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#61 of 92 Old 09-02-2010, 03:44 AM
 
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Men who don't shave also come across as unprofessional in many setting IME. It's not makeup or a shaved face are "required" but that it is part of the unwritten rules in many professions.
I worked at a fancy hotel with a very strict dress code which stated all men must be clean shaven. I found it a bit odd to be honest! They didn't require makeup, but I guess you could say it was encouraged, though not as much in my dept. [I worked in the spa, massage therapist- if you want to wear something comfy all day that's the job for you!] We also had rules about what color nail polish could and couldn't be worn, size of earrings, number of rings, permissible piercings, no visible tattoos, etc.

I've never worn makeup on a regular basis (too lazy), and I've never had a problem- worked as a barista, admin assistant, massage therapist, movie theatre manager, projectionist, and massage teacher.

I've also had several older women come in for massages with really screwed up feet from being required to wear heels to work everyday, back in the 50's and 60's- it's dress flats for me when I need to look nice!

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Hmm my make-up free friendly jobs:


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It's never been expected of me to wear make up to any of my jobs:

Kennel assistant
Veterinary assistant
Data entry for a bookstore/cafe
Data entry for a contact lens manufacturer
Data entry for a large health insurance company
Administrative secretary for a division of a major university medical school
Other administration for the same division of the med school

Working with animals wearing make up just seemed silly to me. I ended up covered in all sorts of bodily fluids, I can't imagine make up would have helped anything.

Data entry was all behind the scenes. At the bookstore/cafe I was actually sitting in the main part of the store working, but the owner was a pot smokin' hippie and he totally didn't care at ALL what I wore.

As a secretary I did tend to wear a bit of mascara and maybe a touch of bronzer. But it was definitely not expected of me. I just felt like it.

When I got promoted I kept wearing it just because I always had in this job. But at some point someone mentioned (just as part of the conversation about make up, not in a bad way) that I never wear make up.

Then I got pregnant and had a baby. I figured if nobody could tell that I was wearing make up anyhow, there was no way I was going to deal with make up in the morning at the same time as dealing with an infant.

My dress codes have always been pretty lax, too. I've never worn heals in my life. Maybe a really wide stacked type of heal, but never a skinny one. I've never worn hose to work. I haven't owned hose in many many years, except for one pair of thigh highs for job interviews. Working with animals I work scrubs. At the bookstore and the insurance company I wore jeans. At the contact lens company and now I have to dress business casual M-TH, but could/can wear jeans on Friday. And business casual basically means anything but jeans. I've worn cords, black jeans, etc, without a problem. I also wear dressy flip flops.

I'd have to be hard pressed to take a job that required things like make up, hose, dressy shoes, suits, etc...

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There is so much prejudice out there in the work world against women who don't wear makeup. The sexism of it really upsets me, since a man would never be passed up for a job or considered "unprofessional" for not wearing makeup. I was thinking we could make a list. Not having to dress up uncomfortably (including high heels) would be good too.

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I hate make up. I personally believe that it is just another thing showing how obcessed with appearance our society is.

I have been a teacher, a photographer in a retail setting, a manager of a retail portrait studio, a self employed photographer (currently) a retail cashier, and fast food crew. At none of these jobs have I ever experienced any sot of prejudice for not wearing makeup or high heels. I have never been passed up for a job or promotion for not wearing make up. And, while I have had people tell me that they experience better sales when they are made up, I have actually purchased make up to test that theory and I haven't ever found that to be true for me either.

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She rolled her eyes and said, "You're going to tell me I have to wear makeup to work, aren't you?!"
You know, I think this says something...I think a lot of folks who do something "non mainstream" like not wearing makeup are often LOOKING for a predjudice and assuming that others are so against what they are doing. I have personally found that there are very few people that care if someone else is wearing make up.
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I am going to be really honest and state that I have not run into this prejudice. I wear makeup very rarely, and have never felt it to be in any way an issue.

I have worked several office admin type jobs. Currently I am a supervisor in a warehouse (I have to admit, that may belong on your makeup-free friendly list.)
: I guess I never really thought of it. I never wear makeup and I don't have perfect skin. You can tell I had acne as a kid but it isn't the big holes. Well I did a few times very light, it was for my wedding and about 2 weddings. The other weddings I just wore some lipstuff.

I use to work as a contractor to the coast guard and we were in the same building as our client. We just had to dress and act professional. I never thought of makeup being an issue in any job. Unless you work for a fashion magazine like on Ugly Betty(yea like the show). Now I work at home because they allowed me once I got my first child, now I am going on my 3rd.
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I used to work as a midwife. My coworkers (gently) poked fun at me for wearing makeup. It's not a common thing.
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Posting w//o yet reading the thread aside from OP.

I find it interesting that some have noticed a bias against women not wearing make-up. That is something I have never thought, felt, or experienced at all. This comes from a non-make-up wearer; most of my friends, relatives, class mates do wear make-up.

but here is a list if I had to think about it:

Plumber
electrictian
athlete
police officer
ambulance attendant/paramedic
firefighter
factory worker
life guard
garbage person
truck driver
daycare provider
teacher
farm worker
janitor


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In many jobs one can communicate this by only occaisionally wearing makeup to important meetings. But go short hair and totally butch, and see if you get treated the same way. You won't. .
I once shaved my head, and I was treated as though I had cancer

I have a really pretty head though

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I have a really pretty head though
I shaved my head and had the same reaction! It was a really freeing experience- and a bit chilly up top!

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Well I did a few times very light, it was for my wedding and about 2 weddings. The other weddings I just wore some lipstuff.

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I didn't wear makeup at my wedding. Nor for my dd's wedding. I have no idea if she wore makeup as the bride.

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I work for a University and have held several positions here, and nobody expect women to wear make up. I usually wear a little because I like it, but I have plenty of powerful coworkers who are make up free.
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I work for a University and have held several positions here, and nobody expect women to wear make up. .
Me too. I am a professor and I have never work makeup in my life. I can also dress however I want - holes in jeans, tee-shirts and shorts, whatever.

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I didn't wear makeup at my wedding. Nor for my dd's wedding. I have no idea if she wore makeup as the bride.
lol..This would have been me but my aunt(who is into fashion, hence a seamtress) had me go to one of those counters to find my shade and she did it. Some liquid makeup thing, tweezed my eyebrow(which I don't believe needs it) and some lip thing(didn't seem like real lipstick). I also lost the makeup not to long after, bought a next one saying I will use it for special occasions and lost that too((after trying it out twice by myself for 2 weddings). I never tried again, I am just not responsible enough for makeup
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I am a teacher too and I don't wear makeup. It helps me concentrate on my job when I'm not distracted by my appearance and gives me more time to do other things in the morning, etc.. Almost all of the other teachers at my school do wear makeup and I usually get a bunch of comments on my outfit (from teachers and students) on the rare occasions that I wear something that is more dressy than my normal slacks and nice t-shirt.

Last week the teachers started back. The students come in on Tuesday. I was noticing that most of the the teachers were wearing very causal clothing - shorts, tanks, flip flops - but almost all of them still had on their makeup. I think that has to do with the "I do it for myself" frame of mind. When you wear makeup on a regular basis, you get accustomed to what you look like with it on. Since it really does make you look "better", it's hard to get used to what you look like without it. But the thing is, most of us don't go around staring into mirrors all day, so I doubt that it's really about what we look like to ourselves, but what we know we look like to people who observe us.

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I'm a teacher and I never wear make-up, but it would probably help me professionally if I dressed up more, if I wanted to move "up" at all. But, I don't, so I don't worry about it. The administration certainly complains every year about how the teachers aren't dressy enough, and most of us generally ignore it. They do make the men wear ties, and I feel sorry for them.
They make men wear ties at my school, too. It's looks nice, but really uncomfortable.

I am a teacher, too. I wear make up if I feel like it, but to work I generally just wear chapstick and eyebrow pencil...sometimes a little brown shadow on my lids so I don't look quite so puffy if I have been up most of the night nursing and/or marking papers.

I have worked in lots of jobs though and never felt the need to be feminine, though I will say on the days I did feel like wearing make up or heels or a more feminine cut suit I definitely had more doors held for me, more technical and manual labor help offers from the men in the office and more free bagels and coffee thrown my way. It certainly can be encouraging to wear make up when you know a little mascara and lipstick can shave 20$ off your week's food bill.

Not that I would ever have taken advantage of my sexuality or the tendency towards male's obsession with appearances like that...not me. I certainly would never have let my boss stare at my cleavage and then use his guilt to ask for a day off to go skiing with my boyfriend...not me.

I will say, now that I am a teacher I really appreciate being judged for the quality of the job I do rather than y looks because the kids don't care what I look like as long as I can teach them how to write...but I do wear make up and heels and even hose on teacher/parents nights, because I don't want them to think I am a puffy wornout old lady who doesn't have enough energy to lift a pencil let alone recall who their kid is out of a group of 50. I look more alive with eyeshadow and lip gloss. Especially at 7pm on a school night.

I also love make up when going out dancing. I think colored eyeshadow is awesome, and I <3 body shimmering lotions and dusters.

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lol..This would have been me but my aunt(who is into fashion, hence a seamtress) had me go to one of those counters to find my shade and she did it. Some liquid makeup thing, tweezed my eyebrow(which I don't believe needs it) and some lip thing(didn't seem like real lipstick). I also lost the makeup not to long after, bought a next one saying I will use it for special occasions and lost that too((after trying it out twice by myself for 2 weddings). I never tried again, I am just not responsible enough for makeup
Funny. I am a seamstress; have been for over 32 years. In all those years, I've never known a seamstress who wore makeup. We're too apt to put pins in our mouths. Can't be touching our faces and then touching the garments. I've washed my hands more as a seamstress than I ever did changing diapers.

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I'm a zookeeper and make-up is definitely not required! My zoo is also tolerant of tattoos, piercings, hair, etc and many are.

There are a few, (like Disney's Animal Kingdom and some others), that have strict appearance policies but make-up is always optional.

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I think a lot of folks who do something "non mainstream" like not wearing makeup are often LOOKING for a predjudice and assuming that others are so against what they are doing. I have personally found that there are very few people that care if someone else is wearing make up.
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I rarely wear make-up, only for special occasions when I feel like it, never for everyday use, so I don't know of any jobs that not be friendly to that honestly. There are definitely jobs where an overall more casual look is much more acceptable, but for me, I pretty much don't wear make-up, so even at a place that is completely professional attire required, I still wouldn't be wearing makeup. I guess a job selling make-up might have that as a requirement to wear make-up, otherwise though, I don't really see it.

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I have done all sorts of jobs. In the legal field, engineering, accounting, even clerical front office work. I have never worn make up. Currently I am the VP of a consulting engineering firm... no make up here! None of the women here actually wear make up on a regular basis.

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I am prior military (no make-up there) and now work for DOD as an electronics tech. Still don't wear make-up. I haven't experienced any bias for not wearing it. If anything, in my field, it's the opposite. The women who wear make-up and dress more feminine have a tendency to be regarded by many of my male co-workers as less than capable.

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I've always worn light or occasional makeup myself, but worked with women who did not. In each job we had to be presentable, but certainly not made up.

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I have never had a job where make up was mentioned except to say that IF we wear make up it must be light/natural looking and if it is too obvious we will be asked to remove it or sent home. Almost every job I have had with a dress code has specified natural/light make up if we wear any. Only restrictions, no demands. Currently I am not allowed to wear finger nail polish although I occasionally get away with clear. (I work in a butcher shop by the way). i have never experienced any sort of bias. I however do have pretty good skin even though I am pushing 40. partly because i have never worn much make up and never tanned. I do wear moisturizer....thats the difference between looking 25 and looking like the crypt keeper. For a while I worked for tips and did get better tips when I did my hair and wore a little mascara and foundation. It was not required but hey, whatever filled the tip jar.

And I think basic grooming and looking professional goes both ways. I used to work at a job where women could wear nice knit t shirts but men had to wear dress shirts and ties. Also, when I friend of mine complains he can't get a job I want to scream at him to shave his stupid beard because no one will hire him with that thing on his face. I think he would rather starve. I knew a guy who owned and ran a high end retail specialty store and always had clownish facial hair. So unprofessional. People did not take him seriously as a business man. I think men shaving is far more important and required than women wearing make up. My friend had a job once and if they showed up with so much as a five oclock shadow they were handed a razor and sent to shave before they punched in. seriously. I am sure the women were expected to wear make up there. a certain look was expected.

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Vet tech. None of us ever wore make up, it comes off anyway when dogs are slobbering on you.

Now as a student teacher, I wear a thin layer of Bare Minerals foundations to stay non-shiny throughout the day and chapstick. Nothing more than that. And I am a dresses, skirts, and dress pants kind of girl (I look young so I dress up more than most teachers at the school) but I never wear heels. I wear nice flats.

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Forestry technician!!! But, on the down side, it's hard to find good gear for women, and I all I could wear was 38" waist men's Dickies overalls with the side buttons undone while pregnant. Prejudice is VERY strong in the outdoor clothing/equipment industry.
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At my workplace some do (like me) but many don't. Same all over my university. Dress is business casual, for the most part. We tend to dress a little nicer than the profs, except for those in the Business dept.

The only place I've ever worked that had a "dress code," which included pantyhose (ugh!) and seemed to expect makeup was a medical department at a hospital run by a 50-something office manager who was simply from that era where those things mattered. (that was in the 90s).

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psychologist, counselor, social worker, etc. Well, any health care really.
Agreed! I'm a protective services social worker and makeup brings unwanted attention from male clients most of the time.... and heels get in the way when you're being chased down

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I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor and I don't wear make up. I think that most of the women I work with don't wear make up on the job either.
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I've worked in three countries in publishing, high tech and financial industries and never encountered prejudice against not wearing makeup.
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