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What Should I NEVER Wear to My Entry-Level Job?

Kayla Baxter, Anna Hennings, and Alice Handley

October 06, 2009

Heavy – or no – makeup

Why not?

We hate to say it, but it is a fact that women who wear makeup in business generally get better jobs, get promoted more quickly and get paid more. Whether we like it or not, we live in a very visual world and we get judged on appearances. In fact, in a survey, 64% of directors said that women who wore make-up look more professional and 18% of directors said that women who do not wear make-up “look like they can’t be bothered to make an effort.” (Times Online UK)

Overall, remember the way that you dress is the packaging of your personal brand; whether you like it or not, you will be judged on your appearance.

Try me instead:

If you really hate the idea of makeup, try using just one product, especially lipstick. Lipstick can make a big impact and give the appearance that you’re wearing more. Just make sure you bring a trusted friend or enlist the help of a makeup counter expert before picking a shade if you don’t have much experience.

If you have more than 10 items in your daily beauty regimen, you should probably pare down. Try out using only mascara, powder or a light foundation, and blush. You’ll be surprised at the results!

The Exception

Clowns, nuns

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