SLEEPING BEAUTY: The make up you CAN sleep in
We're always told not to sleep in our make-up. But new overnight products can help you wake up gorgeous
03:16 GMT, 20 August 2012
10:18 GMT, 20 August 2012
Who wouldn't want to wake up looking effortlessly gorgeous According to a recent survey, 10 per cent of women are so anxious about being seen without make-up by their partners, that they feel they need to apply some sort of cosmetic before they go to bed.
Fortunately, those psychic scientists at cosmetic companies have been developing make-up that works overnight to make you look gorgeous in the morning.
The cream of the crop is Bare Minerals’ Pure Transformation Night Treatment (45, bareminerals.co.uk), a brush-on powder specifically designed to be worn at night.
Dream come true: Psychic scientists have been developing make-up that works overnight to make you look gorgeous in the morning
While doing its main job of evening out skin colour and minimising the appearance of pores, the product also makes your skin look smoother and more radiant, by combining with the natural moisture in the skin to give a subtle glow.
You still cleanse in the morning but because this product blends in with the moisture in your skin it works more like a brightening moisturiser and so doesn’t leave a ‘layer’ of anything on your face that needs to be taken off.
There are a handful of mascaras that stand a decent chance of lasting overnight; such as Blinc’s (2.56 for a trial-size mascara, blincuk.co.uk), which forms tiny tubes around your lashes until you soak these loose with warm water, and Diego Dalla Palma’s Semi-Permanent mascara (16, diegodalla palma.com) which, if you wear every day for five days, will give your lashes a tint that will last a fortnight.
Frownies – little brown plasters that iron out wrinkles while you sleep – are a tried-and-tested anti-ageing trick
A strong streak of eyeliner like Bobbi
Brown’s excellent Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, (16.50, bobbibrown.co.uk)
will stay put for as long as you want it to.
Whether you take off your mascara in
the morning is between you and your conscience — leaving it on won’t do
any harm, but you’ll get a smoother result with any subsequent mascara
you put on if you start with clean lashes.
Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Repair mask (48.50) can make a difference to that morning-after look
Looking fresh first thing in the morning is an admirable aim, but there are other ways to achieve it other than make-up. More sleep, less alcohol and a spot of exercise during the day, for starters.
Taking off your make-up properly, wearing a hydrating mask such as Aromatherapy Associates Overnight Repair mask (48.50, aromatherapyassociates.com) and sleeping on a silk pillowcase all make a difference (it’s not just an old-wives’ tale; a pillowcase made from silk or satin is smoother, and less likely to rough up the cuticles of your hair).
And to iron out your wrinkles, you could try the well-trodden route of wearing Frownies while you sleep. Frownies are small, brown-paper plasters that you apply over the bits of your face prone to wrinkling to keep them smooth overnight (18.50 for a box that will last a month or two, frownies.co.uk).
But your beloved really won’t want to see those in the morning, so you will have to make sure you wake early enough to pull them off, or your overnight beautifying efforts will have entirely the wrong effect.
LIP BALMS TRIED AND TESTED
Smith's minted rose lip balm, 8, houseoffraser.co.uk: Lovely scent, glossy finish and very moisturising
Shea butter lip balm, 7.50, loccitane.com: Gives a subtle matte finish and softens lips
Revlon colour burst lip butter, 7.99, boots.com: Moisturises but doesnt give great coverage
Smashbox O-Plump, 17.50, boots.com: Plumps lips but the goji berries make it very tingly which may put you off