It’s been well over a year ago now since we held the No-Makeup Challenge, and got these inspiring results from readers who dared to go barefaced in public and snap a pic for us. The point of the challenge was never to get down on makeup—we’re both huge fans of the transformative power of lipsticks, eye liners, concealers and blushes—but to call into question our dependance on the stuff, and just to re-introduce everyone to their face without it. If only for a few hours.

But now the Globe and Mail is reporting that a poll conducted of 1,292 adult American women has found that most of us feel either unnactractive (16%), naked (14%), or selfconscious (14%) when we don’t wear makeup. Guh. Do you fall into one of these categories?

I, for one, used to go to sleep with my mascara and eye liner on—only to wake up and reapply. Setting aside the fact that that is a disgusting, bacteria-filled nightmare, for many years the only time I saw my face free of makeup was for those few moments after a shower and before I left for work. If I had a boy over, I’d usually apply a little something-something in secret before he could see me in my true form. God forbid.

A lot has changed since then. While I still live for makeup (really I love the stuff) I have gotten accustomed to what I look like without it. Just yesterday I noticed that by 11am, the bright lipstick I’d applied to go into public had all but disappeared and I didn’t think much of spending the rest of the day with nothing on. I wasn’t thrilled when I looked in the mirror or anything, but I felt OK, and I was busy, and I pretty much forgot about it.

What about you: Do you ever go barefaced? Is it maybe time for another challenge?

As it happens, we got a wonderful email just this morning from a teenager who came across our the No-Makeup Challenge and, for a class project, is going to hold a No-Makeup Day at her high school.  She promised to send us pics, and we couldn’t be more touched. We can only hope these younger girls will feel a little more freedom when it comes to their faces.

We’re gonna guess even supermodels feel weird barefaced. Image via


The Clean-Makeup Challenge—Join Us!

It’s that time again, folks! As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we’ve been preparing to announce a new challenge. The Nancy Drews out there have probably already figured out that this one is about makeup (ding ding ding!), and once again, there is a prize!

Consider this the opposite of the no-makeup challenge we launched in September. That one was a huge hit: We asked you to brave a naked face outside the house, and you all looked absolutely fetching while doing so. Now, we want you to do the opposite:

We want you to go wild with your clean makeup! What does that mean, exactly? It’s totally up to you. Maybe it means putting on eyeliner for the first time in your life, or wearing a bright pink lipstick, or doing a face as bananas as the Black Swan’s. All we ask is that you have FUN with the challenge, and take at least one risk. It’s your going-out face we’re looking for, not your doing-groceries face. You decide what’s bold for you, then take a picture, and send it in.

One of you will win a $100 gift certificate from the amazing natural beauty store Spirit Beauty Lounge. Spirit Demerson, its founder, is incredibly knowledgeable about nontoxic beauty, and she carries many of our favorite products (makeup included). Because there’s no way in hell we’re going to judge your pictures, we’ll be picking the winner out of a hat.

The rules: You gotta be wearing makeup. We encourage you to wear as much nontoxic clean makeup as you can. You don’t have to go shopping to do the challenge; work with what you have.

Instructions: Send your picture to nomoredirtylooks (at) gmail (dot) com, with GLAM FACE in the subject line. Please include your first name, city of origin and, if you feel like, tell us what products you used. We need all pictures by end of day, Sunday, March 6th. We will post the results on our site shortly thereafter, as well as on our Facebook page.

Pretty please: Help us spread the word! Tweet it, Facebook it, scream from the rooftops, and tell your friends to get on board with you, too.

The reason for the challenge: To show that clean cosmetics can be glamorous as conventionals, and to explore how much fun makeup can be beyond its functional qualities. We love makeup as a zit-hider, complexion perfecter, or undereye-circle eraser as much as the next girl, but this challenge is about having fun. 

Who’s in?


The No-Makeup Challenge: The Results Are In!

Get excited, people: We have some new pics for you to feast on. In case you missed it, last Monday, inspired by Rabbit Write’s no-makeup week, we threw down a gaunlet of our own: Just one day, leave the house and go do something (anything, really) without makeup on, then send us a pic! This was not meant as any kind of diss to makeup; we love the stuff. But when you apply it day-in, day-out, you might very well forget what you look like without it.  And according to some recent studies, a whole lot of women are afraid of going bare-faced.

What we learned? Well, see for yourself: We think these women look gorgeous. With all the heavy foundation, spray tans and photoshopping we’re accustomed to, there’s something almost exciting about seeing so many unadulterated faces. Wouldn’t you agree?

And now a round of applause please for the brave beauties featured above:

1. Jenn, Los Angeles; 2. Aster, Ultrecht, Netherlands; 3. Kristina, Greeley, Colorado; 4. Lauren, Toronto; 5.  Shannon, who also posted, from Bend, Oregon; 6. Kimmy, Plano, Texas; 7. Karen, Durham; 8. Brianna, Los Angeles; 9. Maria, Barranquilla, Colombia; 10. Tina, New York; 11. Katie, Toronto; 12. Anne and Octavia, Toronto; 13. Mia Davis from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Boston; 14. Katherine, who also posted; 15. Meaghan-Rose; 16. Nicola, Toronto; 17. Samantha, who also posted; 18. Laura; 19. Cat; 20. Carolina, Los Angeles; 21. Michelle, Montreal; 22. Sara, New York; 23. Marisa, New York; 24. Leeyanne, Charlottesville, Virginia; 25. Simone from, Los Angeles; 26. Kaity, New York; 27. Kim and Sukie, London; 28. Sarah, New York; 29. Emma, of, New York; 30. Katy, Philadelphia; 31. Olivia, Rhode Island; 32. Kelly, Austin; 33. Erika, New York; 34. Jessa, from, New York; 35. Maeve, Montreal; 36. Tosha, from Essentially Basic, Midway, Utah; 37. Ione, Sechelt, British Columbia; 38. Christine, Los Angeles; 39. Trudi; 40. Kate, New York; 41. Cyrena Lee, New York; 42. Katherine, New York; 43. Virginia from, New York; 44. Shine, from