cosmeticsOther than the gym, there are few, if any, places I go without makeup. Even then I've been known to at least throw on a little mascara before Zumba. I love my products and just feel better facing the world with their help, but I don't love them like I do, say, my husband

Some women feel differently, and actually admit they love makeup more than men. A recent British study found that 57 percent of women would choose to leave their partner rather than face the world without makeup.

I'm not sure which is more shocking -- how important makeup is to us, or how little men mean? Are we really that product dependent that we'd give up companionship for concealer and sex for a smokey eye? Apparently so.

It's certainly a sad statement on our obsession with beauty, but it's also somewhat encouraging in one respect about why we choose to wear makeup -- it's not for the men. Because if women who have already snagged a man are willing to give him up for the makeup, then they must be making themselves up for themselves rather than because they're trying to please a man. I suppose that's a somewhat positive thing ... I think. 

The survey also captured some interesting data about just how much money women spend on makeup. In her lifetime, the average woman spends $164,000; the average woman's makeup drawer contains about $833 worth of products at any given time. The average spent on makeup per week is $65. That's a lot of lip liners.

Just imagine what we could do with all the money and time we spend on makeup if we could figure out how to embrace our faces as they are. The thought is intriguing and ... terrifying. Honestly, I'd rather keep shelling out the cash, but if someone comes and asks if it's my makeup or my husband, I'll definitely choose him ... right after I get some permanent eyeliner tattooed on.

Are you shocked that the majority of women would rather give up their partner than their makeup? Which would you choose?


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