The other day, we’re having a video shoot at work. This time, we actually hired a model/actress. At one point in the script she says, “My daughter’s car–” and I stopped her.
“Wait a minute, you don’t look old enough to have a daughter who drives.”
I was partly being nice, but I did think. “Remove the caked makeup from her face; then I’d guess she’d probably be about 38, right?” (Which I guess would make her 21 when she had her “daughter.” That’s plausible. I’m just not good at math.)
She told me she’s 33 and that she could’ve possibly had a daughter at 17 (for the video’s sake).
I told myself it was for pancake makeup for the video shoot. Surely she doesn’t wear makeup this thick all the time (my face itches just thinking about it). I’m sure she chisels it off every night before bed. Or maybe sleeps with makeup on – you know, like they do in the movies? (Don’t do that. It’s very bad for your skin.)
Later, a colleague and I were discussing whether she had a “mom” look. He goes, “Well, she’s, what? About 43 years old?”
43? 43! 43. How could he see such an age difference? That’s 10 years older than her actual age.
Seems to me like make-up doesn’t really “make you up.” It almost does the opposite.
According to this Harvard study, a woman appears more credible when she wears some makeup… but then untrustworthy when she wears too much.
So, yeah, studies prove, there is a line. Use it sparingly, ladies. Otherwise, you look gaga.