Like the eponymous witches of Roald Dahl's The Witches, all of the heterosexual women in the world have conspired together to hide their true appearances (talons; baldness; square feet) from all men. How deep does this conspiracy go? Well, according to a new study, the average woman will wait four weeks and one day (UNTIL THE DARK OF THE MOON?) before she lets a new boyfriend see her without makeup on.
The survey of 2,000 women finds that women feel far less attractive and confident and far more vulnerable without makeup on (duh). Six out of ten had to make sure their partner liked them enough before unveiling their actual face, which is very depressing. A whole third of women polled were convinced that, had they let their boyfriend see them sans makeup too early into the relationship, it would not have gone anywhere. Seriously? What is the logic here? "Oh, once I've acclimated him to my personality via cosmetics, I will sit him down and reveal to him the grizzled Baba Yaga that lurks beneath my foundation. Hopefully his fond memories of me will sustain him through the trauma."