(Closed) Is it unprofessional to not wear make up? POLL

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Is it unprofessional to not wear make up?
    Yes : (82 votes)
    23 %
    No : (267 votes)
    77 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    355 posts
    Helper bee

    It’s totally sexist. But unfortunately, we still live in a sexist world. So I always wore makeup for my interviews and if I had to see clients, but other than that I don’t really like makeup either.

    It’s NOT unprofessional at all IMO. It is if you’re sloppy, stinky, or otherwise unkempt, but no make up? Not a problem.

    Post # 3
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    541 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2026

    I don’t wear makeup to interviews or to work. I would hate to spend the extra time waking up to doll myself up, and I don’t believe it has affected the hiring process or my professionalism. As long as you look clean, makeup or no makeup shouldn’t be a problem.

    Post # 4
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    9012 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    If it is unprofessional then there are a whole lot of unprofessional males out there!

    Post # 5
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    3446 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    agree with ellsiepig. I honestly can’t stand the stuff being on my face, have no clue how to apply it and no desire to spend even more time getting ready by adding this into the routine. At most I can tolerate lip gloss on occasion. idk how I’m going to get through an entire wedding day with it. 😧 But lack of make up has never prevented me from getting a job. If my skills, experience and professionalism aren’t enough then thats too bad. 

    Post # 6
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    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I don’t think it really matters as long as you are clean and your hair is well groomed. I’m a hair stylist now so I get dolled up for work, but before when I worked in banking I never wore it and it never seemed to matter.

    Post # 7
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    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2019

    Heck no, it’s not unprofessional. You don’t see all the male employees wearing make up do you? 

    I might wear mascara and lip gloss for an interview, but I don’t wear any make up in my day to day work and it’s fine.

    Post # 8
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    7897 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I never wear makeup, and I have a professional job. Just be a good candidate in the ways that are important. 

    Post # 9
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    3902 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

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    emsie :  you know what can be unprofessional? Wearing too much makeup (eapecially in certain industries) 

    Post # 10
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    4243 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I think having the ability to do a quality “5 minute face” can be beneficial.  Say there is an important meeting, or you want to make a “good” first impression.  Not that you ***can’t*** have a good first impression without makeup, but I know I feel different when I KNOW I look damn good.  I’m no pro, but I have mastered the “2 1/2 minute face” for work haha.  Basic primer and foundation and a very basic 2-color eye.  Boom, done.

    Post # 11
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    324 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t think it’s unprofessional. But, personally, I feel like wearing some amount of makeup (for me) is similar to brushing my hair. I wouldn’t go into the office with bedhead, and I just can’t rock the totally au naturel look.

    I do have a difference between my work makeup and going-out-on-the-town makeup. Mostly, for work, I’m trying to avoid the dreaded, “Are you sick? Are you getting enough sleep? Have you been crying?” that comes when I’m makeup-free.

    Post # 12
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    2942 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I have gone without makeup except for special events for a couple years now.  I get bad allergy eyes when I wear makeup and nothing seems to not cause them.  I am not going to spend every day uncomfortable because women are deemed to “need” makeup. 

    Post # 13
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    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Depends how old you are, where you live, and what you do. If you’re 35 or older, don’t live in a major city, and don’t have an interactive job, no one cares. Otherwise, you should probably wear it to avoid negative comments and stigma as others have said. Even the most attractive woman without makeup will still wear makeup to be even more attractive. I can’t imagine a situation where a woman would go without makeup in public unless she’s going to the doctor or the gym, and even then. It’s a fantastic return of investment for the time it takes compared to lots of other things people do in the morning/getting ready.

    Post # 14
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    23 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2016

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    emsie :  I never wear makeup no matter what the occasion and do not think it makes me lazy or look like I don’t care. I just don’t want anything chilling on top of my face all day. It is sexist to expect someone else to wear makeup or to judge a woman’s worth on this choice. 

    Post # 15
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    23 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2016

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    lesbeeinlove :  28, work in NYC in a setting where I constantly interact with others. I never wear makeup. I expect people to like my face for what it is or have tolerance if they dont. I don’t care to impress anyone who spends their time overly concerned about it because I quite like it the way it is.

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