I didn’t know how vain I was until I was asked to be in the audience of the CBS daytime show, “The Talk” for its season 3 premiere. The theme was “Makeup-free for Season 3.” What a catchy phrase and wonderful idea! It sounded great until they asked everyone, even the audience members, to go without makeup for the day.
Suddenly, I pictured myself on television with no makeup; for some reason I saw Jay Leno in an orange dress. I could not let that happen. It’s not like I even wear that much makeup, but I do wear concealer to cover up dark circles, and mascara to give the illusion that I have eyelashes. Too much makeup makes women my age look like a drag queens anyway, but I wanted to at least look presentable.
So the night before, I did a moisture mask (as much for skin hydration as to scare my children) and put on heavy duty eye cream. That night and the night before I tried to get 8 hours of sleep (I got 7, but that’s a lot!). The results were pretty good. The dark circles weren’t as prominent and I felt so rested. I put on the brightest dress I could find and headed out to the studio.
You know what? It was fine, amazing in fact. Do you know what I look like without makeup on? Pretty much what I look like with makeup on. And even if I didn’t look as good, who cares? I feel completely ridiculous for worrying about it because no one was looking at me when they could see the show’s cast, Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Sara Gilbert, without makeup.
And of course the amazing Jamie Lee Curtis. She made headlines in 2002 when she posed completely natural – no makeup, no Spanx – in More Magazine. She said her daughter’s women’s studies class in college studied the impact of that photo shoot. She told the ladies of “The Talk” “What you did here today was breathtaking.”
“It is truth in advertising and advertising is all lies and so the idea that you are actually doing something like this is so revolutionary and beautiful and I’m telling you the impact that this is going to have, you have no idea,” she said. When Julie Chen said joking that she wanted to buy into those lies Curtis asked the philosophical question, “Are you trying to hide something or are you trying to accent something?”
Hmmm, I think I wear makeup as part of my ongoing quest for perfection (and it’s much easier to fit into my schedule than 8 hours of sleep).
Here’s what the cast of “The Talk” said about why they wear makeup and how they got ready for their makeup free day.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor and co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles.