From the NYT :: Up the Career Ladder, Lipstick In Hand

I read this intriguing piece in Nina Garcia’s blog, it was taken from an article posted in the New York Times on Oct 12th 2011.  The message was that based on a recent study, turn out women who wear a dab of cosmetics/ makeup are more likely to earn more respect, trust and affection from your co-workers.  Wearing makeup…

[increases people’s perceptions of a woman’s likability, her competence and (provided she does not overdo it) her trustworthiness, according to a new study, which also confirmed what is obvious: that cosmetics boost a woman’s attractiveness.]

We are not talking red carpet makeup but a dash of a little lipstick, maybe blusher or mascara.  I understand where this statement takes root, makeup or perfume or face cream can in fact make us happ-ier, look, feel better.  Think how a new dress or pair of shoes for some, can in fact change our mood – retail therapy is what most call it.  Breakup with a boyfriend?  Go shopping.  Wake up feeling not so good about the dark circles under the eyes?  Concealer is my bff.

What we see/ feel/ smell in our exterior gives us inner confidence.  Makeup enhances our natural beauty, it is a conscious effort we are putting on to appear refreshed, younger in front of others and of course for ourselves.   The type of cosmetics that make me happy are concealers, blush and a good face cream with spf.  What’s yours? Or do you disagree?

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