It Costs $2.50 to Make Lipstick — Here’s Why You’re Charged So Much More


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“Cosmetics are marked up so much because conglomerates aren’t just in the ‘sell you great makeup’ business. [Some of these] companies are in the lifestyle and brand business, and because cosmetics are so cheap to make, they use the opportunity to make 90% profit on the makeup they sell you in order to subsidize the rest of their business,” says Fredrickson. “Your lipstick is paying for everything from really expensive brand campaigns, to unprofitable designer clothes, to the profits for the retailer that sells the makeup to you.”

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Cheryl Wischhover — Racked

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Today’s needull is a feature on Dress for Success, a non-profit organization “that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”

Research has shown clothing has the ability to affect the wearer’s own mood and behavior too. In his most recent study published in the Social Psychological and Personality Science Journal, Abraham Rutchick, an associate professor of psychology at California State University, Northridge, found that people who wore formal clothing performed tasks more efficiently and demonstrated the capacity for clearer, big-picture thinking.

“Clothing has a real effect on how you think in various ways,” says Rutchick. “The effect is most likely driven by feelings of power — clothing can make people feel more or less powerful. If someone is wearing a stained shirt or something that fits poorly, that leads to vulnerability.”

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