I was the first to comment, and I put (I made a typo and made a second comment below it):
“Wow the average woman spends $100 per month on beauty? Does that include clothes? Because that seems like a ton of money.
I consider spending on beauty an investment and a necessity. I don’t feel comfortable without makeup. I don’t wear a ton, just a little foundation and blush, but if I don’t wear blush, I constantly get asked if I’m sick or if I ever sleep.”
I do think $100 a month (for just makeup) is a lot. I think someone else commented on the Daily Worth article that this includes plastic surgery too, but I’m not sure. I do spend a lot of money on looking nice, and I do see where this article is coming from. If I don’t look prepared at work, then people would probably think that I’m not. I wouldn’t say I’m superficial though. I literally look like I’m dieing when I don’t wear blush.
Now if beauty also includes hair, then I kind of understand how you might get to $100, but that still seems kind of like a lot. I don’t buy a ton of makeup because I like to invest in pieces that will last me around half a year, and I don’t really need anything too crazy or special.
What do you think about the study/article? What’s your view on beauty?
Carrie Smith says
I think I spend about $75 a month on beauty. That includes a haircut/color every 2 months and any makeup, nails etc…I don't wear a lot of makeup either, some of my products are just expensive because I like really good quality. I only wear foundation, blush, mascara.
I don't think I spend nearly that much a month on beauty! I get chemical peels, so if that counts then I guess I do. But make-up wise I'm pretty low maintenance!
make-up wise i'm low maintenance because i try to stick with drugstore products. however getting my hair done is about $130 every 2-3 months (haircut, highlights, base color, style). i think it's worth it to me.
I spend way more than $100 a month I think. A partial foil costs me about $120 and that is every 2 months, and when I get a full foil or a hair cut that adds on significantly as well. Then I get about 1 pedicure and 2 manicures a month which adds up to about $70. A lot of my make up does last awhile, but I feel like I am generally picking up something new monthly, and definitely buying things like hairspray on a regular basis. But I think it is worth it, I like to be well groomed and put together.
Newlyweds on a Budge says
I realize that it sucks, but I also recognize it as almost a necessity. I don't spend $100 a month though…no way.
I'm lucky if I spend $100 in a YEAR on beauty. I wear a little makeup and it lasts a looooong time; I cut my own hair, I get the occasional pedicure but do my own mostly. I bet my 21 yr. old daughter spends $100/month though. Different generations, different priorities.
Since we have been traveling (and not working which makes a huge difference) I have spent very little on style and beauty stuff. If I was working it would be way more because you are right, you have to put up some type of appearance or people will judge you in a negative way. p.s. After paying $180 at the salon the first time I found a few grey hairs, I taught my husband how to color my hair–and even how to highlight it with a complementary color and squares of aluminum foil!!
My money, my life says
The article is pretty sparse. I glanced the abstract of the actual research paper, the article presented a very scaled down, simplistic version of the research paper, which was about much more than makeup. Let's be fair, a well-groomed, well dressed man would probably be perceived as more competent too. The linkage between appearance and perception of their competence doesn't just apply to women.Anyway, I used to spend a lot on makeup when I first got into the online beauty community (watching youtube videos, following beauty blogs etc.) But now my craze has died down and I have gathered a stash of quality items, so I think I spend around $25-50 per month on beauty. I probably spend another 50 bucks on average per month on hair. My wardrobe is a much bigger money sucker.
Little Lamb says
I'm more like Jane in that I wonder if I spend $100 a year. I just got my hair cut for the first time in a year a few weeks ago. It cost under $20 an that was with a $5 tip. Im in the military and wear my hair in a bun everyday though. I sometimes wear mascara and eyeliner but that's it. I finally broke down and used my drug store points to buy some dye to cover the greys that are showing. It was free and I still picked the sale brand that was $6.99. I might spend a bit more when I'm debt free but I can't ever see it being close to $100 a month.
Girl Makes Cents says
Yeah it depends on what you choose to include. Being a girl is definitely more expensive. Some bloggers broke it down about a year ago into what they spend on products each year and then determined what it adds up to monthly. It's interesting!!