LOS ANGELES, CA - A psychology study by the University of Stirling has found that wearing make-up changes perceptions of status depending on who is making the judgment -- males or females. Geez, can’t a girl just wear a statement lip without getting judged? Of course not.
Dr. Viktoria Mileva, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Stirling, said, "Men think women with makeup are more ‘prestigious,’ while women think women with make-up are more dominant.”
Dr. Mileva did follow-up studies as to why women might feel that women with make-up are more dominant, and it looks like it might be related to jealousy and threat potential. Women rating women with make-up said they would be more jealous of them, thought they were more promiscuous, and would be more attractive to men. So ladies? How can we use this new information to our advantage?
Dr. Mileva explains, “At a job interview, knowing whether the hiring committee will consist of men or women might influence a female candidate’s decision about wearing make-up. Whether the interviewers will view her as attractive, dominant, and/or prestigious can affect her and the interviewers' actions and perhaps the outcome of the interview itself. Thus, understanding the potential implications of cosmetics use are important not only for the wearer, but also for the perceiver.”
Man is it hard to be a woman! We say just wear whatever makes you feel confident!