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

Updated on June 17, 2016

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.

Should I Wear Make-Up

Should you use it, too? Shouldn't it be up to us?

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?

Yes, absolutely.

Yes, absolutely.

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    • Ani 4 months ago

      Should be a woman's choice always!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes. They look better in it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it is ridiculous and sexist to require a woman to wear make-up. I can't believe it's legal. What year is it? This seems to be some seriously outdated thinking. It only plays to the idea that women are objects to look at and nothing more. Aside from that, make-up is expensive and applying it is time consuming. If they want to require men to wear it too, then at least it's fair in it's ridiculousness. Sexual harassment policy in the work place has come a long way in the last 20 years, and this bologna is the next to go.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      as a women I think yes, because if your going to work you need to look great and your best when your show up to work so when others see that work they would wanna work too, but don't wear too much!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      As a male I've always disliked makeup. I called lipstick "Barrier cream" when I was a teen. "Lipstick on your collar" etc. As I see it makeup is often 'gilding the lily". A woman when young especially, is naturally attractive. Yet you see many naturally beautiful women wearing makeup that truly covers their natural beauty. It's a silly fashion that women fall for - out of fear and insecurity. I'm recalling a girl I walked down a lane with on a windy day. Her hair was awry. To me it was wonderful to see. To her it was panic stations. Natural beauty is programmed to appeal to men. Trust it! Makeup is gunge.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a man and run my own business. I do all I can to look my best and be what society expects. As a woman you should also do all you can to look your best. If you don't want to wear any makeup or lipstick or eyeliner then how can you expect to be viewed as looking your best

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Women should definitely have to wear makeup. So long as the men are also required to wear makeup as well. Bumps? Blemishes? Age spots? Yup, men have them too and these imperfections are just as ugly on men as on women. I hate to see the men of America continue to let themselves go as they've been doing for decades (possibly centuries!).

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I feel woman go overboard with the whole nail, makeup, hair color etc. etc. etc. Grooming yourself is a must. Look clean and wear a little makeup if you have to at employment. I do find woman look better with makeup, but some overdo it. A little makeup will enhance your features and hide flaws (bumps, scars, rashes, etc) depending on foundation/cover stick used. A little makeup isn't going to kill you unless you're allergic to it. Then you should find the kind that's hypoallergenic. I just came by here to see opinions and wrote mine. It doesn't matter if you're anonymous or not. Everyone has an opinion.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      ppl should wear a lil something just to add a defintion look to their face. it helps some to have their best feature stand out.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      First all am allergic to the foundations, if apply make up to my face. My face begins to itch and swell, so whoever invented this idea of must wore make up at work place is a fool. I guess I would never have a job then and I have natural beauty. I get guys attention without make up on my face.

    • MariaDSk 5 years ago

      Even if some might say a woman might "need" makeup she of course in general life shouldn't have to experience being told to do it. Perhaps one thing i think women (AND MEN) should do is take care of their eyebrows-bushy ones scare me. But in places of work frankly I understand. At least light mascara and a light eye shadow tone on eyelids and translucent lipstick. Just to show TIME has been taken.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, as you stated out, your skin is flawless right? So I don't think you need some kind like foundation, powder or concealer [you're lucky though :)]. But you should trim your brow to make your face has a sharper look, plus a brown eyeliner is supernatural on you. It makes your eyes look wider under a light layer of mascara. And that's it. It's not really a "makeup" but at least your boss is right. You should go natural but still make people believe you're taking for yourself. One of my friend is just like you, she got natural beauty and she doesn't wanna apply any makeup on, any any, not to talk about brow or stuffs. But we're all mature women, just a bit to make you look good, it's not gonna kill ya :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't care who it is, but every woman's looks are enhanced by makeup and some women absolutely require it. I see more women these days who appear sloppy and don't put 5 minutes into their appearance. Why should others have to look at women who do not dress according to their body type, exercise and put some style into their appearance? I certainly do not like having to see women who don't even look in the mirror prior to leaving their homes. It does not take much effort to look your best in public.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I think some girls have natural beauty. And they shouldn't wear make-up.But that's all up to that person.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      its there choice

    • makeupbrush 5 years ago

      Depends on what kind of work you do. If makeup is pretty much a requirement, the company should inform you in the interview. So it is up to you if you want to take it or not.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey Ladies OnlyAs part of my dissertation I need girls to fill out this questionnaire about Makeup....It only takes 5 mins to complete...I would really appreciate it if you could fill it out pleaseIt looks at the perception of make up, attraction and your views on the matterJust click the link the below:http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/836704/The-perceptio... you so much I only need 10 more participants please

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I wear makeup occasionally, and although It's sad, I do get treated better by both men and women when wearing it. When I was about 16 I started getting acne so my aunt bought me some foundation to cover it up. I had been wearing that stuff almost every day along with eyeliner, lip gloss. and so on. Once my skin cleared up a couple of years later I found I didn't need to use it anymore, but like other girls I felt prettier with it. so now I'm 19 and wear makeup only on important outings, dates, paying bills. Because it does get a more positive response.But.. My boyfriend calls me beautiful either way so I'm happy with or without!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If there not going to pay for you to buy make up, don't wear it!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      blame the women who spend 2 hours doing hair and makeup every morning they raised the standard lol....

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes they look more presentable unless your a gym teacher just put on mascara anda touch of eyeliner but no lipstick

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Your employer has the right to tell you how they expect you to dress and appear in their business. They can dictate what color nail polish you use, how long your nails are allowed to be, and what colors you can dye your hair. Scientific studies also show that well-applied, modest make-up makes women look more TRUSTWORTHY, COMPETENT, and CONFIDENT than their bare-faced counterparts. That is the image any employer should want their employees to present. When you step into a place of employment, you accept the dress code they expect - cosmetics included.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      If it looks good wear it!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Just get tinted moisturizer, chapstick at the least, you don't have to wear the whole typical things to be wearing makeup. I find most women that don't wear makeup also don't invest in products that help moisturize, protect, or prevent their skin from getting skin cancer, sun exposure, aging.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      you should have to wear makeup anytime you go out in public where its a social gathering or work, etc. i know some women who do not wear any at all and you can totally tell...their skin looks so unclear like they havent washed their face in weeks. i just want to throw a face cloth at them. these women really need to step up and conform to society. without the make up and heels and diets and everything else that is pressured onto us, they arent going to get anywhere in life.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, because our society isn't obsessed enough with superficiality, the self-esteems of teenage girls aren't low enough, and women aren't mean enough to each other.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Make up should be used with skill and knowledge. It is not meant to make a woman look like she's wearing a mask, just enhance some features and hide imperfections. Some women don't need makeup, and have perfect skin, others do, because without it they look sick and unhealthy. Work is about often image and your appearance makes people feel good, Why scare them with an unhealthy washed out face?So that said, make is subtle, and don't purchase products that test on animals, or contain dangerous ingredients.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Has anyone noticed that the majority of recent "yes" votes are all from anonymous users? ;) The only ones that come from logged-in identities are those with clever posts. Most survey results that claim that ~80% of women wear makeup, and another ~80% dye their hair. It's no wonder that conventional women feel threatened by the exoticism of women who do not alter their appearances. In fact, I believe that taking the time to keep your skin healthy and beautiful naturally (proper diet, exercise) obviously requires more work (confidence, restraint, knowledge) than even the most detailed cosmetic beauty routine.

    • Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      I haven't worn make-up in years for 2 reasons. 1) it never made me a stunning beauty and 2) in defiance to the poor customer service I get when I don't wear make-up. Yes, other women absolutely do not like it when you thwart society. I punish them by being a functional human without make-up anyway and since they MUST do SOMETHING with me, as a customer, even if it's the very worst they can manage, it sticks in their craw. So, yes, I think it should be required so I can have even more power over the masses.

    • nadjaiskeniskie 6 years ago

      Everyone should be required to wear make-up. Pets should have to as well. We need more fake in the world.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      You shouldn't wear make-up if u don't want to just because someone is telling you to, they are not the boss of you and you should just ignore them and I hate girls that pressure other girls to wear make-up!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      If you cannot put an effort into your appearance, how can I be sure that you put an effort into your work as well?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Makeup shouldn't be required for all jobs, but women need to understand how much more seriously they will be taken if they conform to society's concept of beauty. If you feel beautiful in a baggie shirt and boxers at home, more power to you, but in the professional world you must conform to that standards that society has. If you can't deal with that reality, get a job in a more casual environment. No matter how "beautiful" you feel with purple hair, or how comfortable some men feel with large beards, the place for those attitudes is in more liberal career paths, not the corporate world.Also.. Amber, wtf are you talking about? Please explain to me how lipstick fades our natural lip color? Do moisturizers fade my natural skin color? How about tinted moisturizers? Does eye shadow fade my eyelids too? Please think about how stupid that sounds...

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Grooming should be a personal chioce but.....I have a question for all of the "I do what I want" people:If you were my boss, would you want me to show up for an important meeting with a 3 day old scruffy beard?We all have to dress and groom to help our businesses look sharp. Men and women ARE different and have different grooming standards. That's life. I don't like shaving every day. If you don't like to groom then there are plenty of low end jobs waiting.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yes, please ladies, you look awful and plain if you don't wear makeup. A little eyeshadow, mascara, lip color and cheek color. Would it kill you to take an interest in yourself? I work with several women who don't wear any makeup what-so-ever....they are ugly. Just saying!!

    No way!

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      • Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        I think that it's slowly losing its grip and people are coming around to the idea that there's nothing wrong with having a clean face if you want one. I see nothing wrong with wearing makeup and I think it will become more a thing of fun, experimentation, and self-expression once it loses more ground as something required by some elements of our culture.

      • Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        I think that it's slowly losing its grip and people are coming around to the idea that there's nothing wrong with having a clean face if you want one. I see nothing wrong with wearing makeup and I think it will become more a thing of fun, experimentation, and self-expression once it loses more ground as something required by some elements of our culture.

      • Lucia 2 years ago

        I think it is sexist to recquire women to wear makeup. Unfortunatelly I also have some negative experiences as I usu go out barefaced. There were always some jerks that told me I look like a man and no hetero man would like me unless I start wearing makeup. It really makes my heart sad, this expectation on women. I find it sexist that men are not recquired to hide their face with makeup in order to be considered acceptable. It is sad....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Absolutely not. There should be no expectation for women to wear more makeup than men.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No. It's sexist and unnecessary. Why should it be a rule for her to paint her face? She's not there to look good, she's there to do a job. Why do her looks matter at a place where she's supposed to be being productive???

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        The idea that women should wear makeup in general is absurd, but suggesting that it is a necessity in the workplace is madness. Anyone who has a clean body and clean clothing is sufficiently well groomed. Makeup is designed to make women sexually attractive, nothing else. If it truly were something designed to make people look professional, men and women would both wear it (men are more associated with professionalism than women.) Therefore, the suggestion that women should be required to wear cosmetics in the workplace is the same as stating that women must be sexually appealing in the workplace. That is disgusting.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think make-up is unattractive. Foundation smells bad. Lipstick rubs off on coffee cups, straws, makes your saliva all stringy around the lips, yuck. Eye shadow doesn't make the eyes look nicer, nor does mascara the lashes. I like a woman's natural skin, blemishes, wrinkles, you name it. I'm not in a position to hire anyone, but if it came down to two equally skilled women, one with makeup, one without, I'd take the one without.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        This is very upsetting. When i wear makeup my confidence is actually LOST. i feel like i need it to be seen in public. I feel like being forced to wear makeup it highly oppressive. if a woman chooses to that's great...but it should be her choice and hers alone.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think of makeup as a tool rather than a rule. It can be used to express certain things. Simple, neat, and tasteful makeup can make you look well put together, and as a late-teen girl, I know that make-up certainly makes me look older and by extension more mature. For older ladies, it could make them look younger. Image is a big part of marketing yourself and getting the job you want. But different people have different needs and preferences in relation to make-up, and different jobs require people with different images. So employers refusing to give a woman without makeup a job could make sense (why employ someone who doesn't reflect the businesss image?) but all in all, there is far more to a woman than just her appearance, and in the end it is really the personality, and skills of the person that matters. Woman should use or not use makeup depending on their personality and values, whether it be using the bare minimum, full on statement making makeup, or no makeup at all.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        jan//What if you look your best without makeup?? What if you try a little bit of eyeliner and it makes your eyes look huge and disproportionate to your other facial features, and you'll have to change your whole face to make it a.... different face? WHY are MEN not required to wear makeup but women are? It would hurt a woman to be told by a man that she needs to wear makeup. It's like saying to her face, "You're ugly, so you need to change your face." I WONDER IF SOME TIME LATER IN THE FUTURE EVERY WOMAN WOULD BE REQUIRED TO GET "A LITTLE" PLASTIC SURGERY. Do you not understand?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm only 17 years old, and my skin is beautiful and my face is beautiful without makeup because I have big, bright eyes, red lips, prominent eyebrows, and everything else to replace makeup. Also, my face isn't fat and I don't need any bronzer/ highlights. People say I'm pretty, although I wear glasses. I don't feel the need to wear makeup at all but am being pressurized to because everybody around me wears it and I feel like a freak or a nerd being the only one not wearing it!! It'll be so frustrating if I decide to wear them because my eyesight doesn't let me view myself in the mirror! Nobody has to wear makeup! If I decide to, then I'll be wasting so much of my precious time.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You are considered indecent when you don't cover your private areas. You are considered a mess if you do not maintain your body or seem to care about your appearance. Neither of those are cool, professionally. But if you keep yourself clean, you dress yourself tastefully, and you style your hair in some socially acceptable way, you will look as though you care about your appearance, and therefore be considered put together and acceptable in professional areas. Add a friendly attitude to that and people will want to deal with you.Requiring any more than that, especially if you don't require of male employees, is too much and says "no matter what you do, your actual face is not good enough for society. Cover it up." Which is wrong. Your face is your face; you don't need another one.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        My insane boss insists that the women in our department wear make up even though no one else in the company is required to. My skin is a mess, it's hot, it's summer and the stuff melts off my face before I even get to work. I'm )!$$#) about this.

      • WomanPresident 4 years ago

        I think women have the rights to do whatever they want to do. Women should be free to choose to wear make-up or not to wear make-up.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I believe that I should have that choice, not a mandate or ultimatum!

      • Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        @anonymous: Exactly! I think it's creepy when employers require it. It feels like being pimped out.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        So, I'm really allergic to make-up. Hypoallergenic does not mean that it's safe for everybody. Plus, it's loaded with poisonous chemicals and bacteria. Do some research on make-up. Blush and lipstick mimic a woman's blood flow to the skin during orgasm. So women are objectifying themseves as sex objects by wearing it. No work place should force a woman to objectify themselves that way.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I don't think women should be required to wear make up. However, I believe people should be more open minded to wearing make up. I don't think make up is a bad thing. To me make up isn't just about covering up a blemish or a scar whatever, it can also be about accentuating your features. If you like your eyes, put some eyeliner and/ or mascara to make them pop. If you like your lips, add some lipstick to make them stick out. Find a facial feature and make it noticeable and work it!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        This is stupid, men don't have to wear it too 'look good' then why do women? Men spend 30 mins in the morning getting ready women hours! I can't imagine a bigger waste of time

      • Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        @anonymous: Any boss who requires his employees to wear it should wear it, too.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Men should be required to wear it. My boss needs to cover his dark circles and acne scars how is it appropriate to work like that

      • amandascloset0 4 years ago

        I believe that the choice to wear it or not to wear it should strictly be up to the wearer. Obviously if you were hired for a position you were interviewed. If the employer had an issue with your look it should have been raised during that process. Or better yet, it should have been stated during the interview or application process that it was a requirement. It's pure foolishness! Is that not a form of discrimination?

      • WeaselPuppy 4 years ago

        I don't wear make-up. I find it as demeaning as the idea of a burka or head scarf. Your face is how you communicate so much to people - to coat it and draw lines all over it seems like graffiti. Plus, many of the ingredients in cosmetics are toxic, carcinogenic, or just plain foul. Additionally, the processes used to test them are often cruel.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Absolutely not! There are plenty of beautiful women out there who look fabulous bare-faced. I don't want to brag or seem self-centered, but I NEVER wear makeup unless it's at a formal event. Lip balm and a facial cream are great, especially when you have extremely dry skin. I disagree with people who say all women look their best with makeup, because some of them look worse! I'm not talking about poorly done makeup. I'm talking about those who just don't look better with makeup. Yes, there is such a thing. I personally know a lot of people who really don't need it to look beautiful. It ruins your skin and clogs those pores you're trying to cover up. Permit makeup? I see no problem. Mandatory? Now we're going to have a problem.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I personally cannot wear makeup. I have hypersensitive skin and as such have negative reactions to cosmetic items. I apply it on for costuming purposes 2-3 times out of the year, but even with the Rice powder(imported from Japan) I use...which slightly lessen's my affects of bad break outs, or agitated skin(redness), itching. I still however can't stand what happens after it's all washed off. I have to sometimes apply hydrocortizone, or diaper rash to get relief on my face. People seem to forget we're all different and some of us cannot use this 'junk' daily. I've tried all these special makeups, and quite frankly none of them were for Very Hypersensitive skin types like myself. Women shouldn't be forced to wear this stuff, and I have no respect for people who force it on others. I'm just glad my boyfriend understands why I cannot wear it. I hate using it for costuming, but for something I do once out of the year, I'll do it, but I always hate the following week after having my skin covered in it and my pores.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No way any person who thinks a woman needs to wear make up is a moron. We should be appreciated for our natural beauty who ever says you need to wear make up is too stupid to see where society is going.

      • Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

        Only if men are required to, too :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If Women should be required to wear makeup, man should be required to wear makeup aswell. Both men and women have pimple, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Why should we? Do you think men I told to wear makeup? Uh No! I'M 12 years old and happy to say I don't. A girl in my class called Sarah wears a fear bit of make up. I really don't think this is needed. Whenever,wherever, make up shouldn't be worn. One time I tried mascara. The aftermath wasn't very helpful (I had irritation in my eyes.) Be natural!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am so disgusted by some comments I am reading and shocked. This is why this world is messed up. Then parents want to blame models and fashion magazines for young girls feeling bad about themselves. If you are unkempt and unhygienic then it's an issue. But to say women should wear make up to work is disgusting! Working in a beauty department fair enough, advertising. But to say someone who doesn't wear make up is sloppy. People are seriously messed up and extremely insecure. Yes makeup can enhance a persons beauty I get it, sloppy is extreme. People who think women should be forced to wear make up are all fools probably has shares in the make- up industry. If people are barley scraping by are these employers going to give a make-up allowance? I think not. Well there are idiots out there who is all for controlling the masses.

      • Ash2013 4 years ago

        Although it is a personal choice, I do think who wear it excessively feel the need to cover up something...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        As a 20-something woman, I can honestly say I can count the number of times I've worn makeup on one hand. Most of it was playing dress up as a kid. Last time I wore makeup was when I was 16, my cousin put it on me... It was only eye makeup, nothing else. Nobody I work with has ever made a comment about my not wearing makeup & I really don't care. My boyfriend says I look beautiful the way I am & don't need to put anything on my face.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        As a man, I definitely think women who don't make-up are more confident in who they are. I respect them the most.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Absolutely not! It's horrible looking and it's just outrageous that anyone should be required to paint themselves to get or keep employment.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Certainly not. What a ridiculous and outrageous idea! It's so telling to me to see how so many people, women and men alike, have been brainwashed by this culture to think a painted face is better than one created by God (or nature, if you prefer). That erroneous perception has been created and sustained by the desire for profits of the cosmetics industry, which appeals to pride and vanity to promote their products. I simply can't take a woman seriously if her face is loaded with paint. That tells me how shallow and vain she is, and how blind, to be unable to see true beauty. The false perception that makeup makes a woman more beautiful was created. The correct impression, that women are more beautiful without it can also be created, one enlightened woman at a time.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Definitely not! I wear a little makeup sometimes, and I agree its fun sometimes, but it shouldn't be required! Everybody has natural beauty and the world needs to learn how to appreciate it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Taking care of yourself does not require make up. I'm tired of changing my face because it is a male-generated norm. Women, lets own up to our actual appearances and take pride in the beauty of our bare skin.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I work a minimum wage job to pay for rent, food and extra uni costs. As if I can afford to buy makeup! Like many women I feel more beautiful in makeup but I honestly can't afford it. I need my job, my boss knows it and I feel that it is an inappropriate requirement for a job but unfortunately for myself and wallet he believes so.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Absolutely not! We live in a free country, for Gods' sake! I think men and women should have equal rights and men aren't required to wear make-up for work, so why should women? Also, I think make-up often makes women look worse; I'm always attracted to women that wear little to no make-up. I don't buy into the fact that women wear make-up because of the "male-dominated culture," I think they wear it to feel better about themselves, for the most part. Make-up also has negative health-related side effects, such as making you age faster. Overall, requiring women to wear make-up for work is a violation of human rights!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Definitely a no-no! Foundation hurts the skin and eye makeup products can cause serious eye disease among lots of people. Makeup products as a whole actually fastens up the aging process. When you remove all your makeup, your face is actually uglier than before you put it on. This male-dominated culture is just cruel and so unfair and those who believe it's impolite/sloppy to not wear makeup should be shot.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        *sigh*...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Absolutely not!! I tried makeup in my teen years when "everyone did it" and never liked it. I had a friend try to push me into it in my 30s and it really bothered me. She gave me some as a Christmas present and I'm happy to say I never did use it. I am me! I don't wax or pluck and my husband loves me for my natural beauty. Where it came from that you have to use makeup to look beautiful is ridiculous. Love me for who I am....not for the fake appearance makeup provides!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Hell no. That's like saying men should be required to wear it. It makes people look like clowns and frankly I don't think its healthy. If you've got natural beauty which everyone does, and will one day see if they take their head out of their butt. Then they should just bree appealing enough. And I don't understand the whole professional look thing. In,a professional environment wouldn't you want to avoi d the woman, making the men like them that way?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am a woman, I work, and I do not wear makeup. I have great skin without it, I have full lips that look ridiculous with lipstick on them, and frankly makeup has always given me acne. I avoid it because I don't want to ruin a good thing. Of course, if I was working in an industry that is all about cosmetics then it would make sense that I would be expected to wear cosmetics.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unless the job falls under the "dramatic performance" exception of employment discrimination, in which case, male or female you wear what they assign you for your character.... EFF NO.

      • Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        @anonymous: I hope you are just being sarcastic.

      • Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        @anonymous: I'm so sorry you lost your job and I wish you could have had watertight evidence against your former employer. Employers have no right to force women to wear make-up.I'm glad you are working somewhere sane these days and I hope that stories of these kinds of abuses will just be stories from the far past for your children rather than a reality they'll have to deal with.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Nope. I've been fired for it and could I have proven it the reason, I'd have sued the $#%^ out of the jacka$$. I will not wear makeup based on principle alone, end of discussion and were I to have a daughter, she's not allowed to wear make up either. Ever. I stick to work that requires a low key style of dress nowadays and it's been the best thing ever.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        women should be made to wear makeup and also shave fully down there

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It's a shame that in today's society it's "necessary" to wear make-up. I understand if someone applies for a job at a cosmetic store, I mean, in a clothes store you wear the clothes right? To sell the product.But for other jobs. Personal care for me is keeping your clothes neat & tidy, hear that looks nice and you don't smell. That's personal care. Make up is no part of it.Younger and younger kids are wearing it. And I don't think that they do it because they like it, but no they want to hide everything about them that's not "okay."Why not let all the woman go to plastic surgery and make them all look like barbie? Natural, no make up, girls and woman who are not afraid to show themselves are always better.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I worked as a temp for 10 years and I never saw in a dress code a requirement for this nor has any employer of mine told me to wear it. I had a co-worker (male metrosexual type) mention as a friend that I would look better with blush. I had a friend who worked at a staffing agency that I didn't work for who did tell me not to ever come to her office that her female boss doesn't give work to women who don't wear it and she said, "if you're a woman, you HAVE to wear make up-you just do." I understand looks jobs like model, actress... ahem prostitute, stripper.... even something high end like I might expect a female lawyer to wear it. I don't wear it and women are still always jealous of me and men are trying to sleep with me at workplaces. I can only imagine how much worse that would be if I wore it. Oh, one female boss told me I wasn't allowed to wear skirts (before I had ever done so). Strangers working in the building would come to me and tell me she was jealous of my looks and was looking for an excuse to fire me for it.Also, as a woman, I still get paid a percentage of what men make. However, my expenses are more than a man's even without make up. I have to buy month products. I have a greater need to live in a nicer neighborhood than a man, as men grab women's private areas in neighborhoods 99% ok for men. Finally, male bosses sit there and say that my daddy or a husband should take care of me so that is why I shouldn't make a living wage. However, most men I've gone out with sit there and ask me to split the bill with them or pay. So, my expenses are indeed not lower.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Make-up is just a tool, just like high heels and a pencil skirt (on the day you want to rock that style) or real boots and wool socks (on the day you want to look like you can kick someone's butt, and have warm feet, too).But tools are for highlighting our overall presentation, for adding some touches to round out our personalities for the day. If a woman is required to wear makeup, the emphasis is in the wrong place. Imagine telling a guy he has to wear makeup.To the person who said a cosmetician should wear makeup just like a hair stylist should care for her hair: a better comparison is that a cosmetician should care for her face (and her skin and teeth) like a hairstylist cares for her hair. They can both leave off the hairspray and extensions and lipstick and be perfectly faithful to their jobs.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No because it is the girls choose to wear it

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm 17 years old & have never worn any makeup to high school (I wore some in middle school due to insecurities). I believe that it is a feminine weakness/disadvantage to say things like "I can't go out; I'm not wearing any makeup!" or living up to the stereotype that women take forever to get ready. I don't want to be held down by not being able to be confident in front of others without painting (or "enhancing" for you makeup lovers) my face everyday. People say it's fun, but if it becomes part of your morning routine, (like brushing your teeth), I don't see how it's fun. I'd rather sleep :) Guys always say they prefer girls without makeup even though they usually date girls who wear makeup...sometimes I lose confidence in myself because it's hard to compete with makeup users. I don't want to be seen as fake (I wear pretty natural looking clothes, too--nothing flashy, mostly classic, but fashionable--I was voted best dressed out of 250 kids) & I don't want to be dependent on something for confidence. It's like how I don't drink caffeine--so I won't be dependent on it to have energy. And I'm a night owl!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If women should wear makeup then men should too.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I look fine without makeup. I hate it and I don't want to wear it!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Society isn't forcing people to wear make-up, it's your boss, parent, co-worker or friend. Usually an insecure female or oversecure male. Apparently, some women even get anxious about going outside with a normal, washed clean face. I hate to think that people really need that much external validation.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        This is insane. Women should be able to wear or not wear whatever the heck they want. The idea that a woman has to wear make-up to look good for someone else is superficial and ridiculous. I'm a woman who does not wear make-up and I am ashamed that someone would even ask this question. If this is made the norm, then I expect to see men walking in with mascara also.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If the woman does not want to wear make up the why should an employer insist that she wear it? She was given the job for her skills, not her ability to look like a walking crayon advert.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am forty years old and I might wear make up once every three to six months. My reason for this is that I was born with beautiful skin and do not want to ruin that skin. My mother wore make up every day of her life and it ended up discoloring her skin. At work, I do my job, I am professional, courteous, and am more than average looking and see no reason why I should have to conform to society's view of beauty when I am beautiful in my own natural way. That is what makes me individual and special.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have never understood makeup. To me, it just seems like a way to hide. I am not the most good-looking girl in the world, but I think that if people can't accept the way I am, that's their problem. People are beautiful or hansome or whatever without makeup. If it was up to me, makeup would be illegal, and we would all be seen as how we really are. if people can't accept who you are and how you really look, that's their problem, and you should be proud of who you are and not hide. if people are requiring women to wear makeup, even for a job, then I think that's just sick.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have finally talked my fiance into not wearing makeup (at all). It makes her even more beautiful because she believes in herself!True beauty always comes from the inside, if your trying to impress people that don't agree then what are you doing?Find confidence, find a man that cares about who you are not hoe you look, I can guarantee you will find more happiness. -Mike

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I've never worn make up. LOL! I don't need to make it 'look' like I can do my job because I can do my job and do it well. Personally, I don't consider it fun to pay lots of money to put grease on my head either.

      • Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        @anonymous: Exactly! Unless the person has been hired for his or her looks, as perhaps a model or actor, looks should have no bearing on employment. Unfortunately, women are judged on their sexual attractiveness and men are judged on equally ridiculous things such as their height.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think there is too much stereotypical thinking about how people are suppose to look and even act. Not everyone can or does look that great with or without makeup. That's called life and the genes you get from your parents. Its also called discrimination in my book judging people on their looks only.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Women should be free to do what ever they deem fit as men seem to do what they want to do. I think women can look pretty when they wear make up but to be honest to much make up is a big put off for me. I actually prefer to see women for who they are and for them not to pretend to be something there not.. Employers who sack women for not wearing make up should be ashamed of themselves as they fail to see the real beauty that women have. Make up should be used to hide flaws, such as scars. I really for women who have been given the short hand in life but as a man I shall devote myself to respecting women as my equal and not to look down on women as some do.To Annabel,Men at some point did wear make up and still do well men that are cross dressers, might be wrong but there are some who still dress up as man did wear dresses in the good old days. To all the women out there, be free, soar high and don't let people put you down, at the end of the day without you us men are lost puppy's and it would be a very lonely life to live if it was just us men.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        This depends on the circumstances. In some jobs it makes sense for women to wear makeup; any beauty specialist or cosmetician should probably be wearing it, in the same way that a hairdresser should be taking care of their hair. In general though, if my employer tried to force me to wear makeup, I'd probably resign. Wearing makeup on a regular basis just makes me feel ashamed of the way I look without it, and that strikes me as pretty insane.Oh, and to chime in with another commenter? :) This is the twenty first century, and there is a thing called equality. If women have to wear makeup, men must wear it too. S'only right.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I prefer to dress in a way that draws attention to my character rather than vanity.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am 27 years old, and I have never worn makeup. I do not own one makeup product and have never bought any. I wouldn't even know how to put it on properly if I was to try to start wearing any. I do pluck my eyebrows and keep them neat though. If an employer told me I had to wear makeup to keep my job I would quit. I work in the office of a pretty big company and no one has ever said a thing to me about my "personal appearance, so I guess I'm lucky. I don't trust cosmetics to not have harmful side effects (my aunt just died of skin cancer and I partially think it was due to her excessive use of makeup) plus I would hate having all that crap caked onto my face for no reason other than to make others happy. I would feel like a clown at the circus. Plus it's time wasted that i spend sleeping, and money saved. I try not to spend money on pointless stupid things.

      • DeboraR 4 years ago

        I personally love makeup. My face feel 'naked' without it, but I don't think it should be a requirement for a job or anything else. Hygiene is more important I think. A woman's job skills and clean appearance should be sufficient for the job.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        NO, as makup external product with bunch of dangerus chemicals that in long run destroy the natural look of the skin, and I as male don't think that is attractive, and it creates false sense of beuty that was never a natural in first place.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        There is, in reality, no more reason for women to feel compelled to "look pretty" anymore than any man to look "handsome". American culture especially subliminal advertising to up ante on profits of beauty products, many more of them toxic in USA than Europe, purposely puts undue pressure on girls/women to "look good" botox has been banned in many nations due to science proving that neurotoxin is linked to health problems, many of them serious or even fatal, is used so much throughout USA it is pathetic. A woman happy in her own skin, daring to have picture taken and posted to Facebook or otherwise with no makeup on is really a great beauty, inside and out. When we feel good about ourselves inside, we don't feel so overwhelmed with what we look like on the outside. Funny thing is, the most beautiful women are often the ones with no makeup on. Just as no girl/women deserves any entitlement to having her life and limbs protected in any war any more than any boy/man, we need to realize it is not necessary for one to look "beautiful" any more than the other. We are all just as human and just as sensitive as the next. It is only media and false advertising that makes us think otherwise.

      • Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

        @anonymous: This is definitely discrimination. It makes me angry and that's why I wrote the page. Even in jobs where employers can't legally require women to wear makeup, women are often pressured by them to do so and, while they will never mark it down as "not wearing makeup" they'll put down some garbage like "untidiness" or "appearance unacceptable" instead on write-ups if they don't. I hope that this dies off when the older generation leaves management. Unfortunately, that will take a long time and they've trained new generations. I have noticed it getting less common so there is definitely hope that it will go away eventually.

        Women are people and people, at work, should never be judged on their appearance, but solely on their ability to do the job.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Why women should wear makeup? What about men? Is this some kind of discrimination? Just like women should shave every hair from their body while men could just grow theirs as long as they like.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        surely ability to work well and look neat and smart should have nothing to do with how attractive the person can make their face ? You should be there to work hard not to find a new boyfriend....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think it's so stupid and every girl or woman that wears makeup is just caving into pressure and showing a weakness. Makeup is a waste of time and money, period. Wow... i used lipstick and I'm so much more beautiful... NOT.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Why should a woman be required to wear make-up? Is it a crime to feel confident in your natural looks? And what about the women who look more like drag queens than spoiled princesses when they wear make-up? I've seen many a woman ruin her skin just because they put one line of eyeliner (yes, eyeliner!)!!I say no, definitely NOT. I believe my natural face is beautiful, so why shouldn't you? It's God-given and perfect! Don't cover the pimples, blemishes, age spots, etc. with make-up! You'll only make it worse! Instead, try to actually wash your face properly and put on the proper [amount of] moisturizer!

      • maryLuu 4 years ago

        If a woman wants to wear make-up it's fine. If not, it's fine also. If you require women to wear always make-up it meens that men have to shave every day and they are not allowed to have a beard?

      • Ardyn25 4 years ago

        No...I rarely wear makeup and never in the summer. When it comes to work the bottom line is if you are doing your job, and are clean and presentable, no boss has the right to infringe on your rights. Making a request is fine, and saying no should be fine also.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You don't have to but if u want to sure. The way you look isn't everything but u have the freedom to put it on. Honestly I love makeup but I'm still young and I understand my parents when they say u should wear makeup when ur goin to the lake or stuff like that. It's honestly ur opinion and America is a free country so no way should you have to! For ll those men out there, you don't have control over us so if u don't lke it leave and ladies just cuz a guy makes u wear makeup, u don't have to! If he does that leave him!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I NEVER date women who wear cosmetics. ALL my past girlfriends have been makeup free. I HATE cosmetics. I LOVE Symphonic Black/Death Metal. I DUMP girlfriends who start wearing makeup OR hates metal music. I also DUMP spiritual bigots, drug users, smokers, drinkers, meat eaters, extreme feminists (equallity is a must and she must work just as hard as men but men are the spiritual leaders)...... ANY EMPLOYER WHO REQUIRES/FORCES MY GIRLFRIEND TO WEAR MAKEUP WILL FACE LAWSUITS.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I am a woman, and I feel about as uncomfortable in makeup as most men would in a skirt. There is nothing wrong with my skin, and even if there was, why would that stop me from doing my job? Why pick on women? Can men not there job as well because they don't wear makeup?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I have had a problem with foundations. I have worn makeup in the past and the color doesn't always fit my complextion. I think that I look like a ghost because it is too light or like a guoul because it is too dark. Then, it ends up on my paperwork and makes my work look disgusting. I like looking natural. I always have. My mother didn't wear makeup and have the same beautiful skin that I already have. Why should I have to cover it up to make others feel better?

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I believe it is not okay to require women to wear make-up. Staying hygienic and presentable is a must for all men and women alike; especially in the workplace. However, not everyone needs cosmetics in order to look well groomed. Natural beauty is something that shouldn't be masked under foundation and powder. Make-up should be used to bring out your best features rather than hide all of your blemishes. Wearing make-up for the purpose of burying all your flaws can tend to look "fake." It is not wrong to wear make-up. I think that it should be a women's choice. Thank you for respecting my opinion.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        women have been wearing makeup for thousands of years. Makeup is used to exagerate facial expressions that occur when a woman is orgasming. when a woman orgasms, the blood from her eyelids goes to her cheaks making a "blush" and "eyeshadow", looking up her eye lashes appear longer, and her lips turn red as she is stimulated. Over the past forty or so years more and more women and young girls have been wearing more makeup. I feel it is ok for women to wear makeup but i do not think that it makes them prettier. I think wearing makeup as a routine makes someone uncomfortable with their own apearance. I think parents should educate their girls and boys about what kinds of stimuli wearing makeup makes. should women look like they are coming all the time? I think it should be unlawful to discrimate against someone for wearing makeup or not wearing it. personally i am allergic to all makeup and when i discovered that, i read a lot about what make up does to a person. Since make up sales have increased teen pregnancy had increased and so has skin disorder like eczema and rosacea. the ingredients in make up do not even need to be tested before sale. the fda does not regulate make up ingredients and marketing techniques involve making someone less confident with out their product and then telling them that this product will make the consumer feel better, have more fun and have more friends. know what you put on your face.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Not at all. I personally think adults should be encouraging kids NOT to wear it. We should learn to be comfortable in our own skin.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No way! Makeup just ruins people natural look. I personally find peoples natural look way more attractive than someone that has covered their face with cosmetics. I've even noticed people find me more attractive when I don't wear makeup. I already have dark lashes and eyeliner is just eh..... There's really no need.

      • Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

        I could maybe see it if you're a supermodel or something, but if you're one of those people who makes a living in front of a computer all day (like me), it really doesn't matter much if you wear make-up or not.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Allowed? Absolutely. Required? Absolutely not. It's a free country, and it's their face. Let them do what they want with it, and you can do what you want to do with yours.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I never wear it, and I'm 13, I'm scared of how people will view me and the future. I just can't stand the feel of it....

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I hate makeup. It's so time consuming and expensive. If some women find confidence from wearing it, then that's wonderful, but it has never worked for me. I find it truly despicable that women are judged so harshly for not wearing makeup, both in and out of the workplace. It is a personal choice. Unless you're starring in a Hollywood film, you shouldn't be pressured to wear it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I see women spending so much time in front of the mirror doing up their faces for the sole purpose of trying to look perfect. What saddens me is not that they want to make themselves look good but rather that many women feel the need to make themselves look immaculate in order to impress others. Rather than aiming for perfection by covering all our flaws how about we take a more pragmatic view of the world, aim for acceptance and realize that only in an ideal world would we all be perfect. How disgusting, by the way, that women can be subject to dismissal from the workplace on the grounds of not wearing makeup.

      • SuzyShopping 5 years ago

        It should be a choice, not a requirement!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I know that my girlfriend of two years only really wears it to cover up blemishes and acne and similar things. I mean, it's kind of like the ethical side of photoshopping and I can't blame her; who wants a zit on their face? No matter who you ask, male or female, they will tell you that they are only wearing make up for themselves. While this may be true in a certain amount of cases, there are also people who dip their faces in buckets of orange/ white/ whatever paint, use bleach as mouthwash and are likely to develop skin cancer by the time they are eighteen with all of the tanning they do. And you know, I am glad I am not a girl, because I could not imagine being under all the pressure to look nice and be perfect all the time. Of course, the real issue here is teaching women that they do not need to dress for men or women or anybody. Men also need other men to tell them to respect women and not make mean remarks about appearances. I always tell my girlfriend how beautiful I think she is and remind her she does not need to dress up for me ever, but when she does I do let her know how nice she looks. The ultimate solution is deeper respect for your fellow humans. Let other people know they look nice. I do not take offence in my girlfriend telling other men that they look handsome, and she does not mind when I tell my friends who are girls that they look nice in that dress or their hair that way. It is harmless confidence-building.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Make up is used to enhance your features. You should not need to cover your face to be pretty. Most guys prefer natural girls. Just be natural. God Bless

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Why do girls wear make up anyway? If think getting a guys attention by covering your face is the best it's not. Society as taught girls we need to be more fake. I'm a 15 yr old girl. Never worn make up, some people actually think i wear lipstick. Which i don't I don't need to put paint on my face to get a guy to like me or date me. Most of my friends wear make up for other reasons. One of my friends said she wore mascara so her eyes would not look small. but seriously no girl needs make up. I'm natural and i'm not changing because of what society and the media say. Not trying to scare anyone. God Bless

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No! That's so ludicrous I'm not even going to explain...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No. Not unless you require men to do the same.

      • melissiaoliver 5 years ago

        Difficult question. At the most basic level, women shouldn't be required to wear make-up, but all employees, male or female, should take care to maintain a professional appearance at all times. If you're working in an environment where the consumer will be affected by the appearance of staff, e.g. at a high end department store, then I would say it was acceptable for employers to recommend some form of appearance guidelines. Nothing drastic, perhaps a touch of highlighter here and there and a dash of mascara. It depends what industry you're working in - and of course, there should be equal treatment between men and women.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        No way! I am allergic to makeup and if i wear it my face swells(just like fiona) i can bear eyeliner but no time these days!i see girls wearing full foundation during summer and then they get weird rashes and pimples.

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          Kylyssa Shay 19 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

          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.

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          Ginny 19 months ago

          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.

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          Sanxuary 2 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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. :(

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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......

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          Kylyssa Shay 4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

          @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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

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

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          Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @ 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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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!!!!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

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

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @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)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @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?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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).

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I also agree with you 100%.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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

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          DeboraR 4 years ago

          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

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          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.

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          maryLuu 4 years ago

          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.

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          theallin1writer 4 years ago

          Such an interesting lens, thank you for sharing.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @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....

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          Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

          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.

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          kburns421 lm 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @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.

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          melissiaoliver 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          "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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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 friend...so 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!

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          Heather B 5 years ago

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

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          OliviaDaughter LM 5 years ago

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

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          Char Milbrett 5 years ago from Minnesota

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

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

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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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...).

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          etremity 5 years ago

          Interesting topic (:For more on What women want

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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?

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          Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

          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!

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          norma-holt 5 years ago

          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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.

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          sidther lm 5 years ago

          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!

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          Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          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.

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          sybelle 5 years ago

          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!

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          Craftyville 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

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

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I clicked Other because I already don't wear it

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          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!

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          aquarian_insight 5 years ago

          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.

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          hamshi5433 5 years ago

          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. :)

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          KingLobster LM 5 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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. ;)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          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.)

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          Kate Loving Shenk 5 years ago from Lancaster PA

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

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          nuestraherencia 5 years ago

          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 less...it'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...

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @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.

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          Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          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**

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          InquisitiveOne LM 6 years ago

          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?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          Jessi 6 years ago from United States

          Interesting lens - good job!

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          Addy Bell 6 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

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

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

          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.

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          the-good-stuff 6 years ago

          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.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

          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.

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          ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

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

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          religions7 6 years ago

          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).

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          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.

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          cs6326th 6 years ago

          nice make up

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          June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          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.

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          myraggededge 6 years ago

          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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          Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

          Many people look down on others for not wearing make-up and I think that's rather sad. I almost never wear make-up and if I do it's simple eyeliner and mascara, but I have had not-so subtle hints tossed my way that I should look more "appropriate", in other words conform like all the other people do. To me, make-up is basically a lie, it's a mask some women feel pressured to put on to hide what they really look like, and many women get jealous if they see a woman not wearing the mask because it reveals their own insecurities and inability to resist peer-pressure.