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Addicted To Makeup!

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Posted on 16 Sep, 2020
Addicted To Makeup!

Refizsing to be seen by others without makeup on shows low self-esteem – common in addiction.

You’d label Pete Doherty an addict ahead of Christina Aguilera, right? But the latter also has an unhealthy dependency – on makeup.
The star is rarely (if ever) seen without red lips and heavy foundation, and celeb makeup artists say getting her onto the red carpet without what they call ‘excessive’ makeup is near-impossible. ‘Her makeup team will be done and she’ll look great, but she’ll see herself in the mirror and say “More!” She’s a naturally beautiful girl. But she just doesn’t see it that way,‘ one insider told Life & Style Weekly.

She’s not alone. A study conducted by UK health-and-beauty retailer Superdrug revealed that a third of the 3000 women polled wouldn’t leave the house without.
makeup on. Are these women trying to cover up more than just uneven skin tone?

They could be, say experts. Feeling so insecure without makeup on that you refuse to be seen by others shows low self-esteem  common in addiction.
Just as a child won’t let go of a blankie, makeup can become something an adult uses to feel secure and serve as a mask behind which they can hide,’ says Durban clinical psychologist Sherona Rawat.

While makeup addiction may appear innocent, it can actually have sinister roots and become a significantly pathological condition if left unattended.


What separates a woman who loves makeup from one who’s dependent on it?
For something to be considered an addiction two criteria need to be met, says Cape Town clinical psychologist Sheldon Brandt. Firstly, the behavior or substance use needs to be out of an individuals control – they can’t stop even if they want to. Secondly, at least one area of their life – work, relationships or emotional well being – needs to be affected negatively by their behavior or substance use.

If you find yourself in distress without your makeup bag fully stocked and with you at all times, or lie and manipulate to get your hands on products, you may have a problem.

Like any addiction, a dependency on makeup can take its toll. “It takes emotional energy away from things that should have priority and can negatively influence your personal relationships,” says Brandt.

Addressing Addiction

If friends and family regularly comment on your obsessive makeup behavior, take what they say seriously. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether or not you may need professional help:

  1. Can you go days without wearing makeup? Brandt suggests setting yourself the challenge of not wearing makeup for a period of time.
  2. Do your friends have the same habits as you? Ask them what they do when it comes to makeup to better gauge what’s normal, says Brandt.
  3. Is your need to be made up impacting your life negatively? Do you experience internal distress when you forget your makeup bag at home?
  4. Are you prepared to go to extreme lengths to ensure people don’t see you without your heavy makeup?

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