Beth Wischnia, Beauty Editor
How did a makeup-free week make you feel?
“Initially, I felt terrified. As each day went on, I became more comfortable with being totally bare-faced. Honestly, by the end of day two, it felt pretty normal to not have a single thing on my face. As a bonafide beauty babe, I was surprised that it felt like NBD in the end.”
How would you describe your beauty routine?
“My daily routine is fast and simple, with my main focus being on my skin. I like to use a few high-impact products to allow me to complete my routine in 10 minutes, max. The better my skin looks, the less makeup I'll wear. I usually wear a lightweight, sheer BB cream, under-eye concealer, blush, bronzer, brow gel, and curled lashes with mascara.”
What were your main apprehensions about this challenge?
“I was worried about my coworkers seeing my skin. I also felt weird knowing I would be showing up to important work meetings without a stitch of makeup on; I was sure it was going to make me feel unprofessional and give a bad impression to my coworkers, but I ended up forgetting I didn't have anything on my face."
Were you surprised by anything this week?
“I was surprised at how quickly it started feeling normal for me. I wasn't even stressed out about it at all by mid-week. I will say the only thing I did was curl my lashes every morning, and it made me feel more polished and put-together.”
Did this challenge have any lasting effects on your routine or makeup mindset?
“I'd love to go makeup-free a couple days a month when my skin needs it. My complexion needs a break sometimes. I got compliments on my skin — instead of my makeup — which was really refreshing and reinforced how much more important skincare is to me than makeup."
Which product is the most valuable to you after completing your makeup-free week?
"Mascara. My lashes are long but totally straight, so even just a swipe of Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara
($24) makes a huge
difference in opening my eyes up. I instantly look more awake and pulled together, so it was especially hard to skip this product for a whole week!"