Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Make-up, scientists believe, interferes with the most basic and instinctive lines of communication between male and female.
It masks the natural feminine glow which, through centuries of evolution, has been the signal to a man that a woman is fertile.
....They found that make-up could improve the appearance of the less attractive woman, thus confusing the instincts of the male into thinking she was more fertile than she actually was.
But on the good-looking woman, it did not improve her chances of attracting a partner. She would be just as successful relying on her natural beauty.
Alas, their research methods seem a little iffy:
The researchers took 56 female students, photographed them over four weeks and also monitored their levels of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which are key indicators of female fertility.
They used a computer to morph faces into composite photographs of women with high fertility and others of those with low, then showed them to a panel of men and women and asked them to say how attractive each woman was.
The high-hormone composites were universally preferred, thus proving the link between beauty and fertility. They then showed the panel the true faces of the volunteers, some of whom wore make-up and others who did not.
Among those not wearing make up, the ones with higher levels of oestrogen were significantly more likely to be considered attractive.
...Among those with make-up, the pattern was lost and the results far more random, suggesting that the cosmetics acted as a leveller, cancelling out the natural advantage of the attractive volunteers.
This, however, is a much more reliable indicator that make-up is not all it's cracked up to be:
In a poll of 10,000 single men, 68 per cent preferred natural beauty to women who were plastered in cosmetics.
posted by Sydney on 11/02/2005 07:19:00 AM 0 comments