There has been a lot of attention on women wearing makeup to work this week since pictures of Hillary Clinton surfaced wearing only a little bit of lipstick (gasp!) Hillary said “If I want to wear my glasses I’m wearing my glasses. If I want to pull my hair back, I’m pulling my hair back. At some point it’s just not something that deserves a whole lot of time and attention,” she told CNN. “If others want to worry about it, I’ll let them do the worrying for a change.”
Grindstone contributor Ruth Graham thought Hil’s bare face was a great power move. “Hillary Clinton has officially, without a doubt, become one of the most powerful people in the world. Because only the most powerful people can ditch fashion norms and get away with it,” she wrote. But not all of us are as powerful as Hillary and may feel pressure to wear makeup, especially if we work in an industry like fashion or sales. We have written about studies that show too much makeup can you look not competent but a lack of makeup can also work as a negative.
But again, it probably really depends on your office environment. If you work in a startup with three other people you may not spend too much time on makeup. If you work in sales or advertising you may consider doing your makeup for an hour every morning as part of your job requirement. And if you’re a doctor, you may have had makeup on when you started your day but you’re not sure what happened because you’ve been working for 20 hours. So we want to know how much makeup you wear to work?
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