Facing The World (Without Makeup)

Phoebe Baker Hyde, author of "The Beauty Experiment" (Courtesy of Phoebe Baker Hyde)

Phoebe Baker Hyde, author of “The Beauty Experiment” (Courtesy of Phoebe Baker Hyde)

Phoebe Baker Hyde was a new mother living in Hong Kong when she realized that using makeup and otherwise enhancing her appearance daily was just another burden in her already overwhelming day. Baker Hyde decided to do an experiment — no makeup, new clothes, haircuts or jewelry for an entire year.

Baker Hyde, who now lives in Brookline, chronicles her experience and her search for inner beauty in her new book, called “The Beauty Experiment”:

I looked at my reflection and despaired. As an exhausted young mother I felt ugly and saw that a new dress or face cream would never help. I was at risk of passing on a habit of feeling miserable about my looks to my baby girl — if nothing changed.

She joins Radio Boston to share what she found out about herself and what really makes a person beautiful.


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