The reason you wear makeup is because it can make you look older, and it can also make you older.
A study published in the journal Psychological Science finds that people who have a bad memory of the moment are more likely to wear fake contacts when they’re feeling nostalgic for their childhoods.
“We know that people often remember how their childhood was, and their memories of that childhood are often inaccurate,” lead researcher Michael R. LeBlanc told ABC News.
“So we wanted to understand what happens to memory and what happens when people remember their past.”
To figure that out, researchers took a group of 50 people, ages 18 to 25, into a lab and asked them to fill out a survey.
Participants were then given the option to have the images of their faces scanned and compared with real photos.
If the subjects recalled correctly that they were wearing fake makeup, the researchers were able to determine that they had more trouble recalling the actual date of the event.
They also found that people with poor memories of their childhood experiences were less likely to remember how they felt about the makeup.
They are, on average, more likely than those with a good memory to have had a bad experience with the makeup, and they were also more likely in their memories to have experienced a painful experience.
It’s unclear whether the makeup effect is a result of the person’s own history or the makeup itself, LeBlac said.
He added that, in general, people who were born in the 1950s were less susceptible to the effects of makeup.
“People born in 1950s are a bit more likely, and therefore less likely, to remember a bad time,” LeBlanc said.
“In this study, we wanted the question of whether this was a psychological or biological mechanism that’s driving this.”
The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.