Goodbye to makeup & mirrors? | The Momma Diaries

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Goodbye to makeup & mirrors?

That's right folks. That’s what’s happening at a British school, in northern England, which not only banned makeup for its 13- to 16-year-old students, but also took down the bathroom mirrors. This new approach is aimed to get teenage girls to focus on what's really important, rather than perfecting their beauty skills.

Do I agree with this? Actually. No.

I believe schools are over-stepping their boundaries a little too much here. I think if a parent allows their teenager to wear makeup [within reason], then so be it. It's their choice. I'm not talking bright blue eyeshadow and sexy red lips, however, what is so wrong with a little respectable makeup?

Now onto the fact that the school took down the mirrors. This to me is horrifying. Isn't it a known fact that teenagers struggle with self-esteem? In my opinion, removing the mirrors doesn't scream "embrace your natural beauty" to me. To a teenager it says, "I am ashamed of what I look like. Wouldn't it be better if I just disappeared?" Hence removing their mirror images.

Maybe I'm being a little mellow dramatic here, but I really do not agree whatsoever with this approach. If you want an angst teenager, then by all means, carry on. However, this school stating that teenage girls are far too concerned with beauty rather than academics, kind of seems funny to me. The school itself seems far too concerned with eliminating makeup and mirrors, rather than implementing motivational education programs, to engage their students.

Just my two cents. What are your feelings? To read the article click here.


  1. The makeup thing I agree with, I'm pretty conservative though. I wasn't allowed to wear makeup in high school, only one pink lipstick. And to this day I only wear it on special occasions. But the mirror thing seems silly. Nevermind looking at it for reasons of vanity, what if you have something in your nose? or your eye? There are other reasons to need a mirror. And while I don't agree in teaching girls they always have to be dolled up, I do believe in teaching them to be well kept and not looking like a slob and you need a mirror for that.

  2. Yikes! Banning makeup AND taking down mirrors? That's a little harsh. I have to agree with you. That's not doing any good what-so-ever!

  3. I don't think banning makeup is such a bad thing but I do agree that taking down the mirrors is a bit overboard!

  4. It is way too big brother. If I don't want my teen wearing make-up that is my call, not the schools. This school does know they look in the mirror before they leave for school and carry mirrors in their bags?
    Too extreme and I would yank my make-up wearing 15 year old out of there.


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