See the women of ‘The Talk’ go makeup-free

Julie Chen with and without makeup (Buzzfeed via ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com)

To start season three off with a bang, the women of "The Talk" appeared makeup-free for a full episode on Monday.

Channeling most people's Saturday morning style, hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osborne, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood, and Julie Chen made their entrance wearing white cotton robes and towels -- and hiding their faces -- before debuting their au naturale looks to the audience. Evidently, the idea was Gilbert's, who explained that such vulnerability (read: being on television without the aid of beauty products) shows just how close the hosts are as friends.

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"There's not many single one person that would go on TV in front of millions of people with no makeup, so to be in a group of people that are willing to do that together is cool," she told Entertainment Tonight. "It shows that we're willing to show parts of our lives that not everybody is willing to show. We really are girlfriends and because we feel safe with each other, we're willing to show more of ourselves in public."

Underwood added that the experience was "refreshing," but today's episode would see a return to the beauty regimen.

But the hosts weren't the only ones to "come clean." Guests Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Stafford, Melanie Thomas Scott, and Katherine Kelly Lang also went makeup-free for the big event, further proving that while makeup may camouflage and cover up, it's clearly not the be-all and end-all of anyone's worth. Believe it or not, good and watchable conversation can still exist without on onslaught of foundation -- and even after the initial reveal, you could see the hosts become more confident as the episode continued.

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Sharon Osbourne with and without makeup (Buzzfeed via ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com)

And while "The Talk" hosts went back to donning makeup today, Gilbert and friends arguably deserve a round of applause for embracing something most women wouldn't do. Going makeup-free on a regular day can feel relatively off-putting, but to let millions of viewers in on how one looks without under-eye concealer is particularly brave -- especially in an industry where imperfections aren't usually celebrated. As Curtis said during the episode, "The impact this will have, you have no idea."

Here's hoping she's right.