Each year, Discovery High School seniors complete a yearlong research project focused on an important issue facing members of the school, community, or world. Our students gain a deep understanding of their issue through research, mentoring from a leader in the field, and the development of a project to address the issue. Over the next few weeks, we will spotlight several DHS senior projects in The Compass. To learn more about the DHS Senior Project experience, please contact Geoff Crosson – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driving Question: How do cosmetics affect a woman’s self esteem and the way she is treated by the public?
Why I selected the project: Ever since I was first introduced to makeup, I was always very interested in how it worked to change a person’s face and, because of that, how people would treat me. There was also a surprising amount of articles where experiments were conducted to understand how people react to color and why they treat people differently based on how they wear their makeup.
About my research/conclusion and the product: I found that when people (men or women) are perceiving women, a moderate amount of makeup works best. An even skin tone, prominent eyes, and red cheeks are considered “the perfect look.” the color red is also found to be the most attractive color for men; red has no effect on women. For my product, I hosted a Prom Event where any high school girl was welcome. There they received free makeovers sponsored by Mary Kay Cosmetics, a prom survival kit, a free tube of waterproof mascara and eye makeup remover, and they were allowed to browse over one hundred prom dresses. No prom dress was over $20 and all proceeds went to Girls on the Run. There was a raffle for giveaways and some of the prizes included a Sephora makeup bag which had different cosmetic samples, an Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette, and body sprays from Avon. Girl Scouts also volunteered to help serve snacks at the event and earned a patch about healthy eating. In order to raise money for everything, I hosted a womanless pageant at my church (First United Methodist Church in Conover). I raised over $2,000 which went to fund my even,t and I could not have done it without the help of my church family.
For more information, contact Liz Hornick at email@example.com