scary statistics about makeup / what are you afraid of?

This survey of 3,000 women produced some disheartening results about how makeup still runs the lives of women.

  • One of of five boyfriends have never seen their girlfriends without makeup- not even in bed.
  • 41% of the women polled said they would be mortified if a colleague saw them without makeup.
  • One of of five said they would not let even close girlfriends see them without makeup.
  • One third would not even consider leaving home unarmed with a full grooming kit—including lip balm, eyeliner, deodorant, and hairbrush.
  • 71% said they are much prettier with makeup on.

What are we afraid of?

Is it the airbrushed faces we are bombarded with? The magazines in the checkout line, the billboards, the commercials? Why are we afraid to let the world—our best friends, our lovers—see our true faces?

Society shames women about their bodies, about their natural appearance. Women are ashamed to be seen without makeup, yet men are unafraid to show their true faces. Women are taught that there is something wrong with the way they look naturally. They are taught that the hair on their bodies is disgusting. Yet men are unashamed of their hair. Society is disgusted by a woman’s gray hair and wrinkles as she ages. Yet a man is still admired despite—maybe even because of—the signs of his maturity. (“‘The two most attractive men around today are Hugh Grant and George Clooney. And when they smile, they have those wrinkles and they look great. You don’t think, ‘Ugh.’ You think, ‘He looks wonderful.”” BBC news)

If you wear makeup every day—if you would be embarrassed to go to the office or out to dinner with no makeup on—I have a challenge for you. Tomorrow, use one less product. Skip the mascara, or use a lip balm instead of the lipstick you wear everyday. Do it for a week, or a month. Get used to seeing your new face in the mirror. A face that is one step closer to the real you. When you get used to yourself, stop using another product. Take it one step at a time.

There’s nothing wrong with makeup. Just as there is nothing wrong with wearing a dress if you feel like it instead of a t-shirt and jeans. What’s wrong is when you need to use it to feel right. To feel like yourself. That is not your face you are used looking at in the mirror every day. That is the face society gave you—the face society approves of and wants you to have. Wear your own face.



  1. March 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    It’s funny, this is all so true, but it seems to me women tend to give themselves higher standards. I will wake up in the morning and throw on jeans and a t-shirt, and he will call me beautiful. I prepare for twenty minutes for my concert attire and he won’t say anything. I think, in addition to a problem with society and images, it’s that women are trying too hard to be perfect, and not finding an amazing, fantastic relationship with men. There are lovers out there who will tell you that you’re more beautiful without make-up, and it feels great, but women have to go and give them a chance to say so. The fault is on society, and us. We have let them control how we think about ourselves.

    And, funnily enough, all of the most gorgeous girls in my school do not wear makeup at all, and men drool all over them. They’re no different than you or me. But, something about the confidence to walk around unmasked is incredibly attractive.

    • dreamingiris said,

      March 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks for your comment! I like this statement: “The fault is on society, and us. We have let them control how we think about ourselves.” That’s so true! I used to wear makeup every day, but I’ve won back my confidence in my own face over time. Now I go to work without makeup if I feel like it. I have fun with makeup- it’s art to me. But I don’t feel self-conscious without it like I used to.

  2. Julie said,

    November 13, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Do you have the official website where the results of the survey have been posted? I’m doing a research paper and I’d love to include these statistics.

  3. December 28, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Exactly why I made these videos.

    Please help me get the word out. We need to work together so women will understand how crucial it is to feel comfortable in your own skin! Thank you guys!


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