Make-up: Life’s Innocent Pleasure

Apparently, over 8000 people entered the Lorraine: Naked competition earlier this month. Those of you who didn’t watch, don’t worry, it’s all about faces, not bodies. The competition, as part of a Superdrug national campaign was to find Britain’s most naturally beautiful people, unenhanced by make up, botox or plastic surgery. The winners all received a Superdrug goody bag (I wonder what was in that), a modelling shoot and will be featured in a forthcoming Superdrug advertising campaign.

Isn’t it great that there are so many people in the U.K. content to go out as themselves and are happy in their own skin so to speak? Should I be worried that I won’t leave the house without my Rimmel Liquid eye liner  and a gorgeous long lasting lip gloss such as Clinique Long Last gloss wear in Fireberry?

I think that depends on why I wear make up in the first place. Quite simply, it makes me feel fantastic! It’s one of the few pleasures in this world that doesn’t make you fat, increase your chance of heart disease, diabetes or cancer or isn’t illegal.


A life without make up can be quite dull. Can you imagine the Oscars or Baftas without it?  Would female TV presenters enjoy a successful career if they didn’t wear make up? We are not all blessed with the obvious good looks the winners of the Lorraine: Naked competition have and is it any more wrong to want ourselves to look better that it is to want our houses to look better?

Many men seem to prefer women to wear only moderate amounts of make up and look more natural. Whilst they might prefer younger women this way, does this still hold true for women as they get older? Society has a habit of being unforgiving towards ageing women and it’s no wonder that women have resorted to survival tactics that still make them look attractive, feel younger and full of self esteem.

It’s great if you like your natural look and it’s not wrong to want to enhance it. Make up for me is one of life’s innocent pleasures!

About Sneha

I am a pharmacist and homeopath and have advised people for many years on issues to do with health, weight and well being. My role has involved navigating my way through the burdensome and sometimes conflicting volume of information and advice from health experts about with what constitutes a healthy diet, what foods to avoid if you want to lose weight and the importance of exercise in weight control and maintaining health. Despite all this information being available, obesity in the UK continues to rise. Knowledge is one thing, but putting it into practice is another! Having lost 3 stones since the birth of my second child, people have been asking me how I did it. That's what has inspired me to write this blog and share my experiences in the hope that it inspires others to find their own path to achieving their health and beauty goals!
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