Just how important is it that women wear make-up to work? The answer is simple. With the right application and used in correct situations, a woman wearing make-up in a professional environment is undeniably important. Applying make-up will positively affect the perception others will have on her.
Wearing makeup is considered the finishing touches in the grooming process, and ranges from light and natural to heavy and dramatic. A woman who reports to work without putting any effort into her appearance from the neck up will be seen as incomplete in her grooming therefore raising the question in the minds of others about her thoroughness in completing other aspects of her work.
In an article published on 12 October 2011 in the New York Times entitled, Up the Career Ladder, Lipstick in Hand, Catherine Saint Louis said that “wearing makeup—but not gobs of Gaga-conspicuous makeup—apparently can help. It increases people’s perceptions of a woman’s likeability, her competence provided she does not over do it and her trustworthiness, according to a new study. The same study also confirmed the obvious: that cosmetics boost a woman’s attractiveness.” To read more of this interesting article, please head over to this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/fashion/makeup-makes-women-appear-more-competent-study.html?_r=0
This “attractiveness” in the workplace has stirred up quite a bit of controversy but remember that the quality of anyone’s work doesn’t depend on their appearance. There are just professionals that are looking for ways to best represent the quality of the work they do. Wearing an appropriate amount of makeup represents an attention to detail
A woman’s appearance simply must be appropriate for the time, the place, her role at work and her goals. It would be just as inappropriate for a female firefighter to rush to the scene of a life and death situation with long artificial fingernails, glamour makeup and perfectly coiffed hair as it would be for a female executive of a fortune 500 company to deliver annual earnings at a stock holders meeting looking as though she rolled out of bed, and put on a suit without brushing her hair or applying a little makeup.