How Do You Feel About Makeup?

A new study focusing on men’s feelings towards makeup just made some amazing new discoveries that’ll blow your mind. Like, men don’t like layers of caked-on foundation! Or gloopy mascara left on overnight! Or lipstick on teeth! Or clown blush! And according to the study, one in 10 men wish their partners wouldn’t wear any makeup at all, which, you know, makes total sense if these men are equating all makeup with the sins mentioned above. My guess is a lot of men don’t even know makeup when they see it and don’t realize that the “natural look” they say they like so much is often enhanced with a swipe of mascara, a touch of gloss, a brush of blush on the apples of the cheeks. In their minds “makeup” is something noticeable, often in a distasteful way. But we women know better, don’t we? Which is why I’m much more interested in the way women feel about makeup.For example, the study, which polled 2,000 adults, discovered that four out of ten women nearly always put makeup on before leaving the house. And almost “two thirds owned-up to wearing a full-face of make-up to work most days.” I can’t read something like that and wonder how people are defining “full-face of make-up.” After all, it’s not really about how much of our faces are covered, but about how heavily … and brightly they’re covered. Still, I’ll fess up: While I’ve certainly left the apartment without a stitch of makeup on — to go for a jog or pick up a cup of coffee in the morning — I wouldn’t dream of going to work without something on my face, particularly in the winter when my complexion is begging for a hint of color. Sure, vanity is part of it, but it’s more about feeling polished and put-together and getting in the mind-set of being professional. After all, mentally, I equate being barefaced with hanging out on my couch with my husband watching movies on a Sunday evening, or lying around on the beach on a sunny Saturday afternoon, which brings me to the next statistic: According to the study, 39 percent of women claimed they dreaded having their boyfriends or husbands see them without any makeup. Doesn’t that seem like an extraordinarily high number?? But I guess it makes sense when related to the next discovery: “23 per cent of women who cake on the make-up are using it to mask their lack of confidence, while 30 per cent think they are hiding behind it.”

So, ladies, let’s hear it. How do you feel about makeup? Do you wear it everyday? Have you ever gone to work without wearing any? Do you let your luvahs see you without any makeup? Do you have to date someone a certain length of time before you “take you mask off” in front of him? And most importantly, if you’re going to be away from home all day, what makeup do you make sure you have in your purse? [via Telegraph]