Is wearing makeup considered part of professionalism?

posted 8 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I think there’s a lot more to looking professional than just make up. I am currently the only woman in my office, but when I worked at our corp office there were a ton of women and some of them were pretty terrible at doing their makeup and they didn’t look professional whatsoever. 

When I go to my corp office for meetings I always wear makeup because I do feel like it helps me to look more “put together” but I also just wear some foundation, bronzer, and I have lash extensions so I don’t do much else. In my home office, I sometimes go days without putting on make up just out of sheer laziness. I don’t look all that different without it since I’ve got the lashes.

I don’t think any of my male coworkers pay enough attention to notice when I do and don’t wear it.

I think if you want to start wearing a little, I would go with some bronzer, blush and mascara? I think that can make a nice, subtle difference.

Post # 32
128 posts
Blushing bee

I don’t think ALL women need to wear makeup at work. I personally do because I am self concious about my dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. If I don’t have makeup on I look like a zombie, lol. 

But I will say some women can get away with not wearing any makeup. I feel as long as you groom yourself well in the sense of keeping your eyebrows shaped and hair combed nice, moisturize your face and maybe some chapstick or lipgloss – you can look pulled together. I see some women at my job and they look like the just rolled out of bed – it’s shameful.  I’ve heard that if you put yourself together and are presentable at work your boss or administration will take you more seriously – but if you look like you rolled out of bed or just a plain old slob, then they will not.  I agree with that, I’ve seen it myself towards others. 

Same goes for when attending doctor’s appts I’ve read – if you attend looking more presentable the doctor will take you more seriously as a patient and all your questions etc. 

I’m sure you are beautiful just the way you are 😉 

Post # 33
2934 posts
Sugar bee

I wear a minimal amount of mascara, eyebrow tint and lippy when giving talks so that the people at the back of the room can see my facial expressions clearly. A tiny amount of Armani face fabric stops me looking shiny. That’s it.

I find, at the age of 57, that lots of makeup does nothing for me. It just make me look artificial. Luckily I’m unlined due to protecting my skin with suncream since my early twenties. I haven’t even used high factor (I usually use 10 or 15) but it has made a difference. So whatever you decide on makeup, make sure you keep using sun protection.

My daughter aged 22, on the other hand, uses makeup regularly. She either goes for very natural looking or for spectacular, the latter being for parties.

For both of us, less is more and a light touch works really well. 

Post # 34
324 posts
Helper bee

krissymichelle070 :  I’m curious, do you think shaped eyebrows and lipgloss make a difference in men’s job opportunitues too?

Post # 35
47 posts

I don’t worry too much about makeup, but I think I would definitely look unprofessional if I didn’t straighten (tame) my hair for work! You’d think just tying it back would be enough but nope, curls escape and I look deranged. I think makeup may make people seem more ‘professional’ maybe because it gives them more confidence? Just a thought.

Post # 36
1366 posts
Bumble bee

I think nicely styled hair or a good hair cut is much more important than makeup. Nothing ruins a nice, professional outfit more than unkempt hair. I think it holds true for both men and women. 

Post # 37
3027 posts
Sugar bee

From what PPs have stated, the makeup industry is doomedsmile!

Post # 38
270 posts
Helper bee

Personally, i need makeup to look professional because I have bad skin and look unkempt if I don’t have foundation on. I think a lot of women look great without makeup or choose not to wear it and that’s fine, personal choice.

I agree that brows and lashes are an easy addition that pack the biggest punch. I personally wear a full face of makeup every day (if I’m leaving the house) besides leaving eye makeup to nighttime. I have lash extensions so mascara, shadow and liner are unnecessary. 

Post # 39
2659 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t work, but when I don’t wear blush and eye makeup  people ask me if I feel all rght so  I do eyes, brows and some blush. My skin is in really good condition and I don’t wear foundation. I think make up is fun. I went to a make up artist a while ago and she show me how to apply eye make up without it being garish, and what colors flatter my skin tone.

Post # 40
1689 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I personally wear some foundation and mascara, and when there is an audit I swipe on some eyeliner. It makes me feel more put-together, but that’s just me! 

Post # 41
128 posts
Blushing bee

pinkglasses :  An answer to your snarky question – i ABSOLUTELY believe a well groomed man has more employment opportunites and is taken more seriously than a disheveled man. And you what it’s 2019 if a man wants to shape his brows and wear some lipgloss – then go right ahead. 

It works both ways for women or men, if you look a mess than you don’t get taken seriously. 

This comment board is for people to post their “opinions” it doesn’t mean everyone agrees with it. It’s nice to see a diverse response from people of all ages and different areas of the world. 


Post # 42
324 posts
Helper bee

krissymichelle070 :  I apologize, I didn’t mean to sound snarky! It was just a tongue in cheek comment 🙂

Post # 43
902 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I guess I do consider make-up as part of professionalism but I think a natural look is best.

My skin is a bit blotchy, so I use CC cream/foundation to even it out, undereye concealer for my dark circles and a bit of powder to set.  I use a quick brush of blush to give my cheeks some colour.  That takes me no more than 5 mins and I feel like it’s well worth the effort.

If I have more time, I use eyeliner on my top lids, a touch of shadow (neutral colours) and line my lower lids with a dark shadow.  I never wear anything other than lip balm at work.

Keeping my brows and nails maintained is important too. 

Post # 44
2484 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

You absolutely do not need to wear makeup. Just another thing society has placed on women but have absolutely no expectations that are similar for men. *eyeroll*

There are women who don’t wear a drop of makeup and women that, in all honesty, look like clowns. But it’t up to you. Do what makes you feel comfortable. 

Personally, I feel like I have to draw in my eyebrows. They’re horrendous lol. But I usually wear mascara, liquid eyeliner and highlighter on my cheekbones. And that’s it! That’s my own sweet spot with makeup. 

Post # 45
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

onepeople101 :  I work in a pretty conservative office and makeup matters here.  A couple of the women I work with do not wear makeup and are on the younger side (but older than me).  I regularly hear comments about how young they are in a negative way, suggesting they shouldn’t be listened to and have never had that problem myself (I love makeup and do a full face every morning).  I personally think everyone should do what makes them comfortable, but makeup does seem to matter at my work. 

ETA: When I say full face, I use tinted moisturizer, neutral eyeshadow, mascara, fill in my brows, and add some bronzer.  If I’m in a hurry, I found making sure you have neat brows and mascara is plenty to look awake. 

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