In an age where we all obsess over our looks one blogger and student, Brinton Parker, decided to use her face as a social experiment to show how much make-up affects the way people respond to women.
As part of a feature for Bustle.com, the 21-year-old says that she "turned [her] face into a social experiment, wearing a different level of makeup to school every day". She then documented all the reactions from her peers.
NO MAKE UP
On the first day Brinton went completely make-up free (image, left) despite the fact that she was apprehensive as she knew she couldn't cover her darker circles under her eyes.
The comments she received included “Rough weekend?” from a chap in her first lecture, she also got “You look like you could use this!” from the Barista at her college campus coffee shop.
Day two (image, right) meant going for a natural look, using some make-up, including blusher and covering up blemishes with concealer. She also used mascara, a brightening eye pencil and lip balm.
This day warranted the most positive responses during Brinton's day, but, interestingly, she only got comments from other women.
Most said that they loved her mascara or her blusher and one said that she looked really pretty on that day too.
The final day (image, left) was Brinton's time to turn up the glam factor and put on a full face of makeup.
For this look she went for contouring, foundation, bronzer, highlighter and setting spray, and was met with some interesting comments, mostly from men.
Someone in her class asked her if she was "ready to party", while a male cashier at Target (the US version House of Fraser) checked her out and asked her if she was going to prom. But one woman did tell her she looked fierce.
To round off the piece, Brinton reflected on all three faces and realised that she didn't mind that so many people wanted to comment on her face, because it's actually what she feels comfortable with that matters.