I never wear blush or lipstick (though I love a clear lip gloss!), rarely wear foundation, but I love the way eye makeup (eye shadow, eye liner, mascara) makes me look. I really feel better and present better and am just a jazzed up version of myself - kind of like when you are wearing an outfit that you know you look great in.
So I'd have to agree with the people that say you'd be more likely to be hired if you wear makeup. : But I don't think you need to cover your freckles with foundation. I think eye makeup and lip gloss is a nice middle ground if you aren't already comfortable wearing makeup.
That isn't really true. I have probably put on make-up 6 times in 50 years, and once was even photographed with it. It looked OK, but I can't stand how it feels.
Thoreau (I think) said, "Beware of any enterprise that requires new clothes", and I have extrapolated to include makeup. I worked my way up to management in a major bookstore chain (years ago) and now work for a non-profit, all without make-up. I think if I wore make-up for an interview, I would feel I had to wear it all the time at the job. I guess I don't want that kind of job.
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It's funny... I would basically assume that a future employer will take me less seriously if I'm wearing makeup. I know I would take myself less seriously! I mean, do men put on makeup for a job interview? No, and it ain't because they're so pretty they don't need it!
Plus, I have experienced enough sexual harrassment in work as it is. I don't need that kind of attitude.
I don't do face make-up, like blush or shadow unless it's a special occasion like a big party. I haven't worn foundation or all over powder in years, it's so bad for your skin. Just moisturizer and a little concealer under the eyes if I'm going all out. I notice that even though I'm in my 30's my skin looks better and brighter now than it did when I was in my 20's and wore face make up (powder/foundation) daily.
Almost all of it's all natural though, and cruelty free.
highlighting color (Forehead, cheeks, chin, bridge of nose)
lipstick or tinted gloss
eyebrow pencil or powder
and I set with a fancy schmancy mist before I do my eyeliner and mascara.
I love the way makeup feels, and when I don't wear it I will always get someone asking me if I feel alright, or comment on how tired I look.: But it is a pain, and I love the days when I'm home sick and all I have to do to get ready for bed is brush my teeth!
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Also, I have been offered every job I have ever interviewed for.
I do for daily wear have a natural look...but sometimes I like wearing a deeper shade of lipstick, I love lipstick and mascara most of all.
Dh and I were cracking up the other day, he was watching me put my makeup on and asking me what I was doing with each step. I told him with the powder Im taking all the color out of my face and making it all beige...then I put on blush to put color back on...etc.
For me its just all fun. :
I wear foundation every day. On days I want to look nicer I'll use my bronzing beads, and some neutral eyeshadow. If I am being fancy I'll add eye-liner and lipstick.
As for the job thing,.. I would think it depends on what industry you are in.
No one in my newsroom would give the proverbial rat's butt about whether a candidate was wearing makeup. It is all about skill.
But other industries are more appearance-conscious, and it might matter there. But hopefull you are not trying to get jobs that don't suit who you are. I think it is always a mistake to take a job where you have to pretend to be someone else.
I also feel, IMO, that it ages women. I have gorgeous friends and they all wear make-up. But in the past year or two (and these are all super gorgeous and crazy health conscious women) I have noticed that up close the make-up accentuates their lines. As they start to get lines I find the make-up does exactly the opposite fo what they want it to do and this is make-up applied modestly to look very natural and not like make-up. I find the women I know who look the youngest/freshest are those not wearing make-up.
I too have always been offered the job when I've interviewed so I wouldn't worry about not being taken seriously because of no make-up. As another poster put it, men don't wear make-up to interviews and still get hired.
I wore make up on my wedding day too... And I hated the way it looked! The woman put so much on I looked like I was about to go on stage for Broadway. I felt so self-conscience the whole time cause it did not feel like me. But she did it as a favor and mil had bought all the make up. She is the one that pushed for me to wear it in the first place (for the pictures).
I use Shea Butter on my face. It does not leave yucky but leaves it feeling soft.
But thats the extent of it.
Actually every now and then I 'need a change' and decide I'm gonna start looking put together and grown up and go out and buy some new makeup. That usually lasts a day or two after the purchase.
I also don't paint my nails. I don't like it at all on me.