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Should Women Be Required to Wear Make-Up at Work?


Do Women Have To Wear Cosmetics To Be Socially Acceptable in the Workplace?

Make-Up, Yes or No?

A woman who goes out without cosmetics on her face is viewed as "letting herself go" or "not taking care in her appearance" by many in our culture. If she goes to a job interview with a face free of makeup she may be seen as sloppy or unprofessional, even when it comes to jobs that don't involve dealing with or entertaining the public. Some women in America can legally be fired for failure to wear the stuff to work!

While many supporters of mandatory make-up claim wearing it makes them feel good about themselves, I think they wouldn't feel bad about themselves when their faces are squeaky clean if our culture didn't pressure them to wear it in the first place. It's just a kind of ritual face-painting peculiar to our culture, at its roots it's intended to improve sexual appeal.

I also think that it's mostly women who put pressure on women to use it rather than men preferring that they put on cosmetics.

What do you think?

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My Personal Experience with this Crazy Idea

Why should I wear make-up if I don't want to?

At one place of employment here in West Michigan I was approached by my employer and taken aside. She told me that I needed to take care of my appearance to fit with the shop's image.

I had no idea what she meant. I showered daily, ironed my clothes, brushed and flossed, and kept my hair neatly styled and groomed. I said as much to her. She seemed angry that she had to explain but she told me she meant make-up. She insisted on at least eyeliner and lipstick when I rebelled at the idea of foundation. No way was I going to use foundation! And at the time, I had the most lovely skin. It's still pretty nice, but back then it was (aside from two small scars, one by my eye and one in my eyebrow) flawless. I can't imagine why she even suggested it! Why should I wear make-up if I don't even feel I need it and don't like what it does to my skin? But the fact is, my boss told me that putting on face paint was required to look professional.

This occurred back in the nineties, but apparently that sort of pressure and discrimination still exists in the 21st century.

I've never since had anyone tell me I had to put on make-up to keep a job but I've had some pretty heavy handed hints come my way at two other places of employment since. Not too long ago, I read a news story in which a woman took her employer to court for being required to use make-up on the job and her employer won the suit. So I decided to write a page about this unpleasant side of something that should just be a personal choice and not a mandate.

What's Your Opinion? Is It OK To Require Women To Wear Make-Up at Work? - I think it's ridiculous, sexist, and weird but if you disagree feel free to say why

Please, no swearing in comments, this is a family friendly webpage. Any curse words, however mild, will result in unpublished comments even if I agree with what you have to say. So keep it clean as a freshly scrubbed face and you'll get to have your say.

[added July, 19, 2013]

I realize that some of you have very strong feelings on this issue but I ask you to (pretty please with sugar on top) avoid using profanity in these comment sections. I really can't publish your comments that include all those swear words. It's been such a bummer that I can't publish some really good comments I've been getting because of the language used in them.

Do You Think Women Should Be Required to Use Cosmetics in the Workplace?

Ladies, If It Were Always Socially Acceptable, Would You Go Without Using Cosmetics?

Men, Do You Prefer Women to Wear It?

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If you must put stuff on your face, willingly or not, these guides offer excellent advice on which products are safe and cruelty free.

Quotes From Some Men About Women Wearing Make-Up

"I want to see what's real."

"It might make you look better, but it tastes AWFUL!"

"I don't think woman should put so much stress on wearing make-up... be happy with yourself.. you are beautiful."

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"Why do women wear makeup, anyway?"

Is it necessary for women to put pigments onto their faces? Or is it socially acceptable to face the world with a clean face?

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How Do You Feel About Making People Wear Make-Up? - Should women wear cosmetics because they are made to feel they have to?

BetheChange on October 03, 2018:

I admit to looking better with makeup. No longer young, but still have blemishes so have to cover those...then they leave "light spots" so have to cover them with foundation I have zero color on my face so need to add it back with blush, eyeshadow, etc. If I had flawless skin and no hereditary undereye circles I would go without. If I don't wear it people constant say "Boy, you look so TIRED!"

It's annoying that my husband can jump out of bed, throw on clothes and be out the door while I have to spend hours every week on make-up application/removal and hair styling. Would love some equity in this department.

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on January 24, 2016:

I'm definitely on the same page. Since I've been working from home, I've actually developed an enjoyment for using makeup, probably because it's no longer an obligation or even an expectation. It should be our choice unless we've chosen a position like acting in which it's part of the job.

Ginny on January 23, 2016:

I love makeup, particularly eye shadow. It's enjoyable applying bright and colorful shadows. I'm lucky my job is dependent on my abilities and I can save playing around with cosmetics for the weekend.

It's very time consuming applying a full face, finding the right foundation (that doesn't a cause a reaction or turns orange), and affording to repurchase everything over and over. Men and women both must spend money on nice clothing but good clothes last years. Good makeup expires in the same time frame as cheap makeup.

This doesn't even get into the damage wearing some products everyday can do. The face needs to breath. Lashes need time to grow.

I really do think it should be a choice in most cases. The exception would be places where both men and women are required to wear it. Such as in theatre, where the harsh lights cause the face to look flat without makeup.

Sanxuary on December 03, 2014:

Being required to wear make up is ridiculous. Oddly it was probably a woman who said that. It's a lot like Jewelry, the guys never notice but the girls all talk about it. The fact that a girl wears make up or not tells me absolutely nothing about her as a person.

anonymous on July 14, 2013:

I wonder if this is peculiar to the US. I am 59 and live in the UK. I have gone without makeup for most of my life. Occasionally, I used it in my previous employment when I was giving a very high-level talk to important representatives of government and industry. However, the reason for doing so was that I felt it provided me a mask behind which I could hide. I never wore makeup for work otherwise. On very rare occasions, I have worn it in private life. To be honest, I consider it too much of a drag to mess around with applying various colours to my face all the time. Where I live in Wales, I reckon a minority of women I see in the streets are wearing makeup. I go several years at a time without buying new makeup and still have almost untouched stuff that is more than ten years old!

anonymous on June 23, 2013:

I am under doctors orders NOT to wear make-up! I have sensitive eyes and make-up irritates them. No eye shadow, no eye-liner, no mascara, even foundation (creams & powders) bother me. I use to wear it until this happened. But I found a "new" beauty within myself without wearing it. I wish people wouldn't judge people so harshly. :(

anonymous on June 22, 2013:

I think it is all in our heads. I have never worn makeup and I have a responsible position at work. I am nearly 60 an I get taken for 40......

anonymous on June 20, 2013:

Why can't people accept other people's natural appearance? Our eyelids aren't gray, green or lila by nature, our lips aren't burgundy red or glossy pink. Why should we have to change it?For myself, there is no way I'm going to use makeup. I suffer from allergy and the last time I tried makeup was well over 10 years ago. (I'm 32.) I write "last" and I mean "last" - no event is going to force me to wear makeup, I don't even have any lipsticks, eyeliners and such stuff.In my opinion I look acceptable, but never fabulous because my allergy is incurable and it leaves its traces on my skin. But I'm definitely not going to make it yet worse.Fortunately, I work at home (I'm a translator), so I'm not bound by any dress code. And I'm quite radical in my rebellion against obligatory attractiveness and sex appeal - not only makeup, but also high heels, deep necklines, miniskirts and leg shaving are "no way" for me. My mother only doesn't accept the last, but she won't force my anyway...Yup, I prefer to look nice enough, but I don't want to be sexy or attractive to men - I'm asexual. And I believe that it's enough to look tidy and proper (NO to bare chests in the street or hot pants exposing buttocks) - but other than that, how you dress and beautify yourself should be a matter of personal choice and not gender. Yes, I also strongly support men's right to wear skirts and other "feminine" clothes.

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

Call me crazy, but I actually like how I look without makeup on. I put it on for formal events so I don't feel out of place, but otherwise I almost never use it. I'm 17, have very clear skin, and have good hygiene. What would I need it for? If somebody would like me better with it on, I don't want anything to do with them.I like this blog a lot. It makes me feel better after recently watching a news panel discussing photos of celebs without makeup. The men were all talking about how ugly the females were and how desperately they needed makeup to look good enough to go outside. It was depressing, and I was about to start caking the stuff on. We as a society need to get over this sexist idea.

Kylyssa Shay (author) from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA on June 04, 2013:

@anonymous: I agree. I'm especially heartened by the attitudes I'm seeing among the younger people commenting on this page. Maybe we'll get lucky and the sexist attitude that women only have value according to their sexual attractiveness will die off eventually.

anonymous on June 03, 2013:

I think that the idea that "women must wear make-up" is part of valuing women primarily for their physical appearance and thus sexist and demeaning. If a woman keeps her hair reasonably groomed, takes a shower every day, doesn't smell, etc. etc. then there shouldn't be a problem. I'm slightly saddened to read about women who perpetuate this form of sexism to their daughters, and happy when I read posts from young women who aren't buying into the whole thing. Personally, I feel lucky that I am in a position where I would walk if an employer told me I "had" to wear make-up.

anonymous on May 23, 2013:

Personally I always try to look my best, and to me that means no makeup! I have pretty good skin and am comfortable in it, and I have pretty terrible artistic drawing skills that only serve to make application messy and the end result looking awful - no matter how much practice I get. I don't want to be forced to look awful or to wear itchy gunk on my face. And besides, I can't afford it. I haven't picked a career where makeup is needed (geology) so if anyone tried to tell me I must, I'd pretty much be telling them to shove it. My body, my rules, and I know how to scrub myself up so I look the best I can look. Why is it that people who don't put makeup on are picked on more for looking unprofessional than people who put it on very badly?

anonymous on May 19, 2013:

I only wear make up when I feel like it. I usually go without!

Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on April 20, 2013:

What an interesting topic. I ditched my entire makeup box a few years ago after doing research on the dangers of cosmetic ingredients. I don't believe anything that toxic should ever be compulsory.

anonymous on April 09, 2013:

@ a girl in realityI actually take care of myself physically, so I naturally look healthy without makeup. Just because YOU look like an "ashed face broad that hasn't slept in a few weeks" doesn't mean all women do without makeup. I'm sorry you look so $%!##!, maybe you should be more considerate of how you're treating your body.

anonymous on March 25, 2013:

I use a little eye makeup every once in a while. My mom made me start wearing makeup in my teen years, she wanted to make sure I learned how to do it correctly (not looking like I fell into it) before I moved out. After I learned how to apply it tastefully, she said she didn't care if I wore it or not. I like to look professional, but makeup depends on what I feel like.

anonymous on January 27, 2013:

I voted "other." As a rule, I don't wear makeup. I only do it for super fancy events. When I get a new job or go to an interview, I wear it. Then, I establish myself as being good at my job and part of the team. After that, I stop wearing it. I think it's crap that we have to spend all of that time and money on makeup. The solution? I just stopped spending all of that time and money on makeup.When I was in high school, I took at least 2 hours to get ready to go anywhere. I did the makeup, the professional hair appointments, and the whole nine yards. I felt very insecure if I went out with even a smudge in my eyeliner. If I didn't have time to get ready, I just didn't go out. That changed when I went to a women's college. I realized that I was only wearing it to attract men. No men = no one to attract = no makeup. I never got back into the habit again and I am also no longer anxious about my appearance if I spy a slight imperfection in the mirror. The lack of makeup is actually quite liberating!

anonymous on January 17, 2013:

I voted OTHER above on whether I would go without makeup if it was socially acceptable.... because I go without makeup already... and they can't make me!!!!

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

@hamshi5433: "it just helps people feel good about themselves"Therein lies the problem.

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Blah blah and I still look like I'm in high school and I don't know any women who wear make up that do.... (37)

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Most women into make up aren't very smart. Most of the bad grammar and spelling is coming from women who are pro make up. That's why they care so much about their looks. They don't have anything else going on for them.

anonymous on January 09, 2013:

@anonymous: If I make MORE money cleaning than the office creeps pay... you betcha! Where do they expect me to get the money for all this facial grease when they pay less than the cheapest rent? Oh and I don't look "ash faced" without make up on, maybe since I haven't ruined my skin with it. These 12 year old beauty and dancing divas have worse skin WITH make up on than I do and I'm 37. Also, I happen to think make up looks gross and I'd rather not look at someone's greasepaint floating on oil. Plus, ashy face? these women who make their eyes black with eye shadow and mascara to me look like the haven't slept or maybe got punched out. Yet, women wear that look to work all the time. Shaving doesn't ruin a man's skin. Finally, shouldn't you be focusing on BUSINESS at a meeting, not the other women's make up choices?

anonymous on January 04, 2013:

I work in a male-dominated field. Most of the women almost never wear makeup, and I only do it when I feel like really dressing up. So girls: who cares! Try it. Look at the poll above. Most guys don't care (and the ones who do will probably end up dating someone who wears more makeup than you ever will).

anonymous on December 22, 2012:

@anonymous: I also agree with you 100%.

anonymous on December 22, 2012:

@anonymous: Haha I loved reading your comment! And I completely agree. I don't wear make up and I don't look like a zombie.

anonymous on December 09, 2012:

Make-up is how I tell which women are insecure, even some of the really pretty ones cake it on all over. As a man it will always be a childish and confusing fad. I blame parents, bosses, friends. No woman would wear make-up if it weren't for someone close to them making a big deal of it at some point, giving them makeovers and telling them how much better they look.If 90% of men started wearing padded muscle shirts and bulge pants, women would have no choice but to accept it in a potential mate. Some men would only have a little padding, and when complimented on their natural look, would exclaim "Ha! that's really a sock down there! But now I know that you just focus on my body, you don't care about my personality!" Men would have to try harder and harder to outdo each-other, and women would try to avoid "the fakes" at all cost.Oh wait, we live in the other universe.

anonymous on November 11, 2012:

Maybe it sounds weird, but whenever I apple makeup, I feel less confident! The makeup does make me look prettier than I really am and that's the main reason why it makes me feel sad. It's not what I truly look like and I know I'm never going to look that way. It's like looking at a long-cherished wish that can never come true. After taking off makeup, I feel worse than before.

anonymous on November 08, 2012:

Women should decide for themselves but I do truly believe they don't need it. If they did then so would lol to make me look better looking but saying that is one thing but in today's society I would be deemed strange and people of the same gender might take a liking to me. Think of it this way ladies, try putting make up on a flower, you will find that you are covering up the beauty that flower holds. Now think of this, you are that flower with beauty, do you really want to cover it up only to impress men and other women who hint that you should have it. I just hope when I meet that special someone that she takes pride in her existing beauty and not spoil what he already has:P

DeboraR on October 24, 2012:

I have loved makeup since I was a little girl. I love everything about it; applying it, buying it, smelling it, looking at it, how much better I look with it on, etc. I think makeup makes every woman look prettier to some degree. I like it for dressing up but on days when I'm at home I choose to have a clean face. However, I believe, to each her own. It should be a choice and let that choice be acceptable to society

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

Make up can be a sign of vanity or a reflection of femininity. As a jock (hockey!!!) it's irrelevant to me. When I'm hanging out at the ice rink, people are wearing helmets, fact masks, padding...what's the point of looking good? Taking a bath is good enough to prove you take care of yourself.

maryLuu on September 02, 2012:

Very interesting lens!I don't always wear make-up when I go out. I feel very fine without it. I only put it on on special occasions. I rather have my skin clean and let it breath.

theallin1writer on August 31, 2012:

Such an interesting lens, thank you for sharing.

anonymous on August 19, 2012:

I don't see why girls should wear make-up if guys don't. I mean, guys get acne, the same as girls do but they don't put a whole layer of foundation or powder on their faces.

anonymous on July 28, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you for your encouragement, Nelly, you speak the truth and it made me feel awesome-for God loves us just as we are....

Heidi from Benson, IL on July 26, 2012:

Any job that would require me to wear makeup isn't one I would want anyway. I'm happy just not wasting time on my appearance since I rarely put myself in situations where it's going to matter.

kburns421 lm on July 21, 2012:

No!!! I'm wearing a significant amount of makeup in my profile picture, but that's because it was for a performance gig. That's the ONLY time I wear makeup, and I would not appreciate being forced to wear makeup for any other job. I do feel it's required when are a performer, but other jobs should not require it, and society in general should not pressure women into it.

anonymous on July 18, 2012:

I'm a 19 year old girl, and I rarely wear make up. It's not that I don't like it, or that I am allergic to it, I just don't want to spend time on it. when I do wear it, it adds 15-25minutes to my morning routine. I think so long as your face is clean, and your hair is neat, then you should be fine without it.

anonymous on July 10, 2012:

I'm 18 an I used to wear make up a lot. to school and when I went out, but now i've come to realise that I don't actually like it. It makes me feel worse about myself as it makes me feel as though i'm only wearing it because I have to. It also makes me feel that people are not accepting the real me. My boyfriend expects all women to wear make up.. well I think I can decide for myself!

anonymous on July 04, 2012:

I am a twenty-year-old male, I do not think women should wear make up. I absolutely hate everything about it.

anonymous on July 02, 2012:

@anonymous: That's right. I'm a 15 yr old female i don't wear make up at all. People say i'm pretty without it. God Bless You

anonymous on July 02, 2012:

I'm 15 and don't wear it at all. I don't need make up to make be pretty, or to get a guys attention or to fit in. Women don't have to either. Don't listen to society media or magazines. It's obvious they are influencing you. Don't let them. God Bless You

anonymous on June 28, 2012:

@anonymous: Excuse me, but when I don't have make up on, I don't look like a zombie, I still look good. Maybe you look that way, but you shouldn't speak for all women. Sure, men have to shave but so do we. It's not fair in every way, men has pressured women into doing many things against their will. Being a young woman, I think it's about time that we stand up for ourselves. If we both do the same thing, why are women still getting paid less. Sorry, but not every girl wants to be a man's fuck toy. Reality can be changed, so please don't be a pathetic dumb whore.

melissiaoliver on June 28, 2012:

I don't wear much makeup unless it's for a social occasion or an interview. In daily life, I find that it is perfectly acceptable to go without makeup. To me, it's not about whether society deems it proper that I wear make-up or not, but how it makes me feel. If I need a little foundation to help smooth my skin tone for a job interview then so be it. But it's my choice, and I think if women spent some time thinking about what's important to them they wouldn't feel so pressured to wear make-up if they didn't want to.

anonymous on June 23, 2012:

I started to wear make up at 36, after being dumped by my husband (10 years of marriage, we also have kids), because I do not try to look attractive (according to glossy magazines standards).I always thought that beauty means being healthy and feeling good about myself. I didn't neglect my appearance, I went to gym at least 3 times a week, I eat healthy food, I am slim and well, I look ten years younger than my actual age..But apparently none of those matter.So I started this month to wear make up (I think I already spent more than $1000 because I started from zero! And I still need a lot of stuff to look like a .. I'm not sure what I'll look like in the end).I feel it's extremely frustrating to force myself into a different image.But I'm doing it to see if I was truly wrong all my life.. I found out men are really sensitive to make up (not only my husband, but generally). I feel disappointed. I feel I'm not valued as a human being, but reduced to an image.(I appologise for any writing error, I'm not an English speaker)

anonymous on June 18, 2012:

@ Makeittymake "We dye our hair,imagine if most of us didn't."you are right. people might actually look normal.

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

"We dye our hair"? No, we don't, not all of us. I can't be bothered. And I'm not taking time out of my day to daub on warpaint, either. Life is too short.

anonymous on June 12, 2012:

Make up is choice. But I feel once a women reaches 30 + it is absolutely necessary. The saying 'that beauty fades' rings true as you get older,quite literally too. Your brows become thiner, your complexion is not so even as it use to be, your lips are not as defined...etc etc. Your get my point. Wearing doesn't mean you're hiding but rather enhancing. Just like anything else, practice makes perfect. There definitely an art to wearing make up, just like dressing,styling. I really don't know what the big deal is. We dye our hair,imagine if most of us didn't. Some of us would look beyond or years. Make up is really our I say don't be afraid you know you look much better with it,than without. Stop fooling yourself. Amen to make up...! Ps don't leave home without it. And get professional help if need be. That's my story and I am sticking to it!

Heather B on June 10, 2012:

I only wear make-up when I go out for a very special occasion. I hate the stuff!

OliviaDaughter LM on June 07, 2012:

I wear makeup daily, I love a natural look, not overly done. I am interesting in reading about cruelty free makeup.

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on May 19, 2012:

I used to wear mascara, but I am sensitive to it and my eyes turn red when I wear it. Not very attractive at all. If someone puts it on me, I'll wear it, otherwise, I don't know how to apply it.

anonymous on May 18, 2012:

Personally, I have never worn makeup and I think that it is a disgrace that women are forced to wear it, particularly in the workplace. I don't wear makeup because I have accepted my true self and I think having a clean face is more natural than having to wear a mask. We are merely being treated like the phantom who has to hide behind a mask of makeup so to conceal our real beauty and so we don't be harshly judged by "our western culture" for being individuals and wielding our right to make choices. Besides, what are most of these makeup products really made of, or where they come from? Most of them are made up of harsh chemicals that could be responsible for some cancers and that can damage our skin and may even accelerate the aging process. But the real reason why women are required to wear makeup is because of money. The big cosmetic companies would not be making millions each year if there was such an enormous amount of public pressure placed on women to buy their products. But in the end, what does it really do for women? Our real beauty comes from within us and when we see this and accept our true, natural selves and love it, then we are beautiful on the outside. At the end of the day, it is our choice whether we wear makeup or not. It's nobody's elses right to make that decision for us except ourselves.

anonymous on May 11, 2012:

Are men feel obliged to paint colors and contours on their faces? No, because that would look silly and waste their time. That's how I feel about makeup for me, a woman. I can't be bothered wasting my time with it. Also, I do not want to use my face as a coloring book. No thank you.

Rose Jones on April 25, 2012:

Very interesting lens, pinned to my board "My style." I like your emphasis on cruelty free makeup if you choose to wear it.

SteveKaye on April 16, 2012:

Natural faces are quite attractive. And too much makeup makes someone look like a circus act.

anonymous on April 12, 2012:

I don't think it's necessary and believe it' wasteful, but I wouldn't judge someone for wearing just as I wouldn't want to be judged for not.

anonymous on March 16, 2012:

Whether a female wears makeup or not has no effect on how healthy she looks.

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

Coming from a 17 year old guy, make up does NOT make you more attractive, ladies. Confidence does. Women who can step out and believe they are beautiful just the way they are and not care what others think of their appearance is appealing. For that reason, I think I have to say I am definitely more attracted to women who wear no (or very minimum) make up rather than those with dramatic colors and all that junk. Yes, women can look strikingly dramatic and eyecatching when wearing make up, but more than half of the time I think the natural woman is most breathtaking. I guess, in a way, I feel like seeing a woman's natural beauty makes her more "real" to me. It's a bit silly, I guess, seeing as I know a lot of great, "real" gals who wear make up, but on a level of sexual interest, I suppose it makes me feel level with her. Personally, I'd be content with reestablishing the tradition when the only women who wore make up were entertainers (meaning actresses... or entertainers of the sexual kind...).

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

It's one thing if make-up is being used to conceal an obvious blemish which could cause an awkward atmosphere. (Scars, pimples, etc. It's sad, but companies need their employees to look clean). It's another if it's just for the purpose of looking feminine, sexy, beautiful, whatever. That's simply crazy.

anonymous on February 28, 2012:

@Craftyville: Actually, now-a-days they have non pore clogging makeup with beneficial minerals as well as sun screen. So before you assume all makeup is unhealthy, do a bit of research. Cheers.

anonymous on February 28, 2012:

From a fellow female, all I can say is suck it up. Men have to shave and groom their hair regularly so that the company they work for is presented in a positive light, that light being the presentable image and sophistication of their workers. No one wants to sit in a 2 hour business meeting with an ashed faced broad who looks as if she hadn't slept in a week. Sorry charlie but contrary to your own beliefs, THAT'S what you look like without makeup on. This is not television where everyone looks fresh faced and silky smooth 24/7. This is life. So either slap on some tinted moisturizer, some gloss, and even a bit of mascara before heading off to that nice comfy desk job. Or go find a job cleaning tables at mcdonalds. I'm sure your boss wont care what you look like there..Sincerely - Reality.

etremity on February 20, 2012:

Interesting topic (:For more on What women want

anonymous on January 18, 2012:

I have no complaint if a woman uses a touch of makeup to cover a zit or a blemish. My real gripe is the horrible way women paint the environment of their eyes. Blondes should never have black eyelashes, and even brunettes shouldn't use eye-liner or phony eyelashes (which makes their eyelashes look like the thick woolly legs of a black centipede, or something revoltingly insect-like. Why look like a side-show freak and fancy you look beautiful?

Heather Bradford from Canada on January 18, 2012:

I have never used makeup and I feel quite happy with my avatar (which by the way was taken by my husband). I don't feel plain, pale or blah! I loved the comment that someone mentioned about having good skin from the inside out and having to work at it a little more. I personally love the look of an ageing woman, like my mom, with greying hair and a peaceful smiling demeanour. Much better than clogged wrinkles, perms and blue rinse. I read a readers digest article once about a woman who logged 2 profiles on a dating site... one all made up and the other completely natural (make up, hair etc). Guess which one got the most hits?! By far!

norma-holt on January 15, 2012:

It appears that I might have been here before but forgot to rate it. You have done a wonderful subject here and I am with you all the way. *Blessed* and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

anonymous on January 15, 2012:

Every time I see your avatar with your beautiful skin I think of this lens and wonder about your experience....may we appreciate natural beauty....returning with a blessing.

sidther lm on January 15, 2012:

I think it is better to face the world with a clean face. I clicked "I'll explain below" for the question about would I wear it if it was socially acceptable. I would probably wear a teeny bit on my eyes because I love how it feels to apply it- after it's on I don't like it any more, but I do love applying it!

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on January 11, 2012:

I wore very light makeup most of the time when I was in the working world, but never at home on the weekends and ... since retirement .... I gave up wearing makeup, as never liked it anyway. :) My mother continued to wear (too much) makeup into her 80s and it always looked unnatural on her. That's probably why I preferred to NOT wear it.

sybelle on January 03, 2012:

Once in a while, for a very definite purpose I will wear makeup. I have a five minute makeup routine and perfected a face changing routine that can be as long as 2 hours. Contrary to my mother's opinion, I did not like all the goop on my face... it made me sweat with the resulting make up becoming streaked and smeared. UGLY!However, once I saw a play where the actresses face was so artfully transformed by makeup that you could not recognize her face anymore and what's more, you could not tell she had makeup on! WOW... So I learned how to change my face with makeup... it can be used to make you more beautiful or to make you look sick and haggard. Try it next time you are called for jury duty!Learn to use makeup as a tool. Don't let the use or lack of use of it rule your belief system.Good post, thanks!

Craftyville on December 24, 2011:

I don't wear makeup and my face thanks me for it everyday, hehe. Wearing make up is not healthy for the skin and makes some women look much older.

anonymous on November 27, 2011:

I entirely agree with hamshi5433. I love eyeliner, sometimes mascara, and a little gloss, but I really hate concealer. >_

anonymous on November 17, 2011:

I clicked Other because I already don't wear it

Nicole Pellegrini from New Jersey on November 15, 2011:

On rare/special occasions, I'll wear some make-up, but I really prefer not to. I know it covers up some blemishes but honestly I find it very uncomfortable (plus it rubs off onto clothing and napkins and everything). I also feel very awkward wearing it as I never really learned how to do make-up "properly". But then, the idea of spending a half-hour every morning "putting on my face" just seems like such a waste of time when I have so much more interesting and better things to do. I'm glad my partner couldn't care less about whether I wear make-up or not - it's one of the things I love about him. Great lens on a great topic!

aquarian_insight on November 14, 2011:

I like to wear make up, but I also like to not wear make up at times. For me it's the same as wearing a nice dress or outfit compared to lounging in jeans and a t-shirt. It honestly depends on my mood. I think there are very few professions that would genuinely require you to actually wear make up.

hamshi5433 on November 11, 2011:

A little bit of eye liner and warm lipstick colors are fine. Wearing makeup is not a crime, it just helps people feel good about themselves but no one should be told or forced to wear it if they don't want to. The same way, no one should be told or forced not to wear makeup. its their free will! As long as they still look beautiful with the make up and not like they just dipped their face in a bowl of foundation, its perfectly fine. :)

KingLobster LM on October 31, 2011:

Makeup on women is not attractive at all to me. I really don't understand the appeal at all. This is not some "everyone is beautiful just the way they are" speech, I really just don't like it. Women are much more attractive without all of the fakeness of makeup.

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

In the comment below. I listed my selfish heterosexual male reasons for not liking makeup on women. I apologize if these views come off as being crude or insensitive - I'm just trying to be honest! :)I realize that many (if not most) women understand that makeup does not necessarily make them more attractive to males, and that many (if not most) women do not wear makeup specifically to impress men. However, many do believe that they are at a disadvantage in the mate-selection game if they don't wear makeup. That's why I'm being so up-front about how makeup can be a turn-off!Some men will say that they prefer makeup on women. I can suggest two possibilities for this:1. They are poorly equipped with instinctive girl-watching abilities, and thus have to rely on social norms of "beauty" to judge a female's (physical) attractiveness as a mate.2. They place a high value on conformity to social norms, especially regarding appearance. Men looking for a "trophy wife" or "trophy girlfriend" might fall into this category.Also, inner beauty is so under-rated these days, but that's a whole other topic. ;)

anonymous on October 06, 2011:

I think it's sad that so many women and girls feel compelled to wear makeup. Makeup does not improve your natural biological beauty - it only makes it harder to see. That's why men like me, who are instinctively programmed to recognize visual cues of fertility and reproductive fitness in females, dislike or are at least ambivalent toward makeup - it interferes with our natural girl-watching abilities!While makeup does not improve or enhance on your natural beauty (but rather hides it), it does attest to your ability to recognize and conform to arbitrary social norms (this is the "beauty" that is being referred to in cosmetics ads). If it was the norm for women to wear large bones in their noses, then we would hear about women wearing the bones to look "pretty," or because they care about their appearance, or that they feel "ugly" or "naked" without the bone. The bones obviously have nothing to do with your true beauty.However, being able to conform to such norms communicates that you are not mentally retarded, since a mentally retarded woman may not be able to understand such norms, or be able to learn to apply the makeup to her face (or bone to her nose). On the other hand, a highly intelligent woman would be more likely to recognize such conventions as silly and frivolous, and would be more likely to refuse to participate. Thus, it seems to me that makeup wearing is strongly indicative of average intelligence, and that a male seeking an intelligent woman should look elsewhere.So, two reasons makeup is a turnoff for me:1. Interferes with my ability to appreciate your natural beauty.2. Indicates excessive conformity and lack of high intelligence.(Also, it is fake and superficial. Being disingenuous is an unattractive quality.)

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on September 20, 2011:

If I could find the most natural sort of make up, I MIGHT wear it!! Sometimes!! ****Blessed****

nuestraherencia on September 20, 2011:

Sometimes I like to wear make-up, other times I don't. I am however pretty worn out from some people who are just neighbors who constantly tell me that I should wear make-up "to make my husband happy..." sigh Of course, my husband says he could care's the women and men in the neighborhood who feel that if you don't wear make-up as a woman, that your husband has a right to find someone else because "you are not taking care of yourself." Pretty sad. It actually torments me and wears me out to leave my house because I am so tired of the constant "harassment" about it...

anonymous on August 31, 2011:

@anonymous: I agree with you 100%. I don't like makeup at all I think its fake no matter how much or little you wear there's a difference when you take it off and that is not you! But its also quite interesting that with makeup aside we have all these different things to make us change how we appear. For instance of course there's plastic surgery, but then there's also anti aging creams that get rid of wrinkles and all that stuff. Technically, using these creams means you don't like how you look naturally with age. You want to look different, you want to look "better" or look how you used to 10 years ago. That doesn't seem very logical. So at the end of the day, yes makeup is the most common thing that we see when women want to look good, but in our society competing with other women and trying to fit the social "norm" does not only end/start with makeup, but is around a wide range of products. Women just have the desire to look their best (compared with other women) and therefore feel their best.

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on August 15, 2011:

Personally, I prefer women without make-up or with the least amount of make-up. I don't know what's wrong in being as natural as possible. It seems more and more, people are becoming artificial inside and out, it's saddening, but true. At the least, there should be no requirement for women to wear make-up, besides, most cosmetics contain high levels of chemicals in them that can have adverse effects on the human body. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

InquisitiveOne LM on August 13, 2011:

Wow. I rarely wear make-up. What's wrong with just being who you are, how you are, and how you want to be? Why should anyone else dictate your personal choices about your own body?

anonymous on August 12, 2011:

I don't understand the deal with makeup. I'll take natural beauty over a mask any day. To me putting on makeup is like admitting you find yourself ugly and don't accept yourself for who you are. I never wear makeup and it hasn't stopped men from being attracted to me. I wish our society could stop giving women complexes, I'm tired of everyone thinking they're ugly because they think they should look like an air brushed super model.

anonymous on July 27, 2011:

I get so annoyed at the excuses people make about why women "should" wear makeup. One of the most common pro-makeup comments I see are "it enhances your natural beauty" and/or "it enhances your best features." So then I guess these people are outright, blatantly admitting that it's fake "beauty." If natural beauty is already there, why cover it with a mask to corrupt it into unnatural beauty? Same goes for our "best features." If you already have great eyes or lips or cheeks or whatever, why ruin it with chemical-laden crap?If you look at lists like "The 100 Hottest Women" or other similarly-titled articles, you will not see one woman that looks even remotely natural; she will inevitably be caked with makeup to the point where she looks like a living doll, and then she will be "enhanced" further by Photoshopping every hint of "imperfection." This is the "standard" of beauty women are expected to live up to. This, in turn, makes women feel like they need to emulate these looks and go to great lengths to achieve it by wasting time and money they could be using on other things.Okay, okay, I might be overreacting a bit. I don't mind if a woman chooses to do it for herself. But does *every* woman *really* choose it for "herself?" Media and society are two things that affect us the most, so unless we were to remove makeup as the "standard" of beauty from those, we'll never truly know.

Jessi from United States on July 19, 2011:

Interesting lens - good job!

Addy Bell on July 18, 2011:

I wear light make-up for job interviews, and sometimes when I go out. Basically it amounts to a few times a year. It's fun to put on, but I have to be careful rubbing my eyes or touching my face at all, and then it's a pain to take off. Most days i go without, and nobody seems bothered.

anonymous on July 04, 2011:

The beauty lies in natural look but some people make unnecessary fuss just to keep there point or to just harass. Remy Hair Extensions

anonymous on May 26, 2011:

Its interesting to read the comments on here since I last stopped by. I have to laugh at MarkUpshaw's question. I wear very little to no markup, which is a but of a change from when I was young.

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

of course not everypone can choose if they want to wear make-up or not, it's their choice and no one should change their way of thinking.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on May 12, 2011:

I generally wear makeup but recently did an article on the dangerous products in make-up which I found a little scary. It's amazing what we discover when we start researching a topic. Best wishes.

Marina K on April 23, 2011:

I don't wear makeup because it's so time consuming and often doesn't look good. I also don't wear high heels, as I hate feeling unbalanced.I'm lucky to be in a career that doesn't require looking "presentable". The only person who ever comments about my lack of makeup and heels is my mother.

anonymous on March 31, 2011:

I am not an ugly woman. I have long naturally curly hair that i often wear in a side bun or up in some way. ( I am an office manager at a pool- humidity kills me, it is not my friend) The owner of my company told me in an evaluation that I needed to wear more makeup (rarely wore a lot and some days only foundation) and that i looked like I "just rolled out of bed" on some days. I asked co-workers how they felt and not one of them agreed. I am consistently told I am the best manager they ever had and have been given nothing but rave reviews in my evals except this one. She is the owner, I wear it now because she tells me to but what she said was crossing the line and hostile. However, I love my job and will continue to do what she tells me to do since she signs my paycheck.

jasminesphotogr on March 23, 2011:

I can't believe an employer would dare say that to you. Some people can't wear makeup because of allergies (makeup often contains a lot of harsh chemicals), and the natural makeups can be a lot more expensive. I agree, you should take care of yourself (shower, clean clothes, nice maintained hair), but makeup should always be an option.

ChrisDay LM on December 20, 2010:

Make-up is an unnecessary and often unattractive vanity. It is also, very commonly, hugely TOXIC!

anonymous on November 05, 2010:

I think it's a personal choice. Our commercial world seems to push use of make-up and fragrance. I like make-up to be subtle so I still look like me when I do wear it. Foundation isn't needed. Some ladies just use lipstick and just that can give a made-up look and it enhances the eyes. I was sorry to hear about your negative experience. There are many things we may never understand.

religions7 on October 17, 2010:

Personally I think make up is bad for my skin - and bad skin surely looks worse than not wearing make up. That said - I do on rare occasions - wear mascara. Eye liner doesn't look good on me, and my lips are naturally quite red (as are my cheeks).

anonymous on October 07, 2010:

I don't think there is anything wrong with not wearing make-up. It should be up to each woman what she wants to do.

cs6326th on September 28, 2010:

nice make up

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 19, 2010:

I stopped wearing makeup years ago, except for those occasions when I want to wear it. I should say that I work from home and and self employed. Otherwise, I would quite possibly have continued to wear it.

myraggededge on September 17, 2010:

I like to wear make-up when I want to wear it. I wouldn't work for any employer who *required* it. As I work at home, I don't wear it often but sometimes I just feel like 'tarting up'!LOL! Catchpa is 'twitgirl'!

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