Asking a beauty junkie to go on camera without her makeup is akin to requesting a football player to go four downs without an athletic cup — it's painful. But for one day, I challenged our team to remove all their cosmetics to prove that real women can look just as beautiful with naked skin. Seven of our editors posed in front of the camera with nothing covering their imperfections. Then, they let me post it on the Internet (where nothing ever dies).
The no-makeup trend has been sweeping social media for quite some time. Celebrities and YouTube gurus have been sending barefaced selfies out into the universe with no apologies. Here at POPSUGAR, we find that message both powerful and inspiring. So, we're bringing out the product-removing wipes in solidarity! Disclaimer: we look nothing like Gisele Bündchen or Jennifer Lopez makeup free, but we are pretty damn brave.
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In addition to the makeup-free photos ahead, we've also outlined our favorite skin care essentials. This kind of barefaced beauty goes way beyond genetics. It requires a calculated regimen of antiaging ingredients, too! Then, we asked each editor to detail her everyday beauty look. Finally, there's a shot of each beauty guru gone glam — with product recommendations and application tips. Yes, we're revealing all of our insider secrets here, ladies.
During this process, we learned an important lesson: makeup is a luxury we'd rather not live without. But sometimes it's nice to set down the contouring palette and back away slowly. But you'll have to learn about that as you keep reading!