How A Beauty Editor Goes Makeup Free For A Month

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While it may seem like a tough challenge, Sarah Hani Jamil proves that wearing no makeup for four weeks is possible.

When I was asked to do this, I was immediately resistant. I mean, anyone else would be too, right? My skin’s condition wasn’t exactly at its finest (blame in on work stress and sleepless nights breastfeeding my son) and as much as it pains me to say it, I rely a lot on makeup to make me look presentable.

And with events to attend every week, I was worried about not looking my best. It may seem like #firstworldproblems to you, but the people attending these events – journalists, beauty influencers, personalities, celebrities – are always on top of their game. But anything for a story I suppose. Here’s how I made it work.

Week 1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

Before I started my challenge, I consulted a close friend and locally-renowned makeup artist Emmy Agung, who laughed at my predicament.  “Babe, I can’t believe you’re doing this. But first things first: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!” he said.

I admit that my water intake needs work so I committed to drinking more water every day. Not only that, I upped my hydrating skincare routine. Apart from the usual serum and moisturiser combo, I used a sheet mask on my downtime right after work and a sleeping mask while I slept at night.


Luckily for me, I only had to go from home to office and back home this week so that wasn’t too bad.

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