Magazines and television shows proclaim “natural beauty is best,” but with celebrities attending red carpet events with a full face of the stuff, do we really believe it?
Even the seemingly flawless Katy Perry sang: “You think I’m pretty without any make-up on,” but when husband Russell Brand tweeted a picture of his wife make-up free, the photo was swiftly removed from Twitter, prompting the thought that maybe Ms Perry isn’t quite as comfortable bare-faced as she claims.
When fellow Lifestyle editor, Kate, and I sat down to talk about this, we agreed that most people probably prefer the natural look, but that maybe the ‘natural look,’ isn’tone created with the least make-up. We decided to test out our theory.
Kate (voluntarily I might add) had her picture taken with varying degrees of make-up on.
With photos of looks ranging from no make-up at all to a statement red lip, and subtle natural make-up to a heavy foundation, false eyelash-ed eye, contoured cheek glamour model rip off, I headed around the Union, asking in which she looked more attractive.
Lots of students and one over-complicated spreadsheet later, we had our results.
As we predicted, the photo of Kate with no make-up on came bottom, and the photo with natural make-up, came top.
Despite claims that being covered make-up is not a good look; people generally thought that a little is better than none at all.
History student Em
ily Spencer voted this look top. “She looks fresh faced. I personally think less is more,” she said.
Interestingly, the ‘no make-up’ look was rated more highly by females than males.
The glamour look came second for both the boys and girls, but by a much narrower margin for the boys.
Politics and Economics student Josh Hardy reckoned that he wouldn’t even notice how much make-up a girl was wearing.
“To be honest I wouldn’t notice little details of girl’s make-up,” he said. “I just notice if she looks good or bad.”
Interestingly, the ‘statement look’ ranked it fairly low, despite being very on trend for Spring 2011.
In fact, generally, males thought Kate was wearing more make-up in this picture than in the glamour look.
It seemed that individuals who didn’t wear make-up themselves only noticed the make-up that “stood out” rather than enhanced features.
The consensus: looking natural is best. That doesn’t mean you should always play it safe though, sometimes it’s fun to stand out, but as Rachel Roberts, who studies English Literature, said: “If you wear loads of make-up all of the time, it doesn’t make as much impact when you want it to.”
Well Rachel, we think we agree.