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The #nomakeselfie has literally taken over social media in the past few weeks as women ditch the slap to raise awareness and much needed funds for cancer research.

However, it seems that ditching the make-up in favour of a more natural look is the way to go, as new research finds men and women prefer faces that use a minimum amount of cosmetics.

Psychologist Dr Alex Jones at Bangor University conducted a study that found men prefer women who wear up to 40% less make-up.

The study, which will be published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, looked at the use of cosmetics and found that while it is thought men find make-up more attractive than no make-up, it is actually the complete opposite.

According to the results: “When reporting their own preferences for makeup, men found faces more attractive when they were wearing less makeup, up to 40% less than the actual amount worn.”

Talking about the latest no make-up selfies which have raised nearly €750,000 for the Irish Cancer Society, Dr Jones said: “I hope everyone takes the positive response to their no makeup selfies on board, and well done for raising awareness and money for a good cause!”



A recent poll found that the average woman will spend more of her life with make-up on than without it.

Shocking, we know.

A survey conducted by health brand Beurer found that a typical woman spends about 11 minutes each morning painting her face and keeps the make-up on for a full 13 hours before taking it off.

With foundation, concealer, mascara and eyeshadow being the most popular items worn by women, this just goes to show the lengths women go to for a confidence boost.

Two thirds admit they would leave it on even longer if they were expecting guests over and nearly one in five women said they wouldn’t open the door with a bare face.

It’s not right, but we can relate.