A WOMAN claims her partner NEVER sees her without make-up and admits she only feels “normal” with a face full of slap.
Raquel Mitchell, 27, from Brighton, admitted she often goes to sleep with all her make-up on, even her foundation.
Every morning when she wakes up, she leaps out of bed and runs for the bathroom where she takes it off before spending half an hour re-applying.
The PR worker, who lives with her partner of three years, Tom Bourlet, 29, explained: “I don’t feel myself without make up.
“I started wearing it when I was 13, and wore it every day to school.
“My made-up face has become the one I present to the world, and it has become my identity.
“I don’t even like looking at my own face without make-up.”
Raquel is typical – if an extreme example – of the third of women who won’t leave the house without their slap firmly in place.
A survey this week by Covent Garden’s Beauty Quarter has revealed, in a poll of 1,000 women, that 33 per cent of women won’t even leave the house to put the bins out without make-up – and 60 per cent even wear it to the gym.
Tom has hardly ever seen her without it, but reckons she would look “equally lovely” if she went au naturel.
“She hates me seeing her without make up,” he said.
“I am like most men in that I am happy to see women bare-faced – I think they apply it for themselves, not men.”
With a career in PR, Raquel said that her appearance is very important.
“I only feel normal when I have make up on,” she admitted.
“Otherwise I feel exposed, vulnerable – it sounds weird but my self-confidence comes from my make-up.
“I often go to sleep with all my make up on, even foundation. Then when I wake up I race into the bathroom and use face wipes to take it off, before instantly re-applying it.
“I’d certainly wear make-up to the gym – to any occasion.
“It’s weird because I don’t get this from my mum – she was quite happy not wearing make up. I simply feel 100 per cent naked if I don’t have it on.”
She added: “It isn’t as if I am scared of Tom seeing me without make up – it’s just that I only really feel that I look like myself when I have blusher, foundation, eye shadow, eye liner and lipstick on.
“I feel that make-up defines my face. I don’t put it on to look younger – I don’t really need to – I apply it to feel confident.”
Recent research by Dr Alex Jones, a lecturer in the College of Human and Health Sciences Psychology Department at Swansea University, found that when a controlled group of men and women looked at pictures of women wearing make up, and without, they deemed the made-up women not only more attractive but also more “dominant” and “prestigious”.
The study also found that women are more likely to feel jealous about another woman who is wearing make-up, perceiving them as not only more attractive to men, but also as more promiscuous.
Dr Jones said: “I think the biggest thing to take away from the study is that make up is a really powerful took when it comes to altering social perceptions.
“It genuinely affects how people judge you in different social scenarios.”
Raquel said: “I don’t think there is anything wrong in being reliant on make-up to look your best.
“It is fun, and you can experiment with your look. I’m always on the look-out for new brands and new types of make-up.
“I’m not sure I will always be like this, but I enjoy stepping out of the house fully made-up and knowing that I look my very best.”
Earlier this week new mum Cheryl revealed she hasn’t worn a stitch of make-up since baby Bear was born.