Everyone knows that 3.30pm on a working day is like the most hellish time to be alive. You’re still hours away from clocking off, and your post-lunch food coma is kicking in riiiight about… now.
Everyone also knows the Wednesdays are the worst working days of the whole week. The joys of Sunday were two whole days ago! And your TGIF plans are another two, interminable days from now. There’s a reason why they call Wednesdays hump days.
So it makes sense for 3.30pm on Wednesdays to be the most sian and stressful hour of the entire week. But researchers are also suggesting that because of this, it’s the time of week that women actually look the oldest.
At CLEO, we are very interested in how we can look younger without even trying, so then we thought – hey, if this is true, maybe that means maybe we can avoid looking older by never selfie-ing ourselves on a Wednesday at 3.30pm.
To put the theory to the test, we did the obvious – we took selfies of ourselves on a Wednesday, at exactly 3.30pm.
For comparison, we took a second selfie the next day at the same time. The selfies were taken in the same locations (our office chairs), and we were wearing the same makeup in both shots.
Here’s how it went:
KIT: WEDNESDAY, 3.30PM
My approach to this test was “try to take as nice a selfie as possible and compare”, so even though I was REALLY feeling the 3.30pm slump, I pulled my hair out of its messy bun and smiled for the camera. All things considered, I think I look way better than I felt. 3/4 angles all the way.
KIT: THURSDAY, 3.30PM
I felt a lot more awake and energetic when I was taking this photo compared to the day before. I think it comes across the most in my eyes, which look brighter and less shadowy than they did 24 hours ago. Overall, I think this pic is a genuine improvement over the Wednesday one. My face is slimmer, and my hair looks nicer!
Is this for real? Does the Wednesday 3.30 curse truly exist???
Let’s see how Kai Ying’s photos turned out before delivering the verdict.
KAI YING: WEDNESDAY, 3.30PM
Kai Ying took a different approach from me – which was basically “look straight into the camera, snap, and see what happens”. Her verdict on her own Wednesday photo is simply, “I look terrible”.
In my opinion – it’s not nearly that bad. Her skin looks pretty fresh, and her cheekbones are on fleek, even if her dark circles be all like “Hellooooo, is it me you’re looking for…?”
KAI YING: THURSDAY, 3.30PM
When Kai Ying snapped this selfie, her instant reaction was, “OMG, it’s so true! I look way better than yesterday!” She says she looks less tired, her eye bags are less noticeable and she looks younger overall. Which would seem to prove the theory, but hold up.
In a classic case of self-judgment vs. other-people’s-judgment, I told Kai Ying, “No leh, I think you look better on Wednesday.” A third party judge (i.e. our colleague Hidayah), agreed with me – her skin looks fresher and face looks slimmer and more awake on Wednesday. So what does it all mean?
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We’re not going to say there is zero truth to this theory. We both felt more tired on the Wednesday, as compared to the day after. However, when it comes to taking selfies, certain things should also be factored in, like lighting, hair, and a flattering angle. If you play around with those things enough, you can certainly affect the outcome of any selfie-taking endeavour, regardless of how tired you look IRL. This was a fun exercise, but basically, the golden rule for taking selfies is to snap whenever you’re feeling your look, just as insta-queen Miley Cyrus does. Chances are, it won’t be on a Wednesday at 3.30pm, that’s all.
Text: Kit Chua
Thumbnail image: Instagram/@mileycyrus
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