Our Week Without Makeup
Recently, we wrote about Annie Garau, the 20-year-old Indiana University student spending one year makeup-free. Both moved by and curious about her story, the Yahoo Beauty team decided to jump on Garau’s bandwagon. It wasn’t quite a year, but we did spend a whole week without makeup—minus one very legit cheat! Read on for our reflections on the experiment.
Bobbi Brown, Editor in Chief
I don’t really understand the big deal about girls announcing that they are going to go makeup-free. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Especially when I read the story on Annie Garau, a college student who has been makeup-free for 200 days and counting. She’s fresh-faced, tan, and only 20. It’s pretty easy to be makeup-free when you’re that age.
When my Yahoo Beauty team suggested we follow in Annie’s footsteps for a week, I was on board. I’m not afraid to go without makeup. Despite being in the business, I often go without, especially on vacation. I went to meetings, dinners, and appointments without makeup and it was absolutely fine. I have to confess I didn’t go makeup-free the whole time. I had a shoot with Harper’s Bazaar and let a makeup artist go to work for the pictures. Having it on again was a reminder of all the reasons why I love makeup. While I don’t need it to feel good about myself, it is a big confidence booster. I love adding a little glow with bronzer, bringing some color to my face with lipstick, and making my eyes pop just a little more with liner and mascara. Not surprisingly, I love makeup.