Nomakeupselfie and makeupselfie

If you’ve been active on social media this week, or have watched or read the news, it will have not passed your attention that there has been an explosion of pictures of women who are bereft of make-up (or men with full faces of make-up, or wearing just a strategically placed sock) being posted online.  It seems to have begun with author Laura Lippman posted a picture of her bare face in support of actress Kim Novak who was criticised for her looks after her recent Oscars appearance, however, people following suit started adding the hashtag #breastcancerawareness to the pictures.

After noticing the trend, Cancer Research UK sent out a tweet saying: “We’re loving your #cancerawareness #nomakeupselfie pics! The campaign isn’t ours but every £ helps #beatcancersooner.”  In only two days over £2 million has been raised for the charity – which is truly amazing, and other charities around the world are benefiting also.

I’ve been challenged, as have most of my friends, and here’s me in all my glory – plus an after shot wearing make-up which ties in with a couple of my posts over the last month.  I’m still waiting for the text response to my donation so I’ve not been able to add it to my picture – but I have text BEAT to 70099 to donate £3.  It’s a far more productive trend than Necknomination that’s for sure!

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Blog post "#nomakeupselfie and makeupselfie"

When I look at these photos, I can see how little change there is between my bare face and my made-up face. Some people might not be able to tell the difference apart from the lipstick, and I’m happy with that.  I work on the principle that I want to enhance my features rather than hiding behind a mask.  Given a choice, I would always slap on some lipstick and a bit of blusher, but I can, and do, leave the house without make-up.  Indeed I was prompted to go to an exercise class earlier this week with no make-up on at all (just some lip balm) after watching this video of Tracey Spicer talking at tedxsouthbankwomen.

It’s 15 minutes long, and well worth watching as it highlights the pressure that women feel about conforming to a certain image (and it’s very funny).  Ultimately, I think the biggest challenge to overcome is being happy with what we see in the mirror, but the reality is that it’s not just a case of changing our outer covering, but also dealing with the inner voice that holds us back.

 

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/no-makeup-selfie-trend-raises-1m-for-cancer-research-uk-in-just-24-hours-9205474.html

Watch video: http://www.upworthy.com/this-woman-stripped-her-dress-off-while-onstage-in-the-name-of-feminism-point-well-made

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D