Women these days (men too) tend to get shamed for either wearing or not wearing makeup. “Too much” is apparently slutty while none is overly modest. It is a debate of whether wearing makeup makes you more attractive or not. Sure, everyone deserves to express themselves in their own way, but how does cosmetics transfer to workplace suitability?
At first glance, a woman wearing a professional amount of makeup may seem a better choice for a job. Perhaps they appear more “put together”, but can decisions be made solely on appearance? Studies seem to show that. A choice to not wear makeup should not have to interfere with a woman’s success, but there is a certain amount of crowd appeasement that needs to happen.
A woman cannot expect achievement without giving some extra effort. The difference may be small but has the potential to be significant. For example, in a hiring situation, if all requirements are met, the decision honestly may come down to looks and first impressions. On the other hand, employers should be able to recognize a woman’s preference to not wear makeup. But how do we know they will acknowledge it appropriately?
What do you think? Should women be expected to wear makeup to “boost” chances? If you aren’t sure how an employer will react, how can you ensure your prosperity in a qualified career?