Women look a bit different than when the pandemic began.
Loungewear for skirts, slippers for heels, bare faces for painted ones. Some of us are hairier, too.
Andrea DeWerd, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., works in book publishing and says “I’m never wearing makeup or blow drying my hair for work again.” Julia Liss, 27, a technology sales executive in New York City, vows she’s “done wearing heels.” Marie Garmon, 41, in balmy Jacksonville, Florida, said, “I went from shaving my legs every few days … to not shaving at all since April.”
USA TODAY heard from dozens of women who shared that despite the pandemic’s lockdowns, social restrictions, and mask mandates, the relaxed beauty standards that have accompanied their retreat from public life have been “liberating.”
“If there’s one thing good that came from this COVID mess, it’s that I was able to find myself,” Garmon said. “To hell with