a search for answers. The goal of No Makeup November is to free women from beauty extortion. It will be challenging, but it will allow you to see the dependency makeup has on our lives.
I pledge, here and now, to not apply makeup & society’s definition of beauty to myself for the entire month. Realistically, I would love to allow myself to do this for an entire month; however, with a few business trips and a campaign on the horizon, I am pledging to not wear makeup for 20 of the 30 days in November.
Of course it will not be easy, but the outcome will be worth it. The goal: learn about myself, ideas of beauty, bringing awareness to others.