Brinton Parker, a 21-year-old senior at the University of California, Davis, noticed that her peers — which she calls the “#selfie generation” — were obsessed with critiquing people’s looks.So she decided to conduct a very interesting experiment. During a single week, Brinton went to school wearing three distinctly different make-up looks — no make-up at all, moderate and heavy — in an attempt to gauge the ways it altered people’s treatment of her.
The images below will show you how Brinton’s look changed over the week and the captions tell you the changes in people’s reactions to it. However, Brinton noted, the way people saw her would not affect the way she sees herself:
My peers’ opinions are just that: opinions. What people think about my face is irrelevant, because my beauty regimen is what makes me feel good about myself.
Now here are the photos from the experiment.
1. On day one, Brinton wore absolutely no make-up and found that a lot of people said she looked ‘exhausted’ and assumed she’d had a ‘rough weekend’.
2. The moderate make-up she wore on day two had the most positive reactions, and Brinton says it’s closest to the look she usually goes for.
3. On day three, she wore heavy make-up, leading many people to assume she was getting ready for a special occasion, like a prom night or a play.
4. Day one.
5. Day two.
6. Day three.
7. Brinton’s three different looks side-by-side.
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