Is There Still a Pressure to Wear Make Up At Work?

I love wearing make up, buying make up and reading make up reviews. Lipsticks are my fave beauty product to buy thanks to the multiple brands available both on the high street, in Boots & Superdrug to high-end brands such as Dior, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury.
But when it comes to wearing a full face and lipsticks on a daily basis, is it still the norm?

I work in a very casual office; think jeans and trainers in general with a smarter sense if style when client meetings take place. So, wearing a full face of make up and bright lipsticks isn’t the norm, in my workplace anyway.
But, I still get up, dress how I please and apply foundation, concealer, eyeshadow and lipstick on the daily. Whilst it’s not expected and every woman I work with has a different take on how they wish to present themselves, I enjoy it.
You read glossy magazines and large city-based blogs and they present officewear as being tailored suits, heels and hair and make up in place. But making the switch to what works for you is key.
These two Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are two pride possessions in my make up bag – I bought both as a treat after passing the probation period for my last two jobs, interestingly enough.

It’s SO up to the individual on what you wear and make up is just a small part of the conversation. Some days I’m bare faced – something I would not have done in my early twenties, but I’m a lot more comfortable in my own skin nowadays.
But other days, I’m using every product in my arsenal. You do you. But there should not be any pressure to wear make up in the workplace, no matter what industry you’re in.

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3 responses to “Is There Still a Pressure to Wear Make Up At Work?”

  1. post, really interesting to read! kkw looks so pretty and I love those earrings! I’m still new to blogging, would appreciate if you wanted to check it out! x

  2. interesting post. I mainly work from home, but have to go out to lead a team on a site visit roughly once a fortnight, and occasionally have to work from our head office. Whenever I’m working from these more formal environments I go full-on with my outfit and full make-up, partly because I enjoy getting dressed up and don’t normally bother on the days when I’m sat at home on my own, but partly because I feel like I command more respect from others when I look like I’ve made an effort; not sure how much of that is self-imposed pressure and how much is cultural though!

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