I tried a little 'not so scientific' social experiment the other week. I'm not saying the results were conclusive, but I just wanted to test something out. I published two photos to Tumblr, one without makeup or editing and one with makeup and purposefully heavily edited (to the point I had no freckles and even took my scars out). Actually I decided in order for the test to be a little fairer, I used a faint tint (the same on both), so nobody could guess what I was doing. I posted both within a couple of minutes of one another and left the tags on both exactly the same, so as not to gain more 'likes' with a popular tag or time. I also tried to find two photos with a vaguely similar pose (though that was actually pretty hard).
Obviously, I was trying to see which photo gained the most reblogs and likes. The one with makeup ended up with almost 4 times as many as the one without. Neither were by any means one of my more popular posts, but the result was as I expected. So I decided as I'd gotten away with it and nobody had suspected what I was up to, that I'd try it again with two more photos. Here's the one without makeup and one with. Again I kept the time, tags, border/filter the same, but really smoothed my skin on the makeup one until it looked completely unreal! To my surprise, they have both been liked/reblogged the same. I even got a comment on the bare faced one to say how cute my freckles were. Faith in humanity restored...for now!
Day 24 #BeRealMarch