(Closed) Do You Think Wearing Make Up To Work Makes You Appear More Professional?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do You Think Wearing Makeup Makes You Appear More Polished At Work?
    Yes- it makes me feel more confident & let's others know I value putting my best face forward : (150 votes)
    57 %
    Yes- but I wear makeup purely for private reasons that doesn't have anything to do with work : (39 votes)
    15 %
    No- I let my track record speak for itself, I havent need to wear makeup to work- only for occasions : (19 votes)
    7 %
    No- I am opposed to wearing make up and rarely, if ever, do. : (5 votes)
    2 %
    Maybe- it would depend on the job and work climate if I would wear makeup : (44 votes)
    17 %
    Other- please explain! : (7 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    3624 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If I don’t wear makeup to work, I feel like I just rolled out of bed, and I think it’s disrespectful to my co-workers to show up looking like that. It makes it look like I don’t care, so I at least wear a little makeup everyday.

    Post # 4
    2651 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I don’t wear a lot of makeup, just some light shadow and mascara. As for my hair? Ha! Its up in a pony tail and if it decides tobehave then yay. 

    I do put myself more together for school though.There’s a chance of interning or Ta ing for a prof and I don’t want them to think i can’t be bothered you know?

    Post # 5
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I object to the premise that women have to paint their faces to look professional and men can show their faces unadorned and look professional. Why would that be the case? To me looking professional is about being neatly groomed (which absolutely does not require makeup) and appropriately dressed.

    Post # 6
    1935 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I don’t wear a ton of makeup to work, just enough to look polished and professional. My makeup routine consists of tinted moisturizer, bronzer, blush, and mascara. Sometimes a bit of brown eyeliner, but all of my makeup is neutral colors. I think if you keep it close to natural, you’ll look polished no matter what.

    Post # 7
    9732 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @redheadem:  +1.

    Post # 8
    2183 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

    I don’t think one needs a pound of makeup, but it is necessary to put your best foot forward. I just use a little powder foundation with mascara and little eye shadow if I’m feeling crazy. My hair is always straight, but sometimes in a pony tail if I didn’t get up early enough to shower. That’s all I need to feel like a grown up.

    I will say, though, my boss wears much more than I do (older woman, mid-60s), and the VP (middle-aged woman) wears none but lipstick for meetings. You can always tell when my colleague is running late (my age) because she doesn’t have anything on- so it varies greatly in my office.

    Post # 9
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @redheadem:  agreed

    I wear makeup everywhere, though. I do think a little mascara and blow drying ones hair can go a long way.

    Post # 10
    1925 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Eglantine:  +1  As long as anyone is groomed, no need for make-up!  

    However, I wear make-up to work because I feel like it makes me look more put together.  I have crazy bags under my eyes that I like to keep in check!  Also I am a high school teacher so if I don’t wear make up I risk looking the same age as my students…

    Post # 11
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I don’t know about makeup, I just like it because it makes me look more awake and alert but I have heard bosses make comments about hair. I’ve had at least two who heavily condemned people for coming to work with wet hair and they looked down on them as not caring enough to be bothered to dry their hair before work. I didn’t really think guys paid that much attention but one was a girl and one was a guy.

    Post # 12
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    A little bit of makeup can go a long way in making me look put together, so I always wear the basics to work.

    Post # 13
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it would depend on the job- but yes, anything I dress “up” for I put make-up on.  Around the house I don’t unless I feel like playing with it (which usually ends up with me looking like a call girl 🙂  haha)

    Post # 14
    640 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012


    I don’t wear makeup to work because I do not want to be judged on my beauty but my ability. You should dress appropriately, but even if you have a HUGE zit attack on your face, you should not be seen as unprofessional. Men don’t have to wear makeup to be considered professional and neither should woman. And any business that demands it on their female employees, or even preferred it, can be classified as sexism in the workplace. Also, I don’t wear makeup most of the time because I have sensitive skin and because much of it is tested on animals and I am a vegetarian. All people have their reasons why they choose not to and it is no one else’s business!

    Post # 15
    300 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I usually wear the same amount of makeup to work that I do on the weekends, which isn’t much, just a little mascara and eyeshadow.  If your friend regularly wears makeup and is making significantly less of an effort for work than for other days/occasions, I can see how she could be perceived as not caring. 

    Post # 16
    8445 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I do think looking “put together” is important in the work place and a little mascara or lip color can make an impact. Personally I’m happy to be a woman that can cover up that zit with a little concealer lol.

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