Can a woman only be successful if she wears make-up?

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On Thursday 26th January there was a debate/discussion on ITV's This Morning. The discussion was called “Can a woman be successful without wearing make-up" - I was sitting with a cuppa when I saw this debate come on and it sparked something within me, brining me here to voice my opinions.

This is the clip in questions from This morning - 

After dropping Little bear off at nursery I came home, made a cup of tea and proceeded to watch morning television on ITV as I normally do on my days "off", the days where there's no work, everything's done and I actually have some free time which are few and far between these days. 

I was excited to watch This Morning because it's the morning after the NTA'S and last year it was hilarious! Holly and Phillip were hungover, and it was a really good show, so I was expecting something along the same lines this year. 

But this one? This one left me filled with rage at their discussion on women not being successful if they don't wear make-up, it sort of sparked a rage in me that I didn't know was possible.

A screenshot of a tweet from ofaglasgowgirl that reads "Didn't realise that if you don't wear make-up you're not putting in effort & you don't care about appearance. These comments! #Thismorning

I took to twitter to express my frustration and looked through the #Thismorning hashtag to find my blood boiling even more. Some of the comments that were made really got on my wick and I was disgusted at some people's responses to this discussion.

A woman, no matter what she has on her face should not be judged in her talents, skills and abilities. The thought that if I have a degree and go for an interview, make up free vs someone who has high-school qualification and has her face done up with make-up, that they will be the one to get hired simply because I didn't stick some foundation on really riles me up. 

I am confident and happy within myself to not wear make-up when I want to. I am happy and confident within myself to wear make-up when I want to. I do both, I have make up free time and I have make up time, but just because I have added some contour to my face and some lipstick doesn't automatically mean I'm going to be better at a job. 

There are lots of other ways to take pride in your appearance OTHER than wearing make-up. I was disgusted to hear that XXX wouldn't employ someone if they didn't wear make-up. Where is the logic? Why does wearing make-up automatically define your success? IT DOESN'T. It really, really doesn't make you less successful if you have no make-up on in the workplace. 

Would they hire a man who doesn't wear makeup...? I mean... would they? Going by the logic they must only hire men who wear make-up because why would they only hire women who wear make up? Oh, that's right, double bloody standards. A man is judged on his abilities and his skills within the work place, he's judged on how good he is at his job, not wither or not he's wearing a bloody Mac lipstick with some Urban decay foundation and Benefit mascara, so why should women be judged on this rather than how good they are at their job? I don't get this argument. 

This topic really hit a nerve with me, a woman should be wearing make up for herself, not because her employer makes her, or she fears she will lose her job if she doesn't get that face on first thing in the morning. By no means am I having a go at those who wear make-up, that's not the point. I wear make-up, I love doing my make up! But I sure as hell wouldn't be doing it for my boss so they would actually take me serious in my career. 

What's your thoughts on the matter? 

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  1. It's a good job my current employer didn't use make up as hiring factor, I wouldn't have got the job, I hardly ever wear make up!

    I have no issue with people who wear make up - if I wasn't so determined to spend that extra ten minutes in bed in the morning I probably would be a little more inclined to do so but I'd hate to think that my not wearing make up would be the deciding factor in me getting or not getting a job. Obviously I make sure I'm presentable for work, I'll do something with my hair, and make sure I follow the dress code, though casual Fridays when I can go in in my jeans is my favourite day! The only career I can see it being more of an issue would be something like a flight attendant where it is expected.

    I also have issues with dress codes that demand women wear heels. Now I love my heels and I'll often wear them to work, but you'll also find me in my ballet pumps, I'd certainly not be happy if I was forced into my heels every day!

  2. I find this topic so sad to hear and I'm glad I wasn't watching on this particular day!
    I don't think it should matter either way if you wear makeup or not to work. I personally don't wear any at all, those I work with are older and really couldn't care less if I'm honest. But it's also the fact that we should be made to feel confident in the way we look, and be praised for not wanting to wear makeup all the time.

    We get slated for wearing to much, then put down for not making an effort so they say. It makes me so angry how in the media and this world, we can be told off for being to fat, and then another minute we are to skinny.
    It goes on with so many things and it's so frustrating!


  3. I can't believe this is a genuine thing people believe! It's ridiculous, and downright sexist. I also think it begs the question - is a woman with lots of make-up better than only a little bit of make-up? I'm sure that wouldn't be the case because there's always a "oh she wears too much make-up", so again it's a stupid double standard!

    Paris x

  4. OH MY GOD. I am so incredibly filled with anger after watching that video. I actually feel a bit sorry for that awful woman. She's suffering from internalized misogyny.

  5. Urgh, I hate this attitude so much, where a woman has to wear make-up to be "professional". Uhhhm, what bearing does makeup have on anything other than superficial appearance?
    That said, as much as I very rarely make-up I do make a special effort if I know that the big boss will be in at work or if we have visitors, and I kinda hate myself for it.
    Ooft it's made me angry. I hate misogyny.
    Cora |