Three women who love makeup (including Real Simple’s own beauty director!) submit to a makeunder to prove there’s more than one way to face the day.

By Real Simple
Updated July 26, 2017

1. Name: Heather Muir Maffei
Age: 32
Occupation: Beauty director, Real Simple magazine

“I’ve loved makeup since I was little, watching my mom put on lipstick in the car on the way to church. Now I make a living testing it. I feel sexiest in a full face, so when I saw my ‘after’ look, I felt vulnerable. But after others said they liked this sweeter version, I embraced it more.”

Get the Look
“Heather is all about glam, so we kept her feeling like herself with a little contouring, highlighter, and her lash extensions,” says makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, who did the makeunders.

  • Skin: RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $38;
  • Eyes: Envious Lashes “Alluring Eyes” Eyelash Extensions, from $210;
  • Lips: By Terry Baume de Rose, $60;

2. Name: Jasmin Corniel
Age: 26
Occupation: Pre-K teacher and MAC Cosmetics makeup artist

“I was an athlete and never got into makeup until after college—social media introduced me. I feel more cutesy in my ‘after’ look, but I like the glossy lids—they’re chic—and I still get my faux freckles. Since it’s so simple, I’d do this look for work.”

Get the Look
“I swapped her brown lipstick and blush for rosier tones,” says Hughes.

  • Skin: Faux Freckles With Bare Escentuals Brow Master Brow Gel ($28; and Q-tips Precision Tips Cotton Swabs ($3;
  • Eyes: MAC Lipglass Clear, $16;
  • Lips: Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Nice, $36;

3. Name: Mally Roncal
Age: 45
Occupation: Celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty

“I feel a little more like superwoman when I’m wearing makeup. When my kids see me with foundation on, they are like, ‘Uh-oh, Mommy is leaving.’ Seeing my makeunder made me feel relaxed and surprisingly sexier. It’s just another part of who I am. I feel younger, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop wearing makeup.”

Get the Look
“I did each feature a quarter of the way Mally typically does and switched her powder eye shadow and blush to more lifelike cream formulas,” explains Hughes.

  • Skin: Weleda Skin Food, $19;
  • Eyes: Make Up for Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara in Black, $25;
  • Lips: Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Nearly Naked, $14;