When you hear the term ‘psychological addiction,’ lots of things may come to mind: drugs, alcohol, food; the list is endless. But I’ll wager that you never thought of makeup as a possible addition to that list. However, it IS extremely possible to develop a psychological addiction towards makeup. It entails an inability to leave your house without applying makeup and never going full on natural – even for running the simplest of errands! You are what modern experts call a cosmoholic. 

A psychological addiction is characterized by anything that we become mentally dependent on, and during any attempts to quit this addiction we may face withdrawal symptoms. Makeup allows for extreme psychological dependence because of its capacity to boost self-esteem. The feeling that women get when they apply makeup, go out, get noticed and are complimented is something that they can easily become dependent on.

It does not come as a surprise in this day and age that most women have self-image issues because of the constant pressure that is placed on them from social media to look a certain way, and this is extremely common with younger girls/women who feel the need to resemble celebrities. They develop beliefs that if they apply a certain amount of makeup then that will make them more attractive. Following that drive can result in psychological dependence.

The way to get over psychological dependence on makeup is to make sure that we only relate makeup to enhancing beauty rather than creating it. Take better care of your skin, so that a completely natural look, sans makeup, is good enough.

That being said, don’t confuse the concept of dependence with that of a simple habit. Some girls may constantly have minimal makeup on as a force of habit, when it becomes part of their daily morning routine. It is simply what they are used to waking up and doing everyday. That is a case where it shouldn’t be considered an issue, because it they are still capable of going out in public without makeup and feel confident about it.

Let’s not try to think of the most negative aspects of psychological addiction/dependence when we apply the term to makeup, because realistically there is no harm in occasionally spoiling yourself with some makeup products or giving our faces that extra little bit of enhancement. It is directly backed up by the term ‘look good, feel good’ that a little bit of makeup can make us feel a whole lot better about ourselves, and extremely more confident. As women, our vanity lies in our physical appearance and beauty, more than men. So it is natural that a woman will feel good on the inside when she sees that her face looks good. Makeup is one of the things that can do that, even if it’s not the only thing.

The main focus here isn’t to try and completely cut makeup out of our lives – because speaking for myself I have absolutely no intention of doing so. Go full glam when you want to, go semi glam when you feel like it, but still make sure you go completely natural from time to time and love it! After all, a smile is often all the makeup that a girl needs.