seven days

dreamstime_18232424Cesca has shared with me a BuzzFeed video blog that she found on FaceBook of a young woman who went for a week without make up.

I watched it with interest, having had many similar experiences. I even laughed out loud when a co-worker who remarked at her looking tired since that is what I’ve noticed about myself sans make up — I look tired. This was not the worst thing someone could say to me.

Come to think of it, no one has said anything negative to me but me.

The worst thing that people could say was said in the comments section of the post. While I was not surprised, I was saddened by the pretty negative and sometimes vicious comments made regarding this young woman’s experience, mostly because the comments were made by women. Again, given my own experience from earlier years, along with those of my daughter and several friends when we all compared notes, I don’t know why this still affects me. It’s more of a commentary on the person who criticizes than the one being criticized.

Scrolling through the comments, I noticed that there were more than a few men who commented on how they don’t mind when we don’t wear make up — that women care more than men do. There’s a lot that could be said to this, but that is a whole other conversation for another time.

So I can’t help but wonder what everyone else’s experience has been of this? I have mentioned in several posts that the guys don’t really mind it as much as we do, which brings the video blogger’s point full circle – she did the experiment to see how she felt when she didn’t have make up on. It wasn’t necessarily about everyone else’s reactions.

For me, it has been both.

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