Most women in the U.S. wear some amount of makeup, whether your full face is decked out with or a mere swipe of lip gloss. Ladies, we know that makeup can make most of us feel prettier and more confident, but does it make us more successful?
A recent study claims that women who wear more makeup appear more “competent” — and, therefore, have advantages in the workplace. The study was developed by a team comprised of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston University and Proctor & Gamble. Their research apparently revealed that when participants looked at a female face for 250 milliseconds, women who wore color cosmetics rated higher in attractiveness, competence, likability and trustworthiness. The study led to the conclusion that women who wear makeup are more competent, and have a higher chance of finding work and being successful in their careers.
Professor Linda Blum, interim director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University, recently slammed the study saying:
This is a distraction that individualizes bigger problems. Whether or not a woman chooses to wear makeup and how much she chooses to wear is not going to override much larger social economic problems, such as the shrinking pool of good job opportunities or the persistence of great economic and racial inequality in America. We need to address these issues on the larger policy-making and economic level and not blame the individual or make her feel as though, for example, that she is unemployed because she is not attractive enough or didn’t work hard enough on a makeover.
This study… makes no sense to me. How do you just assume because people wear makeup that they’re automatically more competent than someone without makeup? How is a woman more trustworthy just because she may dab on more blush and eye shadow than me? And besides, aren’t there better studies to spend time and energy on anyway? This one seemed like a huge waste.
What do you think Lovelies? Does makeup make someone more competent and successful? Or was this study a complete waste of time?