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Putting your best face forward?

Putting your best face forward

Following on from my facebook post yesterday about how makeup is perceived, I read another interesting article today which I want to share with you guys. In a study, funded by Procter & Gamble, scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute asked participants to rate various looks in terms of competence, likeability, attractiveness and trustworthiness

They found that when faces were shown very quickly, all ratings went up with cosmetics in all different looks
‘The women were judged as more competent, likeable, attractive and trustworthy.’

As the length of time increased that participants were allowed to see the images, participants showed that beauty and competence went up but trustworthiness – or honesty – soon suffered as cosmetic looks got heavier

Putting your best face forward

For all of their positive effects on looking and feeling good, large amounts of make-up soon started to negatively impact on the way people perceived an individual’s honesty

‘Dramatic make-up was no longer an advantage compared to when people saw the photos very quickly.’

As time pressure will affect automatic judgements, the authors pointed out that the results may have a bearing upon the way women should approach photos for ballots, job applications and dating sites

Interesting huh!

I’m (obviously) an advocate of makeup and it’s ability to empower women in a number of different ways but what do you guys think?

Message me with your ideas or post comments below. I got a few great replies from yesterday … A few of you said that you often wear bright lippie if you’re feeling low! That’s good to know! So ladies, if you see someone with bright lippie on, they might just be having a bad day so throw them an extra smile!!

What do you do when you’re feeling low?

Some of you said that your confidence increases when you have spent time making an effort on yourself… Do you think that’s because you know you’ve got your “best face on”?

Let me know!

Look forward to hearing more… And be brave… Post the comments below so we can all read them

Make Up Like A Pro :)

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