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Why Simone De La Rue wants you to go makeup-free


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Photo: Simone De La Rue

One of the best parts about summer is that often beauty routines become perfectly low-maintenance—a swipe of mascara, maybe some lip gloss, and you’re out the door.

But Simone De La Rue, founder of uber-popular dance cardio workout Body By Simone—her celeb fans include Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, and Julianne Hough—challenges you to take it one step further with makeup-free days.

That’s right, skipping the concealer, blush, or anything else that you’d normally deem essential (without skipping the sunscreen, of course).

By wearing zero makeup you can’t hide behind a mask; you get to see the real, beautiful you.

“A big part of my philosophy towards fitness is to love the skin you’re in,” De La Rue explains. “I really try and promote self love and encourage my clients to look in the mirror and point out one thing they love about themselves–often it’s their eyes, cheekbones, or smile.”

“By wearing zero makeup you can’t hide behind a mask; you get to see the real, beautiful you,” she says. It’s a sentiment shared by Alicia Keys—and, we predict, more celebs will follow suit.

And with so many good-for-your-skin foods in season during summer, going makeup-free should be the easiest decision you make all day—and give you so much extra time for all those warm-weather activities you’ve been meaning to try.

De La Rue is a huge fan of beach picnics, where, hey, you can pack those beauty foods. Double-score.

Will you try the bare-faced challenge? Show us your glowing, radiant, makeup-free photos all summer on Instagram using #iamwellandgood.

Ready to have your best summer ever? Check out our complete Healthy Summer Hot List, featuring even more fun tips for getting the most out of the season from the coolest influencers in the wellness world.