(Closed) Spinoff–Makeup at Work

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

EDubbs:  Where do you work?

Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I wear makeup to work every day. Could I go without it? Sure.. But I personally feel like I look more pulled together, polished, and presentable with it on.. Wearing make up doesn’t mean your face is ‘caked on’ like someone previously said, for me its about accentuating my features and looking presentable.

 

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

ellipticalorbit:  And to you also I say, are you kidding me?????  It’s my feminine duty to put on makeup so that other people will FIND MORE ENJOYMENT IN LOOKING AT ME?????  Is this 1952?

I give absolutely zero fucks if ANYONE other than my husband derives any pleasure from looking at me.  The fact that you would even utter such a phrase in 2015 is astounding.  It is not my job to please the people of the world with my startling beauty and impeccable makeup application skills.

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For the record, I wear BB cream to work every day because I have rosacea, and it evens out my skin tone.  I also like the SPF.  I sometimes wear mascara, but my eyes are often very dry in the mornings and I just don’t like putting it on.  

If I’m going out for dinner or drinks or something?  I do like eye makeup and lipstick.  If I’m hanging at home or doing errands?  No makeup.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My last job was as the microbiologist for a meat testing lab. I felt like make up was a waste of time, especially since whenever I got home I would have to shower immediately to get the scent of rotting meat out of my hair. My current job is third shift fabric testing. I usually take a nap right before work, so again I feel like make up is a waste of time. I could be eating, sleeping, or washing my face with that time. 

Thankfully, no one has ever stepped into the lab and told me that I needed to do my duty by emphasising my feminine beauty. They just want their testing done promptly.  

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Kikibear:  Exactly. Last time I checked, most jobs hire for a different set of skills other than makeup application. 

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’m a lawyer and I do commercial and property work. I certainly don’t wear makeup to work. i wash my face in the morning with soap and put on a moisturiser on only because it has SPF in it (important in NZ because there is a hole in the ozone layer above us!). I only wear makeup for special occasions eg wedding or ball. 

I interact with corporate clients, accountants and brokers everyday. I go to after work functions with no makeup on and it is liberating! I work really hard and usually don’t have time for lunch – let alone going to the bathroom to check if the makeup is still in place!! I have so much time not worrying about that and I can sleep in longer on the morning. Haha but I hardly wear a suit either – professional clothes yes, but there is nothing more uncomfortable than a suit jacket and heels!

I also work with farmers a lot and I think they appreciate an honest face! 

Other ladies in the office wear makeup but not much. The senior partners (all men) are also pretty down to earth and I’ve even had them walk in on a conversation in the staff room on this topic – they told me it was a waste of time and they would prefer us to be comfy so we can do a good job!

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Perthshire, Scotland

Kikibear:  I can appreciate your point, but for me it’s a simply “I prefer to be pulled together, and for me that includes putting on makeup” answer to the OPs two questions. Their question was “is it my feminine duty to put on makeup… etc”, and in the work context I answered in context of myself, in my life, in my industry. 

I did also state that it’s each to their own. I can see in your second post you’ve stated what your preferences are, which I have no issue with. 

For me it’s about professionalism and looking put together, whatever that looks like. Call my personal preferences (for myself) for how I like to look outdated all you want, however I grew up by my grandmother’s sentiment of “always look your best” and generally I try to live by that.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

ellipticalorbit:  Obviously it’s totally fine for each person to wear or not wear makeup as they choose.  I guess I got more of a general feel from your post, like, it’s OK if you don’t want to, but you really should, it’s more feminine, you look better with makeup, it’s more professional, etc.  

It seemed like you were saying that you think everyone should do that.  

Post # 40
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Perthshire, Scotland

Kikibear:  No, no, that truly wasn’t my intention for it to sound that way so I hope this clarifies that. I really didn’t want to cause any contention, I should have been clearer that my view refers to my personal presenation and not any expectations / impressions of anyone else.

I think men and women in general should be best presented for their professional situation whatever that looks like – make up or no makeup. My fiance actually looks rather handsome in overalls whenever he’s onsite in their workshop 🙂 

I actually find it a real shame though that simple aesthetics do seem to evoke different reactions in the corporate world for me – I guess my slightly defeatest post was geared around me accepting that I am treated differently with a face full of makeup than I am otherwise. In my own admittance I play the game by complying and so the cycle continues.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Never ever. I work in Forestry so it rains, snows, I fall on my face, slather sunscreen on. I would end up looking ridiculous at the end of the day! Summer and early fall I actually almost never wear makeup at all. I have a nice healthy glow, sunbleached hair. Winter I totally wear makeup and think I look like hell without it. 

Honestly I think I would be embarassed to wear makeup to work, at least on a day I was in the field (which is most days). I used to be a treeplanter (turned a forest professional now) and rookie girls would show up on the first day with a full face of makeup… that didn’t last long. 

Post # 42
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Honey bee

Sucks that for women, being pulled together and professional means slapping makeup on. I say this as a makeup lover, by the way. I just hate the double standard. 

Post # 43
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Helper bee

ClaudiaKishi:  if make up is applied properly it will look professional – it doesn’t need to be ‘slapped on’!

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I don’t think it’s an expectation, but I do feel like I can’t “get away” with not wearing any makeup. No one is outright rude about it, but people will say things to me like “is everything ok?” or “are you sick?” Their comments are well intentioned, they just mistake my naked face as being sick/sad. I know this happens because people are just used to my made up face, but it does make me a little sad that I look unhealthy without the help of makeup.

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee

minimgonk:  totally missed the point.

 

GrannyPantiesRock:  me too! I feel like now because I wear it I am not allowed to stop. My boss asked me multiple times if I was sick because I stopped wearing lipstick. I have pale skin so my circles and blemishes show so much. I feel okay around people who didn’t meet me with make up on, but otherwise I feel awkward because its so noticeable. 

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