More Than A Third Of Bosses Think Women In Their Offices Wear Too Much Make-up

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“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural”- Calvin Klein


According to a new poll, more than a third of bosses (both male and female) believe some of their female colleagues wear too much make-up to work. Bold lips (31%), over done eyes (28%) and blush (15%) were seen as the main sources for dislike. But then again, more than one in 10 (12%) bosses said they liked women to wear some make-up to work. However, nearly all said they believed wearing just a modest amount was suitable, the poll of 500 male and female bosses found.

An officebroker.com spokesman said: ‘Most of us try to look our best at work but sometimes people may go over the top to impress. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what one person likes, another may well hate but the common theme was that less really was more when it came to professional appearance. The bosses we spoke to had no problem with people making an effort to look good in the office, but sometimes had an issue with the quantity of make-up used.”

Obviously beauty is in the eye of a beholder as there was another study that concluded that make-up has the power to make you seem more competent, likeable, and trustworthy, and attractive, too – but it did find this power could easily be reversed if the woman wore an excessive amount of makeup. Participants found them less trustworthy (though more competent). This fits in with an earlier study that found that spending too much time on personal grooming can actually lead to a drop in earnings for women. Researchers on the earlier study said this could be because “researchers say it “may have to do with the negative stereotypes associated with an ‘overly groomed’ woman in the workplace.”

In a new series for The Financial Times called “Women In Finance,” Snjezana Maclean, an image consultant, said image is integral to a person’s “brand”. According to a Newsweek survey, 59% of hiring managers advised investing as much time and money on your appearance as you would crafting your résumé. But again it can be tricky to find that perfect middle ground between way too natural beauty and Joan Cusack’s character in Working Girl.

But here are a few tips to keep in mind from the experts at Glamour Magazine:


  • DON’T do fake lashes in the office.

  • DON’T fake-bake or test-drive any complexion-changing beauty product on weekdays.

  • DON’T do the frosted or glittery lip look.

  • DON’T fixate on embellishing up to your eyebrows.

  • DON’T wear dark makeup.

  • DO have a pretty, pinkish neutral lip color always on hand.

  • DO go easy on the mascara.

  • DO master the faux-glow makeup look.

  • DO add polish to your beauty look with a little liner.

  • DO go easy on the eyeshadow.

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