There’s something about having a fully made up face that takes my confidence up a notch! I enjoy glamming up my look with foundation, blush, shadow, bronzer lipstick, gloss, mascara, and the works.  But as product obsessed as I am, I don’t wear makeup every day, and even when I’m bare-faced, I’m still pretty over the top in the confidence department! (Yes, I love myself, but shouldn’t everyone?)

There are some cosmetic companies that have conducted studies with results that claim women’s social interaction, self-esteem, and overall well-being are improved after using beauty products.

Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, and it varies with every individual. While there are others who wouldn’t go a day without applying just about every item in their makeup bags to their faces, there are others who would rather not.

One of my good girlfriends feels less attractive when wearing makeup. On the rare occasions I see her with a fully made up face, she describes herself as “clownish” or “overly done.” She’s a very pretty girl without makeup, and the most she consistently wears is eyeliner and lip gloss. Her take on beauty is less is more, and she’s happy with that.

But there are different strokes for different folks. I don’t see anything wrong with wearing makeup to boost confidence, but I do find it disturbing if it’s the primary source of a person’s happiness and self-esteem.

Clutchettes, what’s your take on things? Does wearing makeup boost your confidence?

–Margaret Francois

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  • Name Withheld

    @ That Girl, I agree. I use concealer to hide my dark circles but I love makeup. I’m crazy for a gel line above my lids, concealed eyes and a nude lip, love it.

  • xoxojoannexoxo

    confident? more sophisticated, yes. with and without makeup i’m confident but i feel that makeup provides a subtle elegance (when done tastefully) that going bare faced doesn’t always provide. for instance, dark circles aren’t necessarily something that pairs well with an evening gown. catch my drift?