What Your Beauty Routine Says About You, According to a Psychologist
Your morning beauty routine may feel mindless, like you’re just going through the motions to get from point A (your cosy, warm bed) to point B (leaving the house). But the unique way you approach your skincare regimen, makeup application and hair styling can say a lot about who you are, how you like to be perceived and how you approach life in general. We put six different beauty personalities to Dr. Vivian Diller, psychologist and author of Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change (£13), to let us in on what they reveal about the women behind the routine. Keep scrolling to identify your beauty personality and what it says about you.
You are inspired by social media and the celebrities that fill your feeds. You love to experiment and try a different look every day.
Dr. Diller says: You're a woman who may be more of a risk taker. Your style isn't fixed or rigid—you're more willing than most to be playful with makeup and hair. But you may struggle with your sense of identity, wondering if you really know who you are, and you may seek a style in the future that you can call your own. Most chameleons tire of having others (even celebs) decide what's in or out. If you pay attention to how you feel, not only to how you look, you'll notice that certain styles are more in sync with your own character and others will respond positively to that.
You're more into skincare than cosmetics. You will happily spend time on a Korean-style 11-step morning routine than go out makeup-free.
Dr. Diller says: You probably had challenging skin at some time during your younger years, perhaps having struggled with oily or dry skin, acne or other dermatological issues. You've probably grown to recognise the importance of healthy, good-looking skin that starts from the inside out. While you make skincare a priority, you still care how you look, but you're more likely to seek out products that provide both health and aesthetic benefits. You may have built your identity around assets that go underneath the surface of your appearance—your talent, intelligence and personality—ones that are more reliable sources of self-esteem throughout life.
You don't have a routine; you use whatever products are in the bathroom at the time (even if they belong to your flatmate or other half!). You own the basics: BB cream, mascara, lip balm.
Dr. Diller says: I find this approach can reveal two polar opposite kinds of women. Sometimes this reflects a self-confident woman who puts in little effort to enhance her appearance because she knows she can carry off looking good without much work. But this may also be a woman who has given up on caring about her looks out of frustration or lack of self-esteem. This woman can feel rebellious about the burden cosmetics and fashion has placed on her. So it really depends on what this kind of woman is thinking—I look good enough without trying, or I'll never look great no matter how much I try.
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You set your alarm extra early to perfect your hair and makeup for the day. Your makeup bag is brimming with every limited-edition beauty product out there.
Dr. Diller says: You are probably a woman who likes to be in control. You may not only want your hair and makeup to be just right, you're likely a perfectionist in other ways. You are a woman who probably studied well ahead of time for exams at school, and prepares and double-checks your PowerPoints when presenting at work. You are also hard on yourself when things don't go as planned, but you do your best to avoid those mishaps and that includes your approach to beauty.
You book in for a blow-dry every few days; schedule weekly manicures and you’d definitely have someone do your makeup daily if your bank manager would allow it. You always head to a beauty counter to get someone else to do your makeup for nights out.
Dr. Diller says: Again, this approach is reflective of two kinds of women. First, there are women who lack confidence in their own ability to enhance their appearance. They may not have been taught by their mums or friends how to put on makeup or style their hair. Or they may just have placed little emphasis on being competent in this part of their lives. On the other hand, they may not care that much about their appearance, since other things take priority—so they have others take care of it for them. But there are also women who care a lot about their looks and have gotten to a place in their lives when they feel entitled to some pampering. They too may be busy—with careers, other interests and children—so taking time for themselves is squeezed between everything and everyone else. They like being pampered. It's one of the few times they can focus on themselves, and having others care for them feels like a guilty pleasure—indulgent and delightful.
You love sleeping, so you will often leave the house with towel-dried hair. You have no qualms about doing your makeup on the morning commute to work (you just ignore those sideways glances from your fellow passengers).
Dr. Diller says: You care about your appearance, want to look and feel good, but you're not organised enough to manage your own beauty grooming schedule (and possibly other aspects of your life as well). As we mature, we learn that taking time for ourselves is important; which includes going to bed early enough so that we get a healthy amount of sleep; giving ourselves enough time for our morning routines and leaving the house in time to have a relaxed commute to work. You need to remember that calm, healthy habits contribute more to good looking skin and hair than almost any product out there. With that in mind, try to slow down your morning routine and make time to care for herself.
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