Can Makeup really make up that much of a difference?

Up the Career Ladder, Lipstick In Hand

A new article recently came out in the New York Times  indicating that women who wore makeup to work were thought of as more likeable, competent, and trustworthy.  It’s not surprising given that there are studies that that show women who dress well and maintain a good appearance  feel more confident.  When you are confident you are more outgoing and more likely to do your best work. The article does a good job at examining the issues of both sides; those that think a woman should not be judged for how she appears versus people who believe a few simple steps can boost a woman’s self confidence and performance.  We all know that people judge you for how to you and while you can’t control your race or ethnicity, you can control what you wear and how polished you are.

Makeup is also not a substitute for actual competence and intelligence.  Most people do not get the job because of what they are wearing, but some people may not get the job because of what they’re wearing.  I believe that dressing well and taking care of yourself shows that you take pride in yourself and you will do that with other things in your life.  This article also doesn’t apply just for women.  I view men as wearing a nicer and well tailored suit as well as a clean shaven face as being more intelligent or at least in a more powerful position than someone without those qualities.  Am I always right?  No.  But appearance does matter.  So I say get your college degree and a great shade of lipstick!

You can read the whole article here: Up the Career Ladder, Lipstick in Hand.


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