Home » Blog » To Pucker Up… Or Not: How Cosmetics Can Affect Your Relationships

To Pucker Up… Or Not: How Cosmetics Can Affect Your Relationships


Are you making the right makeup choices in order to find — and keep the one?

As a woman, it’s no surprise to you that just about every lady has an interesting relationship with makeup. You may have a daily routine with lipstick, eyeshadow or a magic concealer that you can’t go without. You may have a signature look that makes you feel confident. You may even hate it, but wear it for certain occasions for different reasons.

You may be surprised, but this tumultuous relationship with makeup actually influences love life. Is it for the better or worse?

1. Wear Eye Shadow? You’ll Get More Messages From Men Online
A lot of people romanticize eyes, saying they’re the windows to the soul. Perhaps this is why men prefer eye shadow on a woman more than any other kind of makeup. According to Zoosk, women received 139 percent more messages from male users once they posted a picture of themselves wearing eye shadow.

2. Red Lips Will Make Him Stare.
Sometimes you want to branch out to different lip shades especially when they are on trend. Orange is definitely a different take on a bright lip, nude is great with a smoky eye, but in the end the go-to color is red. Turns out men aren’t at all tired of red.

According to a study from Manchester University, men will keep staring at a woman with red lips for 7.3 seconds, and pink comes in at second by being able to hold a man’s attention for 6.7 seconds. Who knew red lipstick had mind controlling powers?

Check out YourTango for relationship advice

3. Your Undying Love For Makeup Could Come Between You Two.
Although some guys dig makeup, most end up saying how much they dislike it and prefer “the natural look,” however who can trust this comment when most of the “natural” models men drool over are covered with foundation?

Well, it turns out that if it really comes down to your love for makeup or the significant other then things could take a turns for the worse. A new study found that 57 percent of women would break up with their boyfriend rather than break up with their makeup bag. So don’t pressure us, guys!

4. Men Want You Wearing Less Though
A study done by Bangor University found that men prefer women who wear 40 percent fewer cosmetics along with women. So keep that in mind the next time you open your makeup bag.

5. It May Make Men Respect You More.
According to a study from Procter & Gamble, wearing makeup makes you seem more competent. That means you should probably wear a little makeup to your first job interview and first date, because who wants to date someone who is incompetent?

6. Your Blushed Or Bronzed Cheeks May Be Turning Him Away.
A lot of ladies love using blush and bronzer. After all contouring with bronzer to get high cheekbones without surgery is amazing! But it turns out men pay the least attention to blushed or bronzed cheeks, according to the study done by Zoosk. If you are still dating and wanting to attract a man then it’s probably better to focus on your eye makeup and lip color.

7. Those Lipstick Kisses Could Be Lethal.
It may look good, but a lot of makeup out there contains things that you definitely don’t want in your body. The FDA completed a study where they found more than 400 lipsticks contain lead. Drugstore brands and high-end labels had about .25ppm (parts per million) to 7.19 ppm of lead content. So if you wear a signature color every day, it may be time to switch to a natural brand.

This guest article originally appeared on Easy On The Lipstick: 7 Ways Makeup Affects Your Love Life.

To Pucker Up… Or Not: How Cosmetics Can Affect Your Relationships

2 comments: View Comments / Leave a Comment
APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2018). To Pucker Up… Or Not: How Cosmetics Can Affect Your Relationships. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 8 Jul 2018 (Originally: 25 Jul 2014)
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 8 Jul 2018
Published on Psych All rights reserved.