As a woman you know there’s always been a lot of tension about the expectations of us as women to look “beautiful.” For some women, makeup is a part of their femininity that they’d rather eschew entirely. For others, perhaps like yourself, it’s a wonderland of color and opportunity for personal expression. No matter your preference, I’d like to talk today a bit about how permanent makeup can give you a confidence booster all day, every day.
No, wearing makeup isn’t the same thing as having a positive self-image, and the latter is extremely important. But, in my personal opinion, and my experience, permanent cosmetics can give women a sense of control over their looks. Personally, I find that while my gray brow hairs don’t bother me most of the time, I do feel more confident when I swipe on some brow mousse for date-night.
And I’m not the only person with this opinion. I hear this from my clients regularly.
Women in Makeup (Often) Feel More Confident and Can Affect Other’s Perceptions
From what I gleaned in reading recent studies, women with makeup are rated as more attractive and as better hires. Would you agree that because they value themselves? Can you see how it would translate into how others experience, see and value them?
In one study, researchers asked 42 female college students to imagine themselves in various situations. They were to imagine themselves either wearing makeup or not wearing makeup. The study showed that women who imagined themselves in their normal cosmetic routine tended to be more self-confident and sociable, and that’s just imagining themselves in makeup.
And another study even found that overall women rated themselves as more attractive — even when taking into account conditions that cosmetics don’t affect, like weight — when they were wearing makeup.
How do you feel about yourself when you see photos of you wearing makeup? Are you more apt to perceive yourself as being more attractive, more likely to be hired, healthier, and more confident? I mean what woman doesn’t want to present her best face and self to others?
I’m certainly not implying that makeup is all that makes women more attractive, it is just one of the most common attributes along with fragrance, color, and other personal expressions.
Makeup Has Its Ups … and Downs
It has also been my observation that women essentially are able to make themselves more attractive, and that, in and of itself – is empowering.
Additionally, I have found there are two kinds of makeup wearers. I’ll call them“camouflage” and “seduction.” Please allow me grace as I frame them a bit for understanding. More often women who use makeup as camouflage tend to be less self-assured, introverted, understated “au naturel”; while women who wear makeup for seduction tend to be more confident, extroverted, assertive, and sociable.
Essentially, much in the way that well-fitting clothes can help us to highlight our best qualities, permanent makeup is most beneficial when it’s used to make us feel prettier and add the finishing touches, not when it becomes a mask.