Nearly three quarters of men have no idea the lengths their wife or girlfriend goes to look her best, a study found yesterday.
Research revealed most men are completely oblivious to the extensive beauty routine their other half goes through on a daily basis.
Along the pampering habits which escape men is the waxing or bleaching of moustaches and the extensive plucking of eyebrows, nose hair and chin whiskers.
Wearing push-up bras, false eyelashes and control pants were also tricks ladies confessed to resorting to.
As was covertly applying fake tan and wearing hair extensions for extra volume the poll by QVS Beauty Tools Experts found.
Four in ten women said they purposely hide the gory details of their beauty regime from their man, with a third of women claiming they want to keep-up the pretence that they always look great.
The poll of 1000 women and 1000 men revealed incredibly one in twenty women have never let their husband or boyfriend see them without a full face of make-up on.
A spokeswoman for QVS Beauty Tools Experts said: ‘’All women will be able to relate to locking themselves in the bathroom to carry out top secret beauty tasks they don’t want their partner to know about.
‘’Waxing or plucking unwanted hair and smothering yourself in fake tan aren’t particularly alluring things to do, so it’s understandable women don’t want to broadcast these jobs to their other half.
‘’Most women of course have a regime that makes them look and feel better and the longer you have been with someone they more comfortable you feel in their presence.
‘’Getting up extra early to apply false eyelashes or to put in hair extensions on a daily basis to avoid your partner finding out you wear them does seem extreme.
The study revealed more than a quarter of the 1000 men polled said they have no idea what elements make up their wife or girlfriends beauty routine.
With seven in ten saying they would rather be kept in the dark about what she gets up to behind the bathroom door.
But one in ten said they would be shocked to learn that the love of their life wore cleavage enhancing bras or pants that sucked her in.
And a quarter said they would also be surprised to find out she wore false nails, coloured contacts or had veneers on her teeth.
And more than one in ten blokes couldn’t believe their other half would resort to wearing false tan.
But the research showed a quarter of women said they would be left embarrassed if their partner caught them carrying out certain preening tasks, with shaving their bikini line, waxing or bleaching their facial hair and plucking nasal hairs being named as the most mortifying.
Fortunately three quarters of women said the longer they remain in a relationship the less they are concerned with keeping up a less than perfect image.
With women claiming after being with a man for an average of one year and seven months, she begins to relax about her appearance.
Having said that, a devious 61 per cent of females polled said if they receive a compliment from their partner they never confess to any ‘cheats’ they have undertaken, preferring to remain tight lipped.
A spokeswoman for QVS added: ‘’Hair removal seems to be the most embarrassing thing that women would prefer to keep from their partner.’’
‘’But in a way it’s a compliment to the men in their lives that they are prepared to go to such lengths to look good and keep it a secret.
‘’No matter what the beauty task involves we have every tool and accessory to assist women and men.’’
BIGGEST BEAUTY SECRETS
Pluck whiskers from face
Wax moustache/facial hair
Wax/shave bikini line
Pluck hairs from nose
Bleach moustache/facial hair
Remove hard skin from feet
Wear Spanx/control pants
Pluck your eyebrows
Cut your toenails
Wear a push-up/padded bra
Apply a face pack
Wear tooth veneers
Wear false nails
Wear eyelash extensions
Wear false eyelashes
Wear coloured contact lenses
Paint your toenails
Wear hair extensions
Have hair coloured / highlights