9 Advantages and Disadvantages Of Wearing Makeup

May 08, 2017

With or without makeup, everyone has a unique sense of individuality and we are all beautiful in our own special way. 

However, we must not overlook the fact that physical appearance and how we take care of ourselves plays an important role in how we are perceived by others.

To help you decide if wearing makeup is right for you we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of wearing makeup for beauty’s sake.

Advantages of wearing makeup

A study by PLOS found that wearing makeup has its advantages in the workplace and helps female employees get ahead. The introduction of the study states that:

“First impressions based on facial appearance occur automatically, are difficult to overcome, and impact decision-making. The strong motivational influence of facial beauty has been shown in studies of labor markets suggesting that there is a ”beauty premium” and “plainness penalty” such that attractive individuals are more likely to be hired, promoted, and to earn higher salaries than unattractive individuals.”

Here are some advantages to wearing makeup based on the main argument of this study.

1. Makeup helps create a favorable first impression

During the first few seconds when you meet someone new, they are deciding if they can trust you and if you are nice based on how you present yourself and how you make them feel.

We only get one chance to make a great first impression, so it’s important that we make ourselves presentable. Whether we are interviewing for the job we always wanted or meeting someone for a first date, there is no denying that our overall physical appearance plays a role in creating a favorable first impression. 

An attractive physical appearance can even give us a better opportunity in getting the new job we always wanted since it signals that we are willing to put in work to maintain our appearance.

2. Makeup helps boost our self-esteem and confidence

Looking attractive by applying makeup is important because if we feel good about ourselves we exude self-confidence. When people tell us that we look amazing and give us compliments that we did our make up well or that we dressed well, it raises our self-esteem. 

If we make applying makeup a habit, our confidence will be boosted greatly and we feel good about ourselves.

3. Makeup shows that we care about ourselves 

When we show that we care about ourselves, people pay more attention to us. Showing others that we put in effort to make ourselves presentable will attract others to show interest in us and ultimately makes us more likable and approachable.  

4. It's fun to explore our makeup skills

Applying makeup is an art, and like any art, it is fun to express who we are as explore our creative skills.  

Putting makeup on your face is like painting a canvas and creating a beautiful masterpiece. Your make up tools are your paintbrushes, and your eyeshadows, concealers, and lipsticks are the colorful palettes.

Disadvantages of wearing makeup

Here we look at the disadvantages of wearing makeup. While everything has its pros and cons we thought we’d share some data to help you make your decision about whether wearing makeup is right for you.

1. You will spend a lot of money on makeup

A Mint study indicates that an average woman spends about $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime.

When we get into a new hobby, it can be quite an investment since we have to spend money to get the look we want to achieve.

You may want to use foundation and concealers if your skin needs covering up or you may want to explore the various lipstick and eyeshadow colors. Likewise, you may need to invest in good quality makeup brushes.

2. You will spend a lot of time applying makeup

Aside from spending money, you will spend a lot of time to put on makeup. A survey conducted by Today reveals the average woman spend two weeks in a year on their appearance.

There will be times where you will feel like you have succeeded with your look for the day, and there will be times you will feel frustrated that you are not able to achieve the look you want you want quickly. 

3. Some makeup products may cause an allergic reaction

A study by Skintelligence found that 1 in 4 people are allergic to ingredients in skincare.

You never know what type of makeup works for your skin unless you try it since make up works differently for each person. Sometimes your skin cannot handle a certain product and may cause an allergic reaction. This might mean you’ll be spending a lot of time experimenting with different products and observing your skin’s reaction, which may be a hassle.

4. You may be In constant worry about your appearance due to the obsessive selfie culture

A Frames Direct study indicates that millennials dedicate one hour each week to selfies.

Once you get attached to wearing makeup, you might end up addicted to looking good all of the time.You might get carried away and be in constant stress about having to keep up with beauty rituals. While it might be tempting to always want to look good, remind yourself to strike a balance and not get too carried away with how you look.

5. People will look at you differently when they see you without makeup

When you start putting makeup on, you may look so different that our friends don’t recognize you without makeup anymore and they may treat you differently because they are not used to your new look. 

Once you make it a habit to look your best, being seen without makeup might be a shock to your friends.


Makeup has the power to make you feel confident and boost your self-esteem. When you make yourself presentable you will give others a great first impression, and show them that you value yourself as well as learn more about how creative you can be.

However, wearing makeup can be a major investment of your time, money, and effort.  

Enjoy the process of discovering your looks if you do decide to embark on this journey into beauty and wellness.

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