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The article Cosmetics: They influence more than Caucasian Female Facial Attractiveness involves a study that aimed to find out if Caucasian women could be judged varyingly depending on the kind of cosmetics and makeup they use. In the study, men and women’s opinions were collected on their preferred choice between portraits of the Caucasian women with make and cosmetics on and without (Nash et al., 2006). The research aimed at determining the effect of cosmetics and makeup on women beyond the facial attractiveness to other aspects such as mood and confidence.

First, the manner in which the study was conducted was satisfactory as it involved opinions from both sexes hence variety. The women who were subjects of the study had two images of them taken, one with and the other without makeup. 152 men and 171 women were then asked to select the best image between the pair of images. In so doing, the research took into consideration the opinions of various varied people and sexes hence attaining high believability among its audience (Nash et al., 2006). The research showed that women who wore makeup and cosmetics were thought to be healthier and wealthier than their counterparts who did not use makeup. The research also found out that with the use of makeup, women can change and manipulate other people’s perception of them. This is because makeup boosts their confidence and self-esteem as they don’t have to worry about their looks. 

This research is convincing and would make sense to the reader. Vance et al., (2013) attributes this to the chronological flow of the research. The article outlines the method used during the research and the exact number of the people used in the study. The authors of this article achieved their desired goal. They were able to collect and analyze the perception of people on makeup and determine those cosmetics and makeup can boost a woman’s mood. According to the research, women felt happier and in control while they had their makeups on compared to while they did not.

This article, however, limited its research to only Caucasian women thereby failing to determine if its findings cuts across all women or only applies to Caucasian ladies. The article could do better if it had included all races and colors of women to determine if the effect is specific to Caucasian ladies or applies to all ladies (Vance et al., 2013). The article in limiting itself to Caucasian ladies leaves room for speculation that the research may be a general trend amongst all ladies.


This article has adequately captured the process and the findings of the research. The article provides for varied opinions on the subject matter. The varied opinions after analysis provide the reader with satisfactory information. The article would achieve conviction among its readers due to its detailed nature and its provision of the varied perceptions of the subjects who participated in the study. The article, however, limits itself to a small scope of Caucasian women only leaving the readers wondering if the results of the finding apply to Caucasian women only all cuts across all females. 

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  1. Nash, R., Fieldman, G., Hussey, T., Lévêque, J. L., & Pineau, P. (2006). Cosmetics: They influence more than Caucasian female facial attractiveness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36(2), 493-504.
  2. Vance, D. E., Talley, M., Azuero, A., Pearce, P. F., & Christian, B. J. (2013). Conducting an article critique for a quantitative research study: Perspectives for doctoral students and other novice readers. Nursing: Research & Reviews, 3, 67-75.
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