Do This Don't: Sleep (Or Don't Sleep) In Your Makeup

FINALLY. Makeup you can wear on an all-nighter.
Publish date:
July 18, 2013
makeup, laziness, all nighters, face wipes, bare minerals

I am a slattern. Despite spending a large amount of my income on beauty products, skincare and haircare, I am still too lazy to take my make-up off before bed. I always consider it, for maybe a nanosecond, before thinking "nah" and launching under the duvet, safe in the knowledge that my Nivea wipes will remove the thick black eyeliner and 3 coats of mascara in the morning.

This is not a good thing. Wipes, although better than not using anything at all, are not conducive to you having the best skin you could possibly have. If I used a proper hot cloth cleanser in the evening and moisturized before bed, I'd probably look like Kate Bosworth. All glowy and radiant. As it stands, my complexion could use a bit of work and the fact I sleep in my make-up probably doesn't help.

See also: the walk of shame. Who hasn't stayed out all night and had to traipse home the next day, trying to look vaguely human? Case in point -- this weekend I was at a one-day music festival in London, which went on until about 11 pm. I was going to get the train home to Brighton, where I live (it's about an hour-and-a half away from the festival) so I hadn't packed anything with me apart from a lip balm and a mirror.

This would have been fine, had I not then lost everyone I was with (FREE BAR!), lost my phone battery and ended up staying over at a girl's house who I'd met that day -- luckily she was absolutely lovely -- and waking up at 7am on Monday morning thinking I was in a hospital.

Waking up at 7 am in a bedroom I'd never seen before in East London, hungover to the point of crying, with no phone was NOT what I'd had planned. To add insult to injury, I HAD NO MAKE-UP. Now, I love going barefaced 98% of the time. I love make-up to the point of unhealthy obsession, but I also love not wearing it. You can do both! It's all good.

However, the other 2% of the time includes when you need to face rush hour London commuters while suffering from a CODE RED hangover and you don't want people to stare at you/call an ambulance. This was my predicament.

Rather than soaping off my day-before's make-up, I tried to neaten up the edges with a wet flannel. I looked like a bag of dicks. Last night's make up never, EVER looks good. I'm sorry, it's a fact. You just look like you need a wash.

Thankfully, after three hours of hot, sticky London, hotter Underground and a depressing train journey home I finally made it through my front door. After a quick shower, some Emergen-C and two of my nan's cheese scones, I was reunited with my BB cream and headed to the beach. Life was good again.

But never again would I be caught short, I decided. Or at least, I needed to get some make up that wouldn't melt off my face overnight just in case.

Now, Bare Minerals must have been reading my hot, sweaty mind that morning, because LOOK! Look what they've done!

It's make-up that you can wear to bed! And not only that, my fellow lazy beauty hounds, but it actually claims to make you look even more beautiful than you already do!

The official blurb reads: "Proven to reduce the appearance of pores, improve luminosity and deliver increased cell turnover, this nighttime mineral treatment is powered by our proprietary ActiveSoilTM Complex to give you skin-renewing benefits. Experience younger-looking, radiant, even skin tone with improved texture. This concentrated powder formula replenishes skin while you sleep so you'll wake up to the famous bareMinerals Naturally Luminous glow."

You're supposed to use at the very end of your nighttime routine, but me being me, I decided to just wear it out for the evening and then sleep in it, because that's how I roll. The evening I put it on was particularly hot and sticky. I buffed it on using the brush provided and was really pleased with the result.

If I had thought about it properly, I would have photographed my skin in the morning, but as I am writing this up I realized that I didn't. I am such a FAILURE. Rest assured I looked totally great. For measure, here, have a photo of me looking truly terrible on the morning of New Year's Day, after sleeping in bog standard make-up. Horror-show.

It also doesn't come off on your pillows, which is handy if you don't want to have to wash your pillowcases every three days. Definitely worth $60 just for that. You'll save that in washing powder!

Are you one for sleeping in your make up? If so, give this a go. Or do you think sleeping in make-up is for heathens and scumbags? You know what to do!