A study conducted by the Renfrew Center this week showed that nearly half of US women need makeup to feel good about themselves. The results of the study stated that 44% of women surveyed felt negative about their appearance when they weren’t wearing makeup.
The study found that 16 percent of women felt unattractive, 14 percent felt self-conscious and 14 percent felt naked without makeup.
Adrienne Ressler of the Renfrew Centre commented on the results saying, “Wearing makeup to enhance one’s appearance is normal in our society and often a rite of passage for young women. There is concern, however, when makeup no longer becomes a tool for enhancement but, rather, a security blanket that conceals negative feelings about one’s self-image and self-esteem.”
While the results may be troubling it is a sign of our times. Another study we told you about showed that women who wear more makeup are perceived as more honest and truth worthy by their co-workers. If we want women to feel better about themselves without makeup, we may need to change the way we think.