Women Spend 474 Days Putting On Their Makeup
9:30 am, February 22nd | by Meredith Lepore
How much time do you spend putting on your makeup before work? According to a new British survey, women spend 474 days – one year and three months – in their lifetime putting on makeup and other cosmetics. Whew!
Another survey (conducted by a deodorant company) found that women spend £100,000 ( the equivalent of about $164,000) on makeup over the course of their lifetimes. That works out to be $65 a week between ages 16 and 65. That’s a lot of money and a lot of time.
From The Daily Mail:
“On average the women in the survey admitted taking 14.5 minutes on their weekday make-up routine, 24 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday, and just over once a week would spend 76 minutes getting ready for a big night out.”
But this shouldn’t be a surprise considering, another recent study found that more than two thirds of women would be too scared to go to work without their makeup on. They also think going au natural on their work commute would be scarier than a job interview, public speaking and a first date. The poll of 3,000 women found that more than half would be confident to be seen by their friends, family or partner without make-up. But 70% said that they would not want to be seen by their work colleagues or bosses without their hair and make-up done.
Also, many studies have show that the right amount of makeup at work can make you seem more competent. Pyschologist Celia Bibby said: ‘Many women feel that there is a stigma associated with not wearing make-up and that their employers may discriminate against them if they don’t turn up to work “dolled up.” You’re screwed if you do it, screwed if you don’t.
But one year and three months is still a lot of time to spend looking in the mirror puckering your lips.