Did you know that women who are perceived as “good-looking” receive higher pay than women who are perceived as “plain” or “homely”? As much as 20% more for the same job, according to this study. And outside of work? It would not surprise me if something like that happened everywhere. Well, each one of us has the looks we were given, the question is how to make the most of them. That study was about men as well as women, but we women have a lot more choices than men do for changing our look!
There are different ways to improve your appearance but many of them – like diet, exercise, and surgery – are expensive or risky or take a lot of time. Why take chances? Why wait? You can improve your life dramatically right now for very little cost simply by learning how to make your skin soft and beautiful and to use cosmetics and fragrances effectively. You will see the difference it makes immediately! And then just watch how doors begin to open for you.
When applied correctly, makeup enhances your own natural beauty, it calls attention to your best features and it can conceal or deemphasize any flaws. It helps you to project your own sense of yourself. When it is done tastefully and skillfully – along with wardrobe, hair, and nails – it reveals the competence, attention to detail, pride, and sense of self that are the mark of a modern successful woman.
The fact is, we receive more respect – not just from men but from other women too – when we make ourselves look good and show our self confidence. When we dress well, take care of our hair, and apply makeup skillfully, it affects the behavior of those around us in a positive way. And that makes us feel better and increases our confidence and self-esteem. And that gains us more respect, which makes us feel and look even better, and the cycle repeats. You’ve heard of the vicious circle? This is the virtuous circle… The Cycle of Beauty!
As a woman, you can vary your appearance from day to day in ways that men could never hope to. You can change your hair style or color, your outfit, your makeup, your nails, your entire look. This builds suspense! It keeps them interested!
When you feel beautiful, you are beautiful! A good appearance shows that you respect yourself. When people see that, they feel respect for you too. Of course it is possible to respect yourself without making yourself look good, but when you take the trouble to fix your hair and your nails, put on makeup, and dress well, that also shows your respect for others. And when you give respect, you get respect.