Makeup Changes Everything: Social Experiment

on Jul 10, 2013 @ 11:12 am

The last time I didn't wear ANY makeup to work, people noticed. People definitely commented and I don't know if it was just me being self conscious but all day I swore I felt people's eyes on me. However, when I actually time and effort and do a whole face full o' makeup, I also get comments asking me why I am so fancy and dressed up! 

Someone else seemed to have the same dilemma and decided to do a little social experiment. She went to work with no makeup, a "no makeup" makeup look, her everyday look and a dramatic look and then recorded the results of comments etc. 

While wearing lots of makeup, she was complimented on her lipstick, but was also asked why she was was so done up. Her everyday look didn’t receive any reactions, probably because it was consistent with her usual look. As for her no-makeup-makeup look, many said, “You look so lovely without makeup." But the kicker was that her actual makeup-free look got the dreaded inquiries of finding out if she was ill or fatigued. (via

What do you think of this experiment? Is it accurate? Do you find you also get comments on your makeup depending how much you wear? 


6 Replies

I agree on Jul 10, 2013 @ 05:38 pm

On a typical day I opt for eyeliner, MAYBE mascara, and a lipgloss. I don't get many reactions because I think folks are so use to seeing me with the same look. I get mixed reactions around people when I wear no makeup. Some of the male friends I have tell me that I look a lot more beautiful without it (aww) and then some people who shall remain nameless for my jobs sake (lol) say that everyone has their off days and insinuates that PMS is the cause lol. When I add a little eyeshadow to the mix, I get rave reviews like I have a hot date. The same person who has much to say when I wear no makeup seems to be the first one to notice when I wear much more of it than usual. On a fair note though, I never wear makeup to have a natural look. I feel like if I am painting my face I want people to know I am wearing makeup lol.

I think it's pretty accurate. on Jul 10, 2013 @ 06:16 pm

I usually rock the no-makeup or subtle look, just some pressed powder, a bit of bronzer/blush, and mascara. However when I go out I do the whole 9 yards gussied up look, and I usually get positive comments on my eyeshadow etc. On the rare days when I wear full-face makeup to work (if there's an event or something) then I too get comments like "Oh, you're all fancy today!". And when I actually wear no makeup I totally get comments like "you look really tired today", or "are you feeling okay??" (gotta love people's 'polite' way of saying you look like crap haha!).

I think it's one of those things where whenever you deviate from the norm, people will notice. If your everyday look entails full eyeliner/eyeshadow/lipstick, then they day you opt for a no-makeup look people are going to notice, and vice versa. Personally I feel uncomfortable wearing NO makeup, like you said I feel like people are kind of eyeing me differently. Makeup makes such a big difference in how we look, so changing it up often can kind of shock someone else's perception of you.

agreed on Jul 12, 2013 @ 09:01 am

I pretty much never, wear make-up. My personal preference, but one week I decided to wear a little make-up for a few events. I liked the look, just a little bit of eye liner, and lip gloss, people noticed, and complimented. Then the same week for graduation, I got all done up. was getting compliments from people that I didn't even talk to, or haven't talked to in a long while. I liked the look and feeling, but didn't like the time or all the products.
I prefer no make-up simply because I am a very honest person, and I don't like covering things up unless needed. I am very open with who I am, I accept myself as a person and where I am in life. others may find reason to wear make-up and such but id rather "true beauty" first.

Kate Russell
truth...! on May 26, 2014 @ 08:44 am

its actually truth.

Very much true on May 26, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

BUT that goes for people who wear makeup everyday.. They're going to get used to seeing a prettier version of yourself so then, when you choose not to make any improvements (put makeup on), they're shocked and ask if you're sick,tired, etc.

But if they knew your natural self and only wear makeup on special occasions, they'll say you clean up nicely and they'll go back to not reacting to your natural self. Well, either that or they'll ask why you don't wear some all the time but if you decide not to wear any makeup, it's not gonna be the first time and there won't be any shock. Comprende? Lol

Pictures don't lie on May 28, 2014 @ 05:17 pm

When you look at this young girls photo's she really is much more attractive without make up and with very little make up. Why would she want to spoil her looks. Looking again at her photo's she is beautiful, doesn't need a lot of stuff on her face. Her everyday make up look is ok but I feel her full face'o'slap as she puts it does not makes her look better it makes her look worse. Sorry if that is hurtful but she should really look at the pictures again and see what I mean.

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