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Thursday, May 8, 2014

The make-up dilemma

herworldPLUS | Phoenix Leow | Thursday, May 8, 2014

Almost every morning after my daily ritual of a shower, I face my dressing table and stare at the mountain of products I've accumulated.

From foundations to mascaras, they all bear the same similarity - used a couple of times and then neglected altogether.

During the morning staring competition, I ask myself the same question - is my skin good enough to go out without wearing any make-up?

If I'm lucky and my skin is great, I sit on this question for a couple more minutes. But more often than I like to admit, I succumb and grab the foundation as a sign of surrender.

I like to believe that I'm not alone in this. A couple of girlfriends I spoke to swear they cannot go outdoors without the bare minimum - foundation, eyeliner, blusher, and the must-have eyebrow pencil. But why? Why is it so difficult to step out of the house with the face we were born with?

I believe I speak for many women when I say make-up makes us feel complete. It hides our flaws and accentuates our beauty.

Plus, we are then always photo-ready when the occasion calls for it.

So it was a really stark surprise when my boyfriend (of all people) sent me an article about a study that claimed men prefer women who wear less make-up. According to science, it seems he is actually right.

An article published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology found that men preferred women with less make-up on.

The study gave 44 women different types of make-up, and got them to doll up as if they were headed out for a night on the town.

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