I Didn't Take My Makeup Off for a Week—This Is the Surprising Result

Elinor Block
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People often tell me I look younger than I am. And while I'd like to think I'm a real-life Benjamin Button, I have my own theory on the matter: It's because I've always stuck to a strict face-care regime. Most importantly, it's because I take my makeup off every night without fail, save a couple of drunken blips (don't judge). But after reading that a quarter of women don’t take theirs off before they go to bed*, I was intrigued. Is sleeping in your makeup really that bad for you?

Iconic makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is famed for saying how she sleeps in her makeup every night. But how good can it be? Particularly after being out and about all day with the makeup clogging your pores? To see if it's really that bad for you (hey, I could be totally wrong), I decided to see what would happen if I slept in my makeup for a week. Either it would confirm everything I already thought about taking your makeup off at night, or it would make me realise that I should never do it again. 

My rules were simple: I would sleep in my makeup every night for a week. Now, you might be thinking that it's fine if I don't wear much, but here is a rundown of all the products I currently put on my face every day: Benefit Precisely My Brow Eyebrow Pencil (£19), Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (£45), Sisley Le Teint Anti-Ageing Foundation (£98), Urban Decay Beached Bronzer (£20), Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner (£9), Sisley So Curl Mascara (£33), and Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (£10).

That’s a whole seven products I put on my face in the morning. And that doesn’t even include the toner, serum, moisturiser, and SPF I have on underneath. Want to find out the what happened after the week? Keep scrolling to discover the three reasons why you shouldn't ever sleep in your makeup…

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