Scottish Daily Mail

Can sleep­ing in your make-up be good for your skin?

- by Hannah Betts

MAKE-UP has al­ways been my ob­ses­sion — I’ve worn a full face of it daily from the age of 11 — but in one as­pect I have al­ways been saintly. So long as I have been sober, and not in the throes of pas­sion, I have al­ways re­moved it be­fore bed.

It’s some­thing au­to­matic, like brush­ing my teeth. If not, my pores would be­come clogged, my face would crack into wrin­kles and I’d break out in sup­pu­rat­ing boils — or that is what old wives’ tales have con­di­tioned me to be­lieve.

Even a cur­sory Google search comes up with the con­sen­sus that sleep­ing in makeup spells doom. Cos­met­ics in­crease ex­po­sure to free rad­i­cals in the en­vi­ron­ment, caus­ing the break­down of col­la­gen, re­sult­ing in fine lines. Blocked pores lead to acne. Per­ma­nently mas­caraed lashes spell styes, con­junc­tivi­tis and eye­lash shed­ding. Not pretty.

And so it is with trep­i­da­tion that I ac­cept the chal­lenge to sleep in my slap. Why? Be­cause the make-up artist and cos­met­ics guru Char­lotte Til­bury rec­om­mends it. Char­lotte, 41, whom I have had the plea­sure of meet­ing, is a Ti­tian-haired beauty who claims no one sees her with­out her sig­na­ture fe­line flicks.

As she has de­clared: ‘I sleep in my make-up. I’m never, ever seen with­out it. My hus­band has never seen me with­out make-up. It comes off, and goes back on again.

‘At night I take ev­ery­thing off my face and mois­turise — be­cause you have to let your skin breathe a bit — then I put ev­ery­thing right back on again. A lit­tle un­der-eye bright­ener, then the eye make-up goes back on, and maybe a lit­tle tint on the cheeks.

‘My mother told me: “You have to keep the mystery alive.” ’

Come morn­ing, Char­lotte pops some mois­turiser on top of her make-up, touches up her look and is good to go. It is a rou­tine she has rec­om­mended to fa­mous faces she works with, among them Kate Moss, Cara Delev­ingne and the cakedin cos­met­ics Kim Kar­dashian (imag­ine that pil­low).

Fans of this pol­icy ben­e­fit from less time in front of the mir­ror. And it’s not just celebri­ties, but what El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley would re­fer to as ‘civil­ians’, too: sur­veys re­veal that a third of Bri­tish women sleep in their make-up twice a week.

Some even claim their skin looks bet­ter this way. So it’s time to put sleep­ing in slap to the test.

By 11.30pm I am star­ing rue­fully at my evening face — foun­da­tion, con­cealer, three eye-shad­ows, liner, mas­cara, brow make-up, high­lighter, blusher, pow­der and my favourite shiny lip­stick. Tonight, none of it is com­ing off.

I am sport­ing Char­lotte’s mas­cara (£22) and liner (£19). I have teamed them with YSL Beaute’s Fu­sion Foun­da­tion (£31.50) and Ar­mani Eye & Brow Mae­stro, which is wa­ter and pil­low-proof (£27). The rest is my usual fare: Guer­lain eye shadow and high­lighter, Bobbi Brown con­cealer, YSL blush and a Lip­stick Queen pout. Usu­ally, I would erase the first layer with wipes, then use eye make-up re­mover, face oil, and an­other turn with face oil and my Clar­isonic brush, be­fore tak­ing off any residue with mi­cel­lar wa­ter — an ob­ses­sive­com­pul­sive quadru­ple hose-down.

Next, I’d ap­ply serum, eye cream and mois­turiser.

Tonight, my bed­time rit­ual is a cinch: I re­move my con­tact lenses, brush my teeth and that’s it. It all feels faintly un­san­i­tary.

Still, at least my boyfriend isn’t around to kiss off my Norma Des­mond-style mask. I lie on my pil­low won­der­ing whether to sleep on my back to stay cos­met­i­cally pris­tine. Af­ter five min­utes, I give up and adopt my usual po­si­tion — on my front, head to the side.

I wake at 8am, on my back, and ex­pect my eyes to be glued to­gether. They’re not. Nei­ther is my pil­low in the hor­ren­dous state I’d ex­pected. And my face isn’t too bad. There is smudg­ing about the eyes, my lashes are bent and my nose is un­flat­ter­ingly shiny.

How­ever, my skin looks pass­able, my blusher is al­most in­tact and my lips aren’t chapped.

THEN I do the Char­lotte Til­bury touch-up, re­mov­ing my panda eyes with a cot­ton bud and ap­ply­ing her Magic Cream mois­turiser (£70), the won­der prod­uct she has been us­ing for 20 years.

It’s sooth­ing, and an­other layer of slap glides on smoothly. The pho­tog­ra­pher tells me I don’t look that dif­fer­ent from the night be­fore. Alas, to me my make-up looks tired and age­ing.

My eyes itch a bit, and I miss my wake-up rit­ual of a shower, then set­tling down with a cup of tea to cre­ate a new face for the day. Still, I’m out of the house within 20 min­utes, as op­posed to an hour.

By noon my eyes have ac­quired a minx­ish, lived-in guise that a male col­league tells me is ‘sexy as hell’. Still, I feel grubby. By evening, af­ter two sweaty com­mutes, I feel fes­ter­ing.

My eyes are gungy and my eye­lashes ache. I can’t take it any more and can­cel a hot date to hurry home and strip the whole thing off, al­most weep­ing with re­lief when my skin is re­turned to its vir­ginal state.

But I do not look blooming. I’m dry and blotchy, and my pores haven’t been as cav­ernous since I was 14.

It’s clear that if I con­tin­ued with this soap-dodg­ing my eyes and lips would be raw at the cor­ners, my cheeks and fore­head parched.

Skin spe­cial­ist Dr Michael Prager says that real cau­tion is re­quired: ‘We’re talk­ing clogged pores, har­bour­ing the day’s bac­te­ria, en­vi­ron­men­tal poi­son, dirt, dead skin cells and all sorts of un­healthy in­gre­di­ents sanc­tioned by the EU reg­u­la­tion on skin­care in­gre­di­ents.

‘The skin is go­ing to take a hell of a ham­mer­ing. It might equate to age­ing your­self by as much as ten years in 30 days.’ The hor­ror!

Sleep­ing in slap is all very rock chick, but at 44 I want to look like a civilised hu­man be­ing. This kind of thing may work for Kate Moss, but then, Ms Moss has al­ways struck me as some­one who looks as if she needs a good wash.

If I sound prissy about this, I am. My cleanser isn’t go­ing any­where.

 ??  ?? Glam­orous: Han­nah in full make-up
Glam­orous: Han­nah in full make-up NIGHT BE­FORE
 ??  ?? Glow: Smudged, but not too bad
Glow: Smudged, but not too bad MORN­ING AF­TER

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