I changed all my Bumble photos to makeup-free photos
In late 2017, after storming out of a seven-year relationship, I became a single adult for the first time in my life. Both electrified and slightly overwhelmed by the new release, I decided to get organized and make myself a Bachelorette Goals Catalog – a kind of dating list of all the things I wanted to try but never got around to while locked up in the tower discharge of long-term heterosexual monogamy.
Immediately at the top of my list were two desires: 1) Try dating apps and 2) Explore dating women. I’ve been curious about the former since its invention and curious about the latter since, well, forever. At some point, I had acquired the knowledge that Bumble was one of the least sketchy dating apps on the market. So one day in January, I set up my first dating profile and set it to “seek women”.
My Bumble Photos: With Makeup
I must have been fantasizing about The Bachelor for a while because I immediately knew which photos I would choose to put on my sri lankan girls dating uk best step forward in the world of Los Angeles dating. I put together a collection of sultry selfies and other photos I’d taken recently before a night out when my makeup look swept me away and suggested a subtle attitude, luminous skin, smoky eyes and glossy, plump lips , all accompanied by form… appropriate ensembles and joking expressions. I knew the pictures were a little thirsty, but hey, that was kind of the idea, right? I wanted the ladies of LA to know I was on my best game. These were the photos that I felt represented this.
For years, I’d theorized about what “type” of woman I was most attracted to, though I’d never gotten around to testing the waters IRL. So I went in with an open mind and when I started constantly matching stylish and fashionable women, I didn’t get mad. Flirting with these women was instantly much more fun than flirting with men had ever been. Everyone was so positive, friendly and complimentary (not too pushy, just sweet and enthusiastic). Each opener (both hers and mine) would be a genuine, effusive statement of praise for the other’s makeup or hair, punctuated with an effervescent heart or glowing eyes emoji. We would tell each other we were stunning and be called “girl” and “pretty”. These interactions, even the ones that never went anywhere, were filled with feminine energy and optimistic appreciation.
I guess it takes someone who spends a lot of time with their own eyebrows and lipstick to recognize these things in someone else.
My Bumble photos: no makeup
After a few months of using Bumble and casually dating, I remembered an online article that went viral a few years ago: an experiment in which a 21-year-old woman created three Tinder profiles with varying levels of makeup ( no makeup, “medium makeup” and heavy makeup) to see how men would respond. (Spoiler: the results were that the bare-faced version of her profile attracted the most men, while her “medium” level of makeup seemed to get the most aggressive pickup lines.)
Over the years, there have also been all kinds of more formal studies on the physical characteristics that men find most attractive in women, such as red lipstick and brown hair. A 2016 story written by a woman for The Guardian said she found that, compared to a photo of herself without makeup, the look preferred by 81 percent of men surveyed included 12 products, including foundation, two shades of contour powder and three shades of eye shadow (although the result, according to these men, looked quite “natural”).
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