By Makeup Artist and Skincare Expert Tamra Marie
It’s 4AM and you’re ready to crash sans brushing your teeth, flossing, and lemme guess - removing your makeup definitely ain’t happenin’ - we’ve all been there! But in a world of constant judging, would you really ever admit to sleeping in your makeup? Pause. Don’t answer that - but as a Pro Makeup Artist who’s obsessed with skin health, this definitely ranks as a cardinal sin.
Lemme explain why?
Image by Lauren Napier Beauty
A lot of skin sins happen when we sleep in our makeup - you ask such as:
Well, makeup physically blocks our pores, can be the “trap house” for oil from leaving the skin (uhhh, hello breakout)! adding, this type of poor skin behavior can cause environmental stressors; skin inflammation; redness; bottom line irritation or heck infection. Now we all know the girls that will apply a touch of eyeliner for bed for that "sexy/slept in-look” they sleep in their makeup intentionally because going bare in front of their partner, can’t happen. Talking about dependency, eek! I get wanting to have bedroom eyes but let’s weigh the entire cost here - lol!
Like I said, nobody is here for the 3 i’s: (inflammation, irritation or infection). When I’m working with Clients I talk about the affects of sleeping in cosmetics. Clients don’t realize that wrinkles, acne/breakouts, dry skin, clogged pores, broken eyelashes and oh so common chapped lips can be tied to sleeping in your makeup. Really? Yup…
“Get into this tea:”
Wrinkles are caused by loss or broken down collagen resulting in aged skin.
Acne/Breakouts is caused by clogged pores and bacteria buildup.
Dry skin can’t get nourished if makeup is in the way, (ie. makeup can be a barrier to that bomb ass moisturizer you bought)
Broken lashes happen when mascara is left on too long; overnight leads to brittle broken/short lashes - who wants that!?
Sleeping with any type of lipstick will result in dryness/chapping, not to mention a disaster for your pillowcase!
P’sssss lean in - this is a safe space, and I do my best not to judge but even in my most tiredest state of mind, at the very least I’ll reach for a facial cleansing wipe. My absolute, hands down favorite is the Lauren Napier brand . These beauties do the trick, because they are gentle, yet effective and ooooh the luxe metallic packaging will have you swooning. They never dry out because they are individually wrapped - what more can a girl ask for! Shout out, “Lauren” the creator; my bff in my head & heart.
“Now I’ve said what I said, I’m off my soap box…so if you refuse to go bed makeup-free Sis that’s your business! “