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Does Wearing Lipstick Make You Smarter? Harvard Study Seems To Think So

You know that wise, old saying “boys are from Jupiter cause they’re more stupider.” Well perhaps they’re stupid because they’re from Jupiter or perhaps it’s because they’re not wearing lipstick.

If you’re like my boyfriend, chances are if I’m wearing anything on my lips that’s not Chapstick I’m not getting any kisses. It’s like I have the plague.


But those tables may be turning as a new Harvard study found that those who wear makeup can feel smarter, and can lead to better grades.

Skeptical? Let’s see the results.

According to researchers from Harvard Medical School and the University of Chieti, Italy the ‘lipstick effect’ is a psychological phenomenon in which wearing cosmetics can make an individual feel a sense of overall enhancement in self-esteem, attitude, and personality. And according to the research, it was discovered that female students who wear makeup cognitively benefit from this phenomenon.

The effect of makeup even proved to be a better predictor for higher grades than mood boosters like listening to positive music.

In the study, the team sorted 186 female undergraduate students into groups and gave them a simulated multiple choice university examination about general psychology.

Prior, the groups undertook different mood-influencing tasks, including listening to a ‘positive music excerpt,’ coloring a drawing of a human face and applying makeup.

The researchers – led by Rocco Palumbo, a Cognitive Neuroscience PhD at Harvard Medical School – hypothesized  the makeup group would experience the greatest lift in positive feelings and therefore outperform the other two groups on the test.

“In line with our predictions, we found a significant effect of make-up on a multiple-choice test performance, with scores being significantly higher compared to those obtained after listening to positive music and coloring a face,” the researchers wrote in an academic paper published in Cogent Psychology.

Of course, many people find this to be sexist and untrue, and a perpetuating stigmatization of the gender bias. What do you think?

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