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Does a Low-Maintenance Look Make Sense?

Michelle Obama is a successful lawyer, a businesswoman—and, oh yeah, the wife of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. She surprised people when she wore barely any makeup on a 60 Minutes appearance earlier this year. In a recent interview, Michelle explained why she often goes with a minimal makeup look on the campaign trail:

"I love girly makeup and stuff, but my view is that's a lot of work," she said, explaining her decision to routinely skip the makeup chair. "I want people to get used to my face more naturally so that I don't have to do that every day. Who's got time to put eyelashes on and all that?"

No matter where your political beliefs lie, you've got to admit, it's easy to grasp that logic—especially if you're crunched for time. If people are accustomed to seeing you when you're all done up, they might think something is "wrong" when you go au naturel. (I'll never forget the coworker who asked me if I was sick, when in actuality I just wasn't wearing makeup!)

So, what do you think? If you're habitually pressed for time, do you go with a low-maintenance look? Or do you make time to primp and perfect no matter what?


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ard126 ard126 8 years
i LOVE that she's low maintenance, I'm the same way and i like that i can relate to her!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
I'm the exact same way! I rarely wear makeup, so then when I feel like dressing down one day, or I'm running late, I don't look like that much of a slob. I look moderately normal.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
she has the right idea.. =)
teegaall teegaall 8 years
Oh okay. I was wondering why she looked so different a few times. I mean not THAT different but enough to notice it. Personally, I only wear makeup to work and on dates. On my days off, I may use Medi Matte as cover up.
smashing smashing 10 years
I agree. Putting on a false front -no matter what type- isn't the right way to go if you want respect and trust from a nation.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i don't usually wear makeup, only when i am going somewhere special. people look at me weirdly no matter what so why bother?
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
Low-maintenance: cool. Hopefully we really won't have to see too much of her *whistles* couldn't help myself :P
vlizkimv vlizkimv 10 years
i agree with Mrs. Obama. I love to get primped and pretty when i get the time. but when it's 6.50 in the morning and i have to be at school by 7.20... i dont get much time to do my hair and makeup. So alot of days i'll just keep it simple wiht my burts bees a ponytail and some concealer....
vinnie vinnie 10 years
I wear make up almost everyday, but my makeup looks very natural. so i guess it's not that big of a shock when people see me without it. :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I'm almost always low-maintenance. It depends on my mood,lol.
Anaiva Anaiva 10 years
I agree with her. I'm also the same, I like to wear minimal make up unless it's a special occasion. Besides, less make up makes you look younger, takes less time, and also keeps your pores unclogged.
tysontysonxv tysontysonxv 10 years
I revel in the days when I can essentially get up and go. Good for her to be a public figure and do it. There are not enough real and genuine people in the limelight these days.
jmast jmast 10 years
I'm low maintenance...I used to wear makeup when I was in my early twenties but then I noticed if I didn't wear mascara or blush that I looked dead so I stopped. Now I wear Colorscience Mineral SPF in California Girl and Rosebud Salve on my lips. That way when I wear makeup for a wedding or a night out on the town, I won't look dead the next day :)
tidesong tidesong 10 years
I'm low maintenance normally but I like to do makeup for special occasions... sounds like a more common coping strategy for busy people than I thought!
Neuroticone Neuroticone 10 years
I use to wear full make up everyday and decided about a year ago that it wasn't worth my time. Low maintenance is the way to go.
sassy3lady sassy3lady 10 years
I love that she had the courage to go without makeup on camera. I'm sure there were a million advisers in the background telling her to sit in the make up chair. I am a low maintenance girl myself, meaning you can typically find me barefaced other than my SPF moisturizer. Only lately have I started to wear a little eye shadow, liner & blush to work. I think it adds a little some thing. Score 1 for the low-maintenance/no make up girls
slumberlite slumberlite 10 years
I dream of being low-maintenance, but without make-up etc. I am a Sea Hag...........Aaaaaarrrrgggh!
Choco-cat Choco-cat 10 years
Definitely on board with the low-maintenance. I almost never wear any make-up at all!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
I'm definitely low-maintenance for several reasons, 1) i'm lazy and my morning routine consists of moisturizer and lip balm 2) i like to dress up on special occasions, but I'm a bit of a novice with make-up, so it takes longer and 3) I really don't think it should really matter whether or not you wear make-up on a daily basis. She's right if she's going to be elected, it'll be for who she is, not how she looks.
meijan415 meijan415 10 years
makes absolute sense. she's a beautiful role model for the modern woman, makeup or no makeup. way to go!
Chiquita-82 Chiquita-82 10 years
I totally respect to her point of view, i understand her style and i know she likes to be natural, she looks good as well. BUT in my point of view i would never ever go out with a bare face if i would be in front of the cameras everyday. I can't go out without my makeup even i'm going to the office everyday! I like to do it. It's a style, it's a personal choice.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Michelle Obama is beautiful -- fully made up or not.
nikkih nikkih 10 years
I am absolutely a low-maintenance girl. When I do wear make-up, it's eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss (or Chapstick). Nice and easy!
krampalicious krampalicious 10 years
yesssssss... Barry and Chelle-chelle are the hottest political duo out there today (because while Fred Thompson does have a hot wife, he himself is not much of a looker), and I love that she has the guts to be herself and not cake on the makeup or hike up her skirt to score her hubby a few points. And she looks great anyway. As for myself, I don't go to work without makeup. If I'm running late, I have an emergency makeup stash in my desk so I can at least put on some powder and mascara. I feel more polished and professional with makeup, but on the weekends, it's a bare face free for all.
arrhythmia arrhythmia 10 years
makes perfect sense, but i like getting dressed up just because i like the entire makeup process >->
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