Look Good It takes work to look this good

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Boys, it takes work to look this good!

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to getting ready for work each day, a large proportion of my time (read around 30 minutes) is consumed with looking good. This includes choosing my outfit, carefully applying my makeup and blow drying my hair until it’s suitably bouncy. Some days and this is ramped up to 45 minutes. Eyebrows, after all, need to be plucked and legs need to be waxed.

Despite clamouring on that they love the ‘natural look’, most men, I thought, knew that we invest this time into looking our best. Surely no one would be naive enough to think the bounty of beautiful looking women walking around Sydney actually get out of bed looking like that … would they? According to a new survey a staggering 90% of men believe their partners are natural beauties. Somewhat less surprisingly, just 30% of women believe this is the case.

The survey, which canvassed the opinion of British men and women and which was conducted by Nice n’ Easy, also revealed that women like to keep the truth about their beauty regime locked behind the safety of the bathroom door. Whilst a quarter of women confessed to having one beauty secret, 23% admitted that nobody – not even their friends – knows the extent of their regime.

Topping the list of confidential activities was waxing or bleaching their moustache (yes, women get them too, boys). Whilst 27% of women surveyed said they would be mortified if their love interest discovered this beauty secret, others said they would be horrified if their partner discovered underarm hair, stubbly legs or grey roots.

Whilst the research revealed the extents we go to to look our best, it also revealed that keeping beauty secrets could in fact be good for relationships. The overwhelming majority of men surveyed said they don’t mind their partner keeping beauty rituals hidden – a view supported by women, with 70 per cent who keep a beauty secret from their partner believing it to be key to a healthy relationship.

‘In an age where very little remains taboo, many women still prefer to keep some things private, believing that there’s a place for a little mystery and mystique even within their closest relationships,’ psychologist and psychotherapist Rachel Shattock Dawson told the Daily Mail.

‘Knowing your hair looks great and that you look your natural best clearly pays great dividends in confidence and self-esteem.
‘However, some of our beauty rituals aren’t the most romantic sights to witness. Some women prefer to keep these activities behind closed doors to keep the romance alive and to appear more naturally sexy and attractive to their partners.’
Whilst men might like to believe we spend time getting ready in order to look good for them, the research showed that women simply want to look good in order to feel good about themselves. Three quarters of the women surveyed believe they are much more confident when they have completed their beauty regime and 61% say that that they feel like a new person.
What about you? Are you a natural beauty or do you spend a long time getting ready in the morning? What beauty secrets do you have?

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Lizzy has more than ten years’ experience in the print and digital publishing arena and is the Editor at Single File. Having moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, Lizzy has worked for a number of leading publishers in Sydney and has particular expertise in the health, wellness and travel markets. If you have any questions for Lizzy, you can send them across by email to lizzy@singlefile.com.au.

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