By Grace Vasquez

Full disclosure: I LOVE MAKEUP! I love everything about it. I love wearing it. I love shopping for it. I love to watch videos showing you how to apply it. However, even I know sometimes you can go over board with the colors and heavy hand and it can be inappropriate; I’ll call it a “Make-Up Malfunction!” It happens.

How we present ourselves speaks volumes and it’s a first impression many take away when they meet a person for the first time. Well, a new study has found that women who wear too much make up may be viewed negatively.

The study published in the journal Perception, researchers had participants view a series of images featuring the same woman without makeup, and with makeup applied for a “social night out.”

Participants were asked to judge sixteen of these face-pairs, indicating how much better a leader they felt their chosen face to be compared to the other face. Ultimately, both male and female participants said the faces wearing more makeup were likely to be worse leaders. Hmm, that’s interesting because a previous study found a woman wearing make up to be “dominant.”

Study leader Dr. Christopher Watkins adds, “This research follows previous work in this area, which suggests that wearing makeup enhances how dominant a woman looks.”

So, let me get this straight, there are two studies about women wearing make up with two different outcomes. A previous study found  a woman wearing more make up is perceived as dominant; while the latest study finds less make up she’s a better leader. Hmm?

My take away is do I want to be dominant or a leader? Make up or less make up?  Well, I’m a woman therefore, I can be dominant one day and a leader the next.

There. Problem fixed. ~grace

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