French model and actress Lou Doillon said the beauty tip her mother Jane Birkin passed down to her was “to put on black eye makeup before going to bed, so it looks all smudgy and beautiful in the morning.”
Charlotte Tilbury, an incredible British makeup artist that I’m a big fan of also goes to bed with fresh makeup on. Doesn’t this sound so cool and glamorous in a European or rocker chic kind of way? No disrespect to these ladies, but I’m here to tell you, this is not a good idea in terms of health or beauty.
Here’s what can happen:
- Acne city and infection! I can personally attest to this. If I’ve ever been too, ahem, tired to remove my makeup before bed, I can expect at least a new pimple or two the next day.
- With the passing of time, your makeup “moves” a bit. Allergic reactions, irritation and redness in your eyes could occur if the makeup particles make contact with your eyes.
- Dryness and chapped lips. The residue of makeup on your face the next day will not allow your moisturizer to penetrate the skin as effectively. Also, certain ingredients in makeup and especially lipstick (think the long wear formulas) are very drying. Lack of moisture = aging!
- Your skin sheds constantly and having a barrier of makeup won’t allow that natural process to occur fully, which can lead to a dull, congested complexion.
- I don’t know anyone that is able to sleep in one position the entire night, so your pillowcase will undoubtedly become a cesspool with a smeared circus clown imprint. Yummy!
So, have I convinced you yet? I know that sometimes it’s hard to do what’s best of us when we’re too tired, intoxicated, busy or just super lazy. So consider keeping a pack of makeup wipes on your bedside table. That’s not too hard! I even picked some out for you!
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