I wanted to take a few moments to muse about social protocol and societal expectations.
It has recently been brought to my attention (by women) that wearing makeup is like getting fully dressed. It’s acceptable to not wear makeup to the gym or even if you’re doing a quick run to the grocery store, but to go to work or out with friends with no makeup is just weird.
I recently had people gasp in horror that I would go on a date with no makeup and that I would go to a job interview with no makeup. I didn’t have time to do a good job of putting it on. If I had a bit more time, I probably would have put some on, but I didn’t feel like it was really that big of deal.
Why is this such a bad thing? What is so wrong with my face that I should have to cover it up? Why is me saying I don’t wear makeup every day like saying I don’t wear underwear?
Seriously, that’s how people take it. I have had 2 bosses (again, both of them female) tell me that I should maybe put on some makeup for work because I look unprofessional. (Despite being in uniform, clocked in, with a name tag clearly at work and ready to do my job.)
The picture is my face. No makeup. I have great skin. Why should I cover it up? I’ll add that part of the reason I have such great skin is because I don’t wear makeup all the time.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love makeup. I have a huge collection of it and am capable of pulling off some very elaborate looks. I have a lot of fun with it.
But that’s my relationship with makeup. It’s a fun thing for me. Not a necessary part of my daily routine.
I can’t help but think this should be a personal choice. But is there something I’m missing here? Am I the only one who has come across this attitude from people? Are dates and prospective employers really looking at me like I should have put more effort in to my look?
This would be good to know. This isn’t even a rant as much as it is a legitimate question.
Is not wearing makeup in a professional setting considered unprofessional?
Is showing up on a date not wearing makeup seen as being sloppy?