I think every female has noticed this phenomenon at some point in their life: men tend to notice women a bit more if their features are slightly enhanced…by make-up. I notice that when I go on my occasional morning jog with no make-up on, barely any guys will try to communicate with me. When I’m at the gym in the evenings after class, I have a bit of make-up on, and for some reason, males will try to come talk to me.

Another instance of this “cosmetic on/off” phenomenon occurs on days when I am hardcore studying in the library after sleepless nights when I tend not to have any sort of lipstick, eyeliner, or foundation on. My acne scars are showing, the shades of dark circles under my eyes are present, and my forehead wrinkles are visible. I do not mind this. This is my natural look and I am proud of it. But why is it that the days I am bereft of any modification, absolutely no guy will sit with me in the library? On days when I am well-rested, showered, and have my make-up on, males with come and occupy some of the vacant seats around me. I attract them with my red lips, and perhaps I repel them with my pale lips.

Why does this happen? I have the same amount of intelligence with or without make-up. I am the same person with or without make-up. I have the same memories, the same sense of humor, and the same sarcastic undertones in some of the words. I am the same person, the same soul, and the same human despite my disheveled and haggard appearance or my prim and proper look.

Perhaps this condition does not only apply to males, and I have only noticed it in them. Maybe it’s just human nature that we tend to approach those who seem clean and beautiful, as opposed to those who look like they just rolled out of bed. It’s just natural for us to judge people by their appearance; it’s an inherent ability that we possess. We tend to feel safer around those who look put together physically.

However, is it possible for us to evolve out of this behavior and thought process? Can we look past people’s physiognomy and actually try to explore their minds? Is that something that our generation could possibly accomplish and set as a trend? Quite possibly, yes. I believe we can do this…next time you see someone sitting alone, regardless of what they look like, just go up to them and talk to them. I try to do this in college and I have met many beautiful souls and amazing characters.

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With all the necessities that need to be purchased, it can be a headache to look at $40 dollar foundation. With college loans, unpaid internships, and the daily expenses of day-to-day life, the costs of beauty products can make it hard to pursue your love and passion, especially when you’re just starting a career. Though beauty is skin deep, makeup can be a fun way to express yourself. With all the different makeup products and brands available, figuring out what’s worth the splurge and what’s really a steal can be the trickiest game in the business.

Steal: Foundation

There are several noteworthy drugstore foundations that range from $10-13 dollars. They all provide full-coverage (but can be applied lightly if you don’t want an as-concealed face) without looking caked on, they can be applied with a brush or with your fingers, they have a slightly dewy finish allowing them to appear as natural as possible, and they have a good variety of shades available for drugstore foundations. My top three drugstore foundation finds and steals (in no particular order as to which is better) include:

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation: $9.79 at

Maybelline Superstay 24Hr Foundation: $10.39 at

L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation: $12.63

Splurge: Bronzer

Though you can purchase an inexpensive bronzer, it can be hard to find one that looks natural on your skin tone. Benefit Cosmetic’s Hoola Bronzing Powder can be purchased on their website for $28, and I promise it’s worth every penny! This bronzer works beautifully on my beyond pale skin in the wintertime and on my glowing summer tan. I believe that this bronzer is worth the splurge because not only does it look stunning on all completions, but it also lasts forever, even when used generously!

Steal: Lips

There are an endless amount of lip products that can be purchased from lipgloss to lip stain to lipstick to lip liner. My recommendation when it comes to getting the most for your money is Jordana’s 5 ½” Lipliner Pencil which can be purchased on their website for an incredible price of $1.49! This lip liner lasts for hours and has an amazing pigmentation. It can be worn alone or topped with a gloss and look just as glamorous either way. With their beautiful twenty-four available shades you’ll easily be able to build up your collection of colors without breaking the bank!

Splurge: Self-Tanner

Whether you want to avoid the damage from the sun in the summer or keep from being pasty white in the winter, sunless tanner does wonders! With so many available on the market now, it can be hard to figure out which sunless tanner is going to keep you from looking orange. Sun Goddess’ Sunless Tanning Lotion only needs to be applied once a week to maintain an even, beautiful glow. It doesn’t have a strong, lasting smell like many self-tanners do and has a green base that allows the tan to look natural rather than that deadly fake tan orange. You can find it on their website for $39. Though the price tag seems hefty, the bottle goes a long way for the money!

Steal: Mascara

With L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara, the name speaks for itself! This mascara gives you the appearance of having false lashes without them being too over dramatic, clumpy, or a hassle to put on! You can find this mascara for $7.16 on

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