ggold May 9, 2012

Each week our no-holds-barred beauty blogger Grace Gold picks apart a hot topic beauty story. It’s our version of an op-ed…with lipstick, laser treatments, and eyeliner. We often see celebrities on the cover of tabloids with a headline tearing them apart for daring to step outside sans makeup. But politicians? This is new. Hillary Clinton is making media waves for stepping out in public with just a swipe of lip color, glasses, and a—gasp!—otherwise bare face. While the Secretary of State diligently worked diplomatic relations in China and India, maintaining an itinerary that would leave any human half her age pleading for an intravenous drip of Starbucks, the 64-year-old decided to save some time and go au naturale. While Fox News accused Clinton of looking “tired and withdrawn,” Suzi Parker of The Washington Post called it “refreshing” and said she “looked like a school girl—the Hillary in her granola college days at Wellesley.” Meanwhile, Clinton reacted to the media blare by telling CNN, “I feel so relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now, because you know if I want to wear my glasses, I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to wear my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back. You know, at some point it’s just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention.” And like her well-documented love of scrunchies and proclivity for wide-cloth headbands, I consider this yet another installment on the “You go girl!” list of things that Clinton pulls off with her unique brand of confidence and savvy. It’s an invigorating departure from the pancake makeup, helmet-head styles and orange spray tans we’ve come to expect from politicians trying to strike that perfect note of hopefully-not-offending-anyone. How awesome is it to see a flash of the “real” Hillary, completely at ease in her own skin, and looking a lot more like the rest of us. Her reaction is a reminder that women should be allowed to have other things on their list of priorities, besides makeup—and hair scrunchies and wide-cloth headbands. Makeup can be a fun, creative way to express and adorn yourself, but it shouldn't be a requirement for navigating your day as a woman. (Though studies have shown that going bare may affect how people perceive you professionally.) Sometimes it’s a red lipstick or winged eyeliner day, and sometimes it’s a bare-faced and bespectacled Hillary day. And it should be respectable to rock both.?   What are your thoughts on Hillary Makeupgate?


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