beautiful young woman sleeps on the sofa at home

A recent poll in the UK has revealed that around a quarter of women sleep with their makeup on, to impress their partner. Despite the fact that this is terribly bad for their skin, they’ve admitted to going to bed with foundation, mascara and even fake eyelashes to maintain an illusion of 24-7 beauty.

Whatever happened to “love is blind”?!!

I find it amazing that women have become so insecure that their vanity trumps both the health of their skin and their quality of sleep! Not to mention the fact that 95% of these women also hide their makeup habits from their partner. True, there is many a time where I’d be mortified to be caught in my comfy-pyjama, makeup-free mode. But by the time you’re in a committed relationship, you’d think that your husband loves you for you and can deal with some bags under your eyes.

Yes, these findings surprise me, but at the same time they don’t. With the media, advertising and entertainment always inundating us with images of flawless and photo-shopped women, we feel like we should live up to this impossible standard. What’s it going to take for us to stop and realise that that isn’t real – and in the end, our looks will go anyway and we’ll be left with our interior person? We should be focusing on growing in character rather than growing in makeup layers.

And as one of the study conductors said too, chances are that men would hardly notice the difference, especially early in the morning!

What do you think? Is it a valid habit to keep some makeup on or is it just ridiculous?

Tamara El-Rahi is an associate editor of MercatorNet. A Journalism graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, she lives in Australia with her husband and two daughters.