Is wearing makeup considered part of professionalism?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
3087 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I don’t wear make up most days and I’ve never had any complaints about it. I think as long as you dress professionally and have proper grooming and hygiene habits it really shouldn’t matter whether you wear make up or not. 

When people are just used to your face as is, I feel like it’s not really noticeable that you don’t wear it. But the odd time you do wear it people do notice and it’s kind of nice! 

Post # 3
3882 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I don’t wear makeup to work. I don’t like wearing makeup, and will only wear it for special occasions where I know pictures will be taken. There is nothing that says you can’t look professional with a natural face.

Post # 4
2851 posts
Sugar bee

I personally am big on makeup, but that’s solely due to a personal preference. I’ve had plenty of coworkers who did not wear makeup. The only two times I’ve ever objected to another’s appearance was one gentleman who had terrible BO and clearly didn’t wear deodorant, and another who would come in looking normal some days, but the rest looked like she clearly hadn’t bathed (poor hygiene, hair looked like it hadn’t been washed in days). Go with what makes you feel best about yourself, whatever that looks like.

I personally just find makeup FUN, and it makes me feel good about myself to enhance my appearance. If that’s not your thing, to me it’s the equivalent of preferring jazz to classical music. Whatever works for you!

Post # 5
6945 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I don’t wear make-up at all. None. I don’t know any other woman at my work that also doesn’t wear make-up but that’s fine. I never feel ugly or childish because I don’t. Different strokes…

Post # 6
601 posts
Busy bee

It’s a personal choice. I’m the only woman at work that wears make up on a daily basis. 

Post # 7
1533 posts
Bumble bee

I Wear mascara and eyebrow liner (mine naturally change colour half way). It’s personal choise. I don’t think it’s part if beigb professional. I do know some work places make you do it (ask a manager for the win) but I pe4isnaply think it’s unnecessary unless you yourself want to 

Post # 8
6162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

I would wear mascara and perhaps some mattifying powder, have eyebrows groomed. I do think it makes a person look more put together 🤷

Post # 9
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I wear makeup everyday and still look younger than I am mostly because I have small features. I enjoy makeup for the self care aspect, and the routine of it helps me get out of bed in the morning.

I think makeup is only necessary for a professional look if it is part of a workplace dress code. 

That said, I also think lashes and brows are easy additions to a daily grooming ritual.  A little mascara and brow grooming can really open the eyes and frame the face. I have fair hair and almost invisible eyebrows, so I fill them in with a bit of taupe pencil, and to me it makes a huge difference with little effort. For those with darker hair or fuller brows, shaping them a little with a spoolie and maybe some pomade can have a big effect as well. 

Post # 10
9128 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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onepeople101 :  unfortunately studies have shown that there is a sweet spot for makeup – too little or too much tends to make people take you less seriously. However, if you are more comfortable without it and you haven’t noticed that your appearance is holding you back then I wouldn’t worry about it. Studies aren’t the same as your day to day experience. For me it’s faster, easier, and makes a bigger impact for looking put together than trying to do anything fancy with my hair, but I know other girls that spend those 5 minutes running a curling iron through their hair instead and look amazing. I’m also super lazy and like to use BB cream so I can moisturize, sunblock, and even out my skin tone in 1 minute with 1 product. And mascara is a must for me because I have blond eyelashes that you can’t see otherwise!

Post # 11
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

I’m a teacher and while I was at the university, some instructors strictly necessitated putting on makeup to look professional, and I did… However, my views changed after a while, now I barely put on makeup in general and I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my daily life.

However, there are so many jobs at the big companies and skyscrapers, they see makeup and what’s more, suits as a part of professionalism. Like, I’d never go to a job interview without makeup if I wanna look more out together. As much as I hate this, it happens.

Depends on yıur procession probably.

Post # 12
10560 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I wear a shit ton of makeup.  Now I’m in too deep, if I stop wearing it i’ll look like I didn’t get ready. 

Post # 13
2730 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I don’t think makeup is a requirement for professionalism. Actually, depending on how it’s worn, it can be the opposite! I wear makeup everyday, but I do it because I have oily skin, and I need mattifying foundation and primer for my own comfort and to keep clear skin. If I had normal or dry skin, I’d skip it. I don’t wear mascara or eyeshadow to work except when I know I’m going to date night after. Blush and bronzer I wear every now and then, depending on how I feel and how early I wake up to get ready. 

Most women I know don’t wear makeup to work. 

Post # 14
531 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I wear makeup everyday because I had acne for years so I have some scars and dark spots from that and I have roseasa and large pores so my skin is always a little red and slightly textured looking so I personally feel that I need foundation in order to look professional. I also use eye makeup because I like how I look with it. 

Most women I know that have clear skin don’t wear any makeup to work, and as long as they are dressed for their job then they look professional enough in my opinion! So don’t worry, you don’t need makeup to look professional. And if it makes you feel better, I’m actually jealous of people that have nice skin without makeup and can go to work without makeup

Post # 15
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I don’t wear makeup, so can understand your thought of looking not put together. I have and olive skin tone and darker features, so I generally jsut curl my eyelashes to look more awake (no mascara), and make sure my eyebrows are looking trimmed and neat! 

But if you did want to start to wear make up, a little goes a long way, I don’t think I’d jump righ to eyeshadow, maybe a little blush or bronzer?!

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