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

posted 8 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

    Yes- but I wear makeup purely for private reasons that doesn't have anything to do with work

    No- I let my track record speak for itself, I havent need to wear makeup to work- only for occasions

    No- I am opposed to wearing make up and rarely, if ever, do.

    Maybe- it would depend on the job and work climate if I would wear makeup

    Other- please explain!

  • Post # 92
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

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    Post # 93
    5667 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I do my eyebrows, put on eyeshadow, curl my lashes and put on mascara every day. I’ve had a few days when I’ve woken up later than I should have, but even then I make sure to curl my lashes and put on some mascara, otherwise I look really tired.

    I don’t usually do a full face for work but if I do feel like it I’ll mix my foundation with moisturizer (to make my own tinted moisturizer) and set with powder.

    I think it makes me look more professional because I look more put together. I don’t think it’s a requirement for most women but I feel like it’s a requirement for me.

    Post # 94
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I don’t wear make-up to work because none of the women executives wear any make up to work here. I would stand out like a sore thumb and would probably be labelled as someone who is trying too hard. It’s all scientists and engineers around here, so the work has to speak for itself. Professional look here includes neat hair, no make-up and modest clothing.

    Post # 95
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our office is casual, most everyone wear jeans, a nice top and flip flops or flats. Most peoples makeup consists of nothing to barely noticeable. I usually just wear powder and mascara. Sometimes I dress up and do all my makeup but really just isn’t me. While I work in customer service it is in agriculture so most customers show up in muck boots and overalls. lol 

    Post # 96
    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Yes, but mostly because I feel really unkempt in the morning and I am always wearing the basics, whether I’m going to work, hang out with friends or just sitting around with my husband :). I don’t necessarily think that everyone has to wear make-up to look professional, but I also feel like a little tastefully done foundation and mascara never hurt anyone’s image lol. Maybe it’s unfair to women, but I’m just happy I dont have to shave my face every day!

    Post # 97
    807 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I don’t think makeup is required to appear professional. I think the important thing is that you actually make enough of an effort to look like you give a sh*t and that you respect yourself enough to take care of your appearance.

    That being said, I do wear at least some makeup every day because I feel more polished and more confident when I’m wearing it, and I think that influences how I perform in my job. I do know that the fact that I make an effort to present myself well has been a factor (not the most important element, but definitely a factor) in both of my last two promotions.

    Post # 98
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I work in a job where if I wanted to I wouldn’t have to do much to my hair other than brush it, wear no make up and can wear cords and a polo shirt. The ‘big wigs’ in my company though tend to dress nicer (think: dress pants/skirts and a nice top or a suit for the ladies, dress pants & dress shirts, sometimes ties and sometimes suits for the men). So I’ve started to dress more professionally. I do feel that adding a touch of makeup does make me look more professional, and I certainly feel better about myself. I have a very pale complexion and with no makeup I tend to look tired and/or sick, which I don’t feel looks very professional. I don’t apply much, just some lose powder/mineral veil, a touch of blush, a neutral eyeshadow and/or eyeliner, mascara and lip gloss or tinted lip balm. Most days it takes me less time to do my makeup than it takes my fiance to shave his face. And while facial hair is definitely allowed at my workplace for men, the large majority of them are clean shaven, so since I’m not really taking any more time than a man does to look polished, it doesn’t really bother me.

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