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Students at Texas High School Plan ‘No Makeup’ Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Teens at Plano Senior High School in Texas are trying to redefine beauty, rallying students to wear no makeup Friday -- an initiative they’re calling “Operation Beautiful.”

“I just really began to see how I don’t need makeup to be beautiful,” said Madeline Milby, 17, vice president of the student congress and a senior at PSHS, which is in the Dallas suburbs. “There’s so much more to me. It’s your personality, your passion and what’s inside your heart.”

Plano Senior High is a school with 2,500 11th and 12th graders. Milby said she would spend up to an hour and fifteen minutes getting ready for school, putting on makeup and styling her hair. It turned out that a majority of the girls at her school were doing the same. That jump-started the idea of “no makeup day” at PSHS.

“A while back we heard of a school doing this before, and we thought it’d be a really cool idea to bring it to our school,” Milby told ABC News. “The goal for this project is to promote inner beauty and to let girls know it’s not about what’s on the outside but about what’s on the inside, and that’s what makes you beautiful.”

Last semester, Milby, along with senior class president Binna Kim and student congress president Monica Plenger, came up with the idea to get all girls at the school to have one day without makeup.

“I think there’s pressure for girls to look a certain way, to meet a standard. The standard is being pushed through media and magazines and everything,” said Milby. “I’m really hoping it’ll make the girls at school feel more comfortable and see that they’re beautiful without makeup and they don’t need to use makeup to cover up themselves.”

To get the word out and gain support for “no makeup day,” the three best friends and other classmates created a YouTube video explaining the mindset behind “Operation Beautiful.” Teachers showed the video in their classrooms at school.

“We just really want to focus on, not that makeup [is] a bad thing, we’re not trying to say that, you know, don’t wear makeup ever again,” says Kim in the video. “What we really want to do on this day is to prioritize bettering yourself on the inside rather than bettering yourself on the outside.”

In the video, girls who attend PSHS confess they spend up to an hour and a half getting ready for school while boys say they spend only five minutes.

“We challenge you this Friday, March 8, to not wear makeup and support Operation Beautiful,” say subtitles at the end of the video.

While there has mostly been a positive response from girls and boys at PSHS, they’ve heard some negative feedback. Still, Milby said she hopes that all students learn from Operation Beauty apart from their position.

“Guys are in shock. They really are starting to realize how much pressure there is on girls,” said Milby. “We’re all seniors, but we’re hoping about making it a recurring event at school.”

As one male student put it in the Youtube video by quoting teen sensation One Direction, “You don’t need makeup to cover up, because being the way that you are is enough.”

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Woman Goes Without Makeup for One Year

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The average American woman spends thousands of dollars each year on beauty and salon treatments.  That’s about 160 hours of grooming and primping.

Phoebe Baker Hyde decided to explore what would happen if she gave up makeup for an entire year.

“I did what a man would do.  Put on deodorant.  Put on a little gel and head out the door.  Maybe I can approximate that.  The makeup would go, the jewelry would go,” Baker Hyde, the author of the new book, The Beauty Experiment, told Katie Couric on her ABC talk show Katie.

The result?  Baker Hyde said she felt more beautiful than ever without all the makeup.

While she found the experiment a success, experts say society may be less open to the idea.

“Studies indicate that we do tend to see attractive people, conventionally attractive people, we see them as happier, we see them as warmer, in fact, a few studies have shown that they even get lower prison sentences or don’t get convicted at all,” said Caroline Heldman, a professor at Occidental College who specializes in gender studies.

Couric’s show decided to do its own social experiment to see what would happen.  Katie sent out a camera crew with Maureen, who was all dolled up and in need of help on the streets of New York.

People stopped to help her, and they even offered to take her where she needed to go.

But when Maureen dressed down, put on glasses and left off her makeup, the results were quite different.  Hardly anyone stopped to help her, and those who did had reservations.

“I was definitely surprised because I don’t normally wear makeup when I go out, and I don’t really look at the reactions that people are giving me.  And when I did this experiment I really saw how differently I was treated because of how I looked,” she said, speaking on Katie.

Hyde also stopped shaving her legs during her makeup-less year.

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Is Snail Slime the Latest Beauty Breakthrough?

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- An old adage used to say little boys were made of "slugs and snails and puppy dog tails."  But at least two of those ingredients are apparently finding their way into the opposite sex's makeup bags.

The Daily Mail reports snail slime -- that mucusy trail left behind by snails and slugs -- has been used for years as a skin cream in Asia, but the slimy stuff is starting to get traction in over-the-counter cosmetics in the U.S.  The paper reports a Korean company called It's Skin makes a product called Prestige Cream D’escargot, which contains 21 percent snail slime.

Some insist the components in the slime do for humans what they do for the snails' feet -- helping to repair damage, hold in moisture, protect the organisms from UV rays, and stop blemishes.  The claims have not been widely scientifically proven, however, but that's not stopping stores like Sephora and other retailers from stocking the slimy stuff.

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Is the Makeup Counter Making You Sick?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many women are drawn to the makeup counter by the allure, glamour and intrigue of achieving a new look.  But what else could you be putting on your face when you sample products from a store’s makeup counter?

If you’re not careful, it could be everything from yeast to mold to dangerous bacteria strains that have accumulated on the samples over time.  Those strains could lead to rashes, infections, break-outs and more on your skin.

An undercover test conducted by ABC's Good Morning America found that one out of every five, or 20 percent, of samples tested from 10 stores across two states showed significant growth of mold, yeast or fecal matter.

“You don’t have to panic,” Dr. Philip Tierno, director of microbiology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, told GMA.  ”You just have to realize that if you have an open cut, you might not want to go that route of using makeup that has been used by other people before you.”

Linda Wells, editor-in-chief of Allure magazine and an expert in the field of make-up and beauty, agrees.

“To me, makeup testers are like petri dishes,” she told GMA.  “I would not want to go near one or put anything in that tester on my face.”

Wells says there are ways to avoid exposing yourself to germs while still testing out new beauty looks.  Here are her top safety tips to try the next time you’re in the market for new makeup:

1. Research the makeup you want online before you go to the store, so your choices are narrowed and you don’t have to try as many.

2. Be wary of even disposable wands because you never know how many people double-dip the samples.

3. Stay away from open jars of lip gloss, moisturizer and foundations, because people may have dipped their fingers into them -- and hands are hotbeds of germs.

4. When testing eyeshadow and eyeliner, use a disposable applicator and test it on your hand, not your eyes.

5. To test a new foundation, apply it to your neck, away from your face and lips.

6. Ask the salesperson to sterilize lipstick tubes with alcohol before you try them.  GMA's tests showed that kills the bacteria.

7. To try a new lipstick shade, apply it to the pad of your finger, not anywhere near your mouth.

8.  Test concealer on your inner wrist, not your face, where the lighter coloring will usually match your under-eye area.

9. Never test mascara from a used tester bottle.  Ask the clerk to open a fresh tester and give you a disposable wand.  Dip each wand only once, to avoid contaminating the sample for the next customer.  If a new tester isn’t an option, don’t test at all.  Instead, ask the salesperson to describe the mascara to you.

10. Many stores now have a “buy and try” policy, where you can purchase cosmetics, take them home to try on, and then get a full refund if you’re not happy.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


FDA Regulation of Cosmetics Nears Despite Industry Objections

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The average woman applies 12 beauty products to her body daily. For men, it’s six daily.

Yet few consumers know the chemicals that go into those everyday cosmetics.

“Shame on me,” said Bette-Lee Hanson, who was getting her hair done at a salon. “I’m not terribly cognizant of what’s in the products but probably I should be. But I’m not.”

As the list of chemicals in everyday beauty products has grown, U.S. oversight has been nonexistent, according to Janet Nudelman, spokeswoman for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition that advocates for safer cosmetics and hygiene products.

“The headlines over the years have really told the story of the problem of unsafe cosmetics,” Nudelman said. “The problem is that there is no one minding the store. There is no federal regulation or law that says companies have to make safe products.”

Nudelman said, however, that Americans had woken up to the problem. This summer Congress is expected to pass a bill allowing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate cosmetics.

The measure would require the labeling of all ingredients and the prohibiting of chemicals linked to cancer or reproductive problems.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who introduced the bill, said the measure would provide some protection to consumers.

“It would give the Food and Drug Administration -- for the first time -- the ability to recall products that have these dangerous products in them,” she told ABC News. “The $60 billion cosmetics industry is one of the least regulated that we have in the country. We don’t even know how many companies there are right now that are producing their products. We certainly don’t know what’s in them.”

Cosmetic agencies have spent $3.5 million lobbying against the measure, saying that it would curtail innovation and compromise trade secrets.

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, such chemicals as dioxane and formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, can be found in some shampoo. Lead can be found in lip products. Parabens, which have possible links to cancer, can be found in deodorant.

Some skin-lightening creams contain mercury, which has been linked to cancer. There’s also toluene, a headache-causing chemical, in nail polish; and some perfumes contain diethyl phthalate, which has been tied to allergies, hormone distress and dermatitis.

In February, a new study conducted by the FDA reportedly found that 400 lipsticks on the market tested positive for lead, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

The European Union has banned 1,200 of these types of chemicals but the U.S. has only banned 10.

“We’re exposed to toxic chemicals through a wide array of consumer products from the moment when [we] wake up in the morning to the moment when we go to bed at night,” Nudelman said. “The unsafe experience we’re being exposed to in cosmetics is really on the tip of the iceberg.”

She advised consumers to look for labels that had shorter lists of ingredients, and ingredients they could pronounce and recognize.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Four-Year-Old in Makeup: How Young Is Too Young?

Huntstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A mommy blogger who wrote about her child's new fascination with adult cosmetics has ignited an online debate over how young is too young for girls to become interested in beauty.

Lindsay Cross wrote on the website about how her 4-year-old daughter Brenna's interest in cosmetics came about after the young girl watched her apply makeup before attending events. When she shared how applying cosmetics soon became a special bonding routine between mother and daughter, she didn't anticipate the intense reaction from the online community and beyond.

"When I wrote the piece I didn't think it was that monumental of a deal," Cross told ABC News. "I didn't think that it was something that was just too out of the norm...I did notice some articles that said 'Suri Cruise wears very bright lipstick,' and there were so many people who were critiquing their parenting choices, because this 5-year-old is wearing makeup. I was like -- 'of course she does, she's 5 and her mom wears lipstick.'

"I think that [in] parenting, we all want everybody to be like us, because I think then that means that we did it right," she added.

Reaction to Cross's article ranged from Internet commenters who say that she is allowing her daughter to fall prey to society's notions of beauty at far too young an age, to a psychiatrist who maintains that this can lead to an unhealthy desire for flawlessness.

"As someone whose mom couldn't leave the house without being done-up, and subsequently infused this into her daughters' psyches, I say watch out," one commenter wrote. "Please don't help your daughters fall into the 'pretty' trap so young."

Adolescent psychiatrist Henry Paul agrees, saying that 4 years old is too young for a girl to be wearing makeup.

"The use of makeup in some way can be addictive, and what these children would be addicted to is the pursuit of perfection -- the superficial, skin-deep, I'm only as good as I look [attitude]," Paul said.

Cross, however, maintains that her daughter's makeup is just child's play.

"I think that with makeup, for her, it's a way for her to be like her mom. I don't think that she puts two and two together, where you have to wear makeup so that you can present yourself to the world," Cross explained.

Cross says that when she brings her daughter out, most people don't notice that Brenna is wearing makeup, as she does not wear red lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, or foundation.

When asked, Brenna said that she likes to wear makeup "because it makes me pretty."

Cross says that she does understand that it is contradictory to tell her girl that one doesn't have to wear makeup to be beautiful, but that she's allowed to because she feels the prettiest when she puts it on. She says that she intends to have a more serious conversation on the matter when Brenna is older.

For now, Cross say she just wants her daughter to enjoy being a child.

"Now it's dress-up and playing pretend," she said. "It's playing that she's older. And I think that as she gets to be a bit older, she'll look at it differently, and well talk about it differently."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Many Women Feel Unattractive Without Makeup, Survey Finds

Buena Vista Images/Getty(PHILADELPHIA) -- Nearly half of all women -- 44 percent -- view themselves negatively when they are not wearing makeup, according to the results of a new survey.

Harris Interactive conducted the poll of 1,292 women 18 and older on behalf of the Renfrew Center Foundation and found that 16 percent of them reported feeling unattractive without makeup.

Going "bare face" also made 14 percent of the respondents feel self-conscious, and the same amount feel naked or as though something was missing.

Among the survey's other findings:

-- 44 percent of women said they wear makeup to cover up flaws in their skin.
-- 48 percent noted wearing makeup because they liked how they look with it.
-- 32 percent said wearing makeup makes them feel good.
-- 11 percent wear makeup because it's the norm.
-- 3 percent said they feel more attractive going bare face.

"Wearing makeup to enhance one's appearance is normal in our society and often a right of passage for young women," said Adrienne Ressler, national training director for the Renfrew Center Foundation and a body image expert.

The survey found that most respondents -- 51 percent -- started applying makeup when they were between 14 and 16 years old, while 27 percent began between 11 and 13.

"There is concern, however, when makeup no longer becomes a tool for enhancement but, rather, a security blanket that conceals negative feelings about one's self-image and self-esteem.  For many individuals, these feelings may set the stage for addictions or patterns of disordered eating to develop," Ressler added.

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Lipsticks, Perfumes May Be Hazardous to Health

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Beware of lipstick-stained lips before puckering up this Valentine’s Day. They could be covered in lead.

A new study conducted by the FDA found that 400 lipsticks on the market tested positive for lead, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition that advocates for safer cosmetics and hygiene products.

Maybelline Color Sensation by L’Oreal USA was the worst-offending lipstick of the group tested, the Campaign said. It contained more than 275 times the amount of lead that was found in the least-contaminated product.

Children’s products in the U.S. cannot contain more than 100 parts per million of lead. The highest offending lipstick contained 7.19 parts per million, the group said.

“There is no safe level of lead exposure,” Stacy Malkan, co-founder of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, told ABC News. “It builds up in the body over time. A little bit every day is adding up and staying with you.”

Malkan said women use an average of 12 cosmetic and hygiene products per day.

Lead is a poisonous metal and it was banned from paint products in the U.S. in 1978. The element is particularly dangerous to young children because it can cause blood and brain disorders in developing bodies.

There are no FDA standards in regulating the amount of chemicals in products, said Malkan.

“When these companies are asked about these chemicals, they argue, ‘it’s legal, so it’s OK,’” said Malkan. “That’s why we’re calling for the FDA to set a standard and give guidance to these companies for the best manufacturing practices.”

Lipstick is only the latest cosmetic to raise red flags. Kim Anderson, executive director of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, a cosmetic line of chemical-free products, said customers should shy away from any product that lists “fragrance” as an ingredient.

“If they’re using the word fragrance, that company could be hiding up to 600 chemicals under that word,” said Anderson, who advocates for safer cosmetic regulations. “Seventy-five percent of the time, fragrances contain phthalates, a known-carcinogen that causes reproductive issues in the body.”

Even perfumes are coming under fire. A proposed bill in New Hampshire would prohibit state employees from spritzing on perfume or cologne before heading to work. The reason? For some people, these fragrances can cause severe allergic reactions.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is launching the Kiss Lead Goodbye contest Tuesday, when women are encouraged to submit video submissions to hear what they have to say to cosmetic giants that put lead in their products.

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Drastic Makeup Transformation Lets Acne-Scarred Teen Become Model

Courtesy of Cassandra Bankson(NEW YORK) -- Every day, Cassandra Bankson wakes up, washes her face and does a makeup routine that dramatically transforms her looks.

The California teen has severe acne.  It’s so bad that it covers most of her face, as well as parts of her neck, chest and back.

But Bankson is now able to model, and her shots are picture-perfect.  How?

Bankson performs a daily makeup makeover, expertly hiding the extensive blemishes that cover her face and neck with a technique that she says she learned after hours of research and practice.  She demonstrates her method in a before-and-after YouTube video that’s had more than two million views.

“It’s been overwhelming,” she said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America about the response online to her video.  “It really is an eye-opener.  I never knew that for men, for women, even for adults, it’s such an epidemic.  Yes, it’s cosmetic, but it goes deeper than that.  I think that’s something that’s a little bit of a misconception.”

At the beginning of the video, Bankson is made up.  Her skin is clear and her cosmetics look natural and fresh.  Then she explains that she’ll remove the makeup to show her face and demonstrate her technique.

When she appears again, her face is covered in red acne spots.

“I am the most self-conscious person about my acne...taking my makeup off is one of the most insecure things that I could probably do, for me,” she says, her voice shaking.

In the moments that follow, Bankson goes through a comprehensive routine that includes the application of foundation, concealer, powders and spray.  When she’s done, her face is transformed.  Her skin appears flawless.

Because of her transformational routine, she’s able to book modeling jobs, and is reaching out to other teens to help them with their own skin troubles.

Bankson, who got her first pimple in the third grade, has a powerful message for other teens who are suffering with acne: “I know exactly where you are, I’ve been in your shoes and there is hope,” she said on GMA.  “Someone else has been there and there is a way for you to feel confident…you just need to kind of search around for what it is that makes you lighten up.”

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Study: Makeup Makes Women Appear More Competent

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Makeup makes women appear more attractive and competent, according to a new study by a team comprised of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston University and Proctor & Gamble.

The research reveals that when viewers saw a female face for 250 milliseconds, women who wore color cosmetics rated more highly in the categories of attractiveness, competence, likability and trustworthiness. However, when participants were allowed to look at the faces for a longer period of time, while the ratings for competence and attractiveness stayed the same, the ratings for likability and trustworthiness changed based on specific makeup looks.

A Proctor & Gamble chemist and co-author on the study, Dr. Sarah Vickery, said the research could have an impact on the cosmetic industry.

"We're really seeing for the first time how that impacts how others perceive us so that could lead to new color palates, new finishes or it could impact how we organize our color collections for women," she said.

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