Kenneth L. Smoke Colloquium - Russell

Psychological Studies of Makeup

Richard Russell, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

Self-adornment is among the oldest and most widespread of human behaviors. From the wide variety of forms that self-adornment can take, the practice of facial cosmetics is among the most widespread. Makeup is known to increase facial attractiveness but it remains unclear how this happens. In this talk I will present research showing that makeup accentuates several of the known visual factors of beauty, including perceived sexual dimorphism, youth, and health. I propose that makeup increases attractiveness through the accentuation of these visual factors of beauty, and that the accentuation of attractiveness is one of the key functions of makeup, along with providing visual clues to identity.

Monday, April 15 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

McCreary Hall 115 Bowen Auditorium

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Lectures & Presentations

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Psychology Department
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