Makeup at work?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Let's talk about makeup for a hot second.

When working out I'm of the mindset that the worse you look when you work out, the better you look when you go out.

When going to actual work, I'm of the mindset that one should look professional and put together but I'm not a big work makeup wearer, or even work heels wearer on a day-to-day basis - unless I have a client meeting.

I'm all fresh faced and fancy free 95% of the time at work. Meaning, the only thing on my face is my moisturizers, yes, plural, I really like to moisturize - but that's another post. 

I've raised the question before on twitter (@clevelandsaplum, if you don't follow me, you should) that sometimes I don't feel like a "real" business woman because I don't rock 3 or 4 inch heels to work on a regular basis.

I'm starting to think recently that the combination of no makeup paired with no heels is making me even less of a "real" business woman - am I coming off lazy because I don't get all dolled up? This is my concern.

Side note: One could have a strong argument that my dear friend Lzone wears enough make up for the both of us combined - ha.

I mean, it really is a special day at the office for me when I even put on a coat of mascara.

Is that weird?

I'm lucky enough to have fairly good skin (ever getting deeper wrinkles not included), obviously I'm naturally beautiful (ha ha ha) and I like saving the makeup for a night out on the town. 

Eye liner is not a required office accessory.

(According to me)

So, people, what's your makeup routine for the office? Yay or Nay?

Happy Wednesday, kids!

51 comments:

  1. yes! i agree. flats all day, every day. minus the 4-inch pump days once a month :)

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  2. I wear makeup every single day except the occasional hung over Sunday. Honestly, my best friend jokes she has never seen me without black liquid liner.

    I do honestly feel like a coat of mascara and a little blush take about 15 seconds and do make you look much more polished.

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    1. i have friends like you, ahem lzone and muffin, but i'm taking your 15 seconds to put on a coat of mascara and blush to heart - i do just need to do it. i agree with you.

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  3. Huge proponent of flats or small heels at work. I learned a couple of years ago that my shins and feet couldn't rock taller heels anymore so I made the switch. I'll wear taller heels every once in a while but much less than I used to.

    Equally, I'm for light makeup - don't have the skin (or confidence) for 100% fresh face but try to keep it to a light coverup unless it's a special occasion/meeting.

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    1. see, my lack of heels comes from not being comfortable too - if i could rock them on a regular basis i probably would!

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  4. I'm with you on both accounts. I wear minimal makeup pretty much all the time, so that's never really a question for me. As for heels, it's got to be beyond a special occasion since I have a tendency to fall off my heels. I usually wear cute flats or boots. I also don't interact with anyone outside my office much, so I really just have to fit the tone of the office, which is dressy casual.

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    1. i try to fit the tone of my office too, only "glamming it up" for the clients or an event. even then though my definition of glamming it up may be skewed, ha.

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  5. I'll wear enough makeup and pumps for both of us. Heels every day and flats maybe once or twice a month (but just to run errands) and I do love myself some makeup but you need to be able to make yourself up in under 10 mins.

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    1. man, you DO know how to rock a heel you skinny thing you. do you have sneaker heels to workout in? FESS UP! ;)

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    2. Girl, you know I only yoga. No sneakers for me. And let's be honest, those sneaker/pumps are the ugliest things you've ever seen!

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  6. My makeup wears makeup. But at least I've worn flats the past two days. :)

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  7. I feel the same way! I'm not a heels person and I rarely wear make up (mostly because I suck at applying it!) I often wonder if I'm judged by my lack of these things as lazy and unrefined. :-/ Glad to see I am not alone!

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    1. here's to hoping it's NOT! ugh, the ever defined but always being pushed gender roles.

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  8. I wear heels/pumps usually every day (I'm on a team of all males and only 5'1...soooo) but usually those end up under the desk and I have a pair of flats with me. Makeup I wear at least mascara and blush and usually eyeliner. But all has to be done in less than 10 mins in the morning.

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    1. i feel like i could rock out some makeup in under ten minutes easily, perhaps it's just a matter of getting into the groove.

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  9. I am currently fresh faced as well in my office. Unless there is a partner or high level management that I need to meet with, I am completely business casual. I might put on a tinted moisturizer and mascara or other minimal makeup but 85% of the time, I'm fresh faced. I do need to find a product for dark circles under my eyes though.

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    1. twinsies! i apply a bb creme with a tint in it before i walk out the door to help smooth the fine lines out... at least that's what i tell myself, ha.

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  10. Right now I'm wearing nude flats which, in my opinion, blend in with my legs so you don't know where it starts to stops. First mannequin hands, now mannequin feet.

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  11. If I could get away without wearing make-up I would - unfortunately some of us aren't as naturally gorgeous as a naked plum! :)

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    1. girl, don't even get me started on your hotness. meow.

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  12. I keep makeup really simple at work - bare minerals with either a little bronzer, a little NARS illuminator or a little bit of blush. Inevitably I end up hating life when I decide to wear mascara. And I highly recommend wedges for work - way more comfortable. One pair in nude is all you need!

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  13. I work for a construction company so our office is definitely casual. I wear jeans and a top/sweater to work every day, and only dress up for events. Though following the "dress for the job you want adn not the job you have" motto, I would have to step it up because my boss is in a skirt and heels every day :)

    (casual skirt, like BR or jcrew, not a suit!)

    As for makeup, I've been backsliding over the past year. I used to make an effort but now it's just eyeliner and mascara. And also wet hair - I haven't blow dryed my hair in months!

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    1. if my hair was thick enough to just get out of the shower and go i'd be all over this too - add something else to the lazy list, ha

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  14. It's a special day when I wear heels to work. And sometimes I come to work with makeup from the day before still on (shhhhhh.........don't tell). No joke.

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  15. I used to wear makeup to work, but then I was doing construction inspection (on the site in steel toe boots, etc.) for a few years and I stopped wearing anything. It was nice to have a quicker bedtime routine. Now that I'm back in the office I never started wearing makeup again. I just bring my makeup bag and apply after work if I have something going on that night.

    I rarely wear heels. They are uncomfortable and I am uncomfortable walking so I don't bother unless I have to and they aren't tall at all.

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    1. i'm a huge fan of putting on makeup at my desk after 5pm to get ready to go to an event!

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  16. I hardly wear heels ever, and when I do they're usually wedges. Walking across campus on the regular means flats all the way. Plus, at 5'7 sometimes heels make me too tall. As for make-up I usually just do the basics - tinted moisturizer, mascara and blush...eyeliner if it's a big day. If I have eye shadow on you can guess I'm meeting with a donor or the Board is here! My office is pretty "office casual" no jeans but not normally suits, either.

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    1. Reading back through the comments made me think of a conversation I've had with some male coworkers in my first job- during an evening of drinks the shoes of some female coworkers came up (we had a handful of 4/5-inch heels every day ladies). They all agreed that women who wore shoes like that are trying to make up for something and were trying to use their sexuality to get ahead. Perhaps that is what has made me a prude when it comes to office shoes? I was pretty young and impressionable at the time and ever since I've keep the my work shoes pretty conservative - even when I wore heels more frequently they were lower. Ridiculous gender stereotyping for sure... but it had left an impression on me!

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    2. ahhhhh my comment got deleted!! boo! long story short i'm randomly wearing 4 inch heels right now as work to "break them in" for a wedding this weekend. and walking through the office i already feel like i'm strutting in an inappropriate way, EW!!

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  17. yes on makeup - but minimally. My main goals : cover up the circles under my eyes, make it look like I have eyelashes and a little bit of color on my cheeks!

    heels, rarely!

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  18. I rarely wear make up to work. I also interact with the same four people all day, and I really don't think they give a crap about my make up, as long as I'm doing my job. My hair dryer of twelve years just crapped out on me a few weeks ago, so I've also been rocking the wet hair in a bun look. I'm liking these new low maintenance options. Very freeing.

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    1. i have an extra hair dryer (brand new) if you want it!

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  19. I'm a very bad, no good person to ask this question. When I first joined the workforce, everyone wore suits to work. In those days, I was a skirt, heels and make-up kind of gal. But, then I got older, lazier and joined a company that has a VERY relaxed dress code. Let's just say that if I wear heels to work now, people think I'm interviewing for a job elsewhere. Though, I do still throw on a little eye liner and mascara, so I don't completely scare my co-workers. ha.

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    1. my last job did this to me, it was jeans and flip flops all day everyday... now i work at a more button upped agency, which i like, it's just an adjustment with my wardrobe!

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  20. my #1 reason for not wearing make up at work is, i get up, go to work and 3 hrs later i am in the gym running. where i have to then shower, and do my hair again, and who has time to get all made up before work which is a waste, or after a workout when you only have an hour lunch break?

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  21. I'm an eyeliner girl, but I've never been a heels girl. Happy medium right there. I basically look the same all the time, no matter where I am or what I'm doing, unless I'm working out, in which case there is no eyeliner & lots of sweat.

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  22. I wear makeup to work... but I don't try hard with it unless I have a bunch of meetings. When I started working, I tried SO HARD to wear heels and it just did not happen because I'm all over the place every day and it's unpredictable. It's also easier to work with little kiddos with flats :-)

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  23. I wear make-up, low heels and dresses for me. Although, I'd be lying if I didn't admit I like receiving compliments and I tend to get them more when I wear dresses over pants so...yea!

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  24. I never ever ever leave the house without makeup! At the very least I use concealer, curl my stick straight lashes and add mascara and put on some lips. My normal makeup is minimal but very very necessary. Even if I'm putting in more effort it never takes me more than 10 minutes. For shoes, my job is not conducive to heals so it's practical shoes all the way for work. After work, I like wedges and heels no higher than 2 1/2 - 3 inches. Anything over that just hurts too much.

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  25. I've always felt the same way. I never thought I came in looking like a scrub or anything, but when I put a bunch of makeup on and wore fancy shoes or a dress, it felt like people respected me a lot more. Which is kind of disappointing. Because I was doing the same job the same way with the same level of professionalism. But makeup seemed to make others feel more comfortable with how I was doing my job. It's still upsetting to me that this is the way our society is.

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  26. I don't put on my "going out" make up for work, but I do put on make up. I guess I feel I always want to look the best I can, so I usually do try and look nice both clothes-wise and face wise. I cannot pull off a make up free work face. I've come in on sick days just to grab my computer and apparently I just look really sick without make up. :)

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