The Insane Thing Women Would Rather Do Than Go Without Makeup


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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xavie... xavierlogan09

wow. I don't wear make up at all. I don't own any make up either. Maybe women don't want to go without make up because they feel they are attractive without it. Which is sad. Because women feel should beautiful without the need to spend tons of money on something superficial. I have always been told i look better without make up. Maybe that is because i haven't worn any in my lifetime. I think it is truly sad women would pick make up over their spouses. I wouldn't.

Spike... SpikedMango

$800 worth of makeup in their makeup bag?! Where are these women shopping?!

I have MAYBE $30 worth. Holy moly.

Maggie 'Fife' McKnight

I wear makeup for special occasions but not everyday.  I would give up make up if I had to.

ivans... ivansmom07

I adore make-up and own way more that $800 worth of it. And I'd give it up in a heartbeat for my hubby.

Nicho... NicholasMama608

I don't wear makeup.  Ever.  I don't see a point in showing a fake face to the world.  Love me for what I really look like and love me for what God made me look like.  Not what some makeup and powder can make me look like.

3rdCo... 3rdCoastTXtoast

I haven't worn make-up in years. Since I quit my retail job in early 2008, I just don't wear it for a few reasons.

1. It seriously itches my face and eyes.

2. It's hot in Texas and would melt right off.

3. I'm a stay-at-home-mom. My husband and I have been together for 10 years, and he honestly doesn't like make-up. I have a 1-year-old, and at this point in life, I'm just happy when I get my morning shower while he watches Dora in his highchair by the bathroom door.

Of course, there are a few exceptions when I might wear it such as a date or special occasion. When BooBoo gets old enough to go to a preschool, I will get a job that I can dress up for and feel pretty. But, for now, it's not part of my routine.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I call BS on the study.  I'll bet the women who said they pick make-up over their partner would pick something else - like shoes - over their partner, too.  It has little to do with make-up and more to do with the fact that they're not in fulfilling relationships.

Aundria Cooper Premo

That's stupid...and there is really nothing more to say.

MrsDex MrsDex

NicholasMama-Makeup isn't there to cover up what you look like, it's there to ENHANCE what you look like (when applied properly, lol) It's great that you have the confidence to put your "true" self out there, but not all women have that, albeit sad.

But that said, as a makeup lover, I would gladly give it up for DH.

chixi... chixie421

I agree hoticedcoffee. Its more about their crap relationships than their love for makeup. I work full time and wear business casual clothes and the ONLY makeup I put on is face lotion so I dont dry out and mascara, If I have time. I have a 4 yr old, a 19 mth old and am 6 months preggo. Time is more important than makeup.... hell, DEODERANT is more important than makeup.

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