Are Woman that wear makeup to work more competent?

Monday, 9 July 2012

A recent study by Harvard University showed that woman that wear makeup to work are perceived as more competent, likeable and trustworthy by their colleagues.

The study, which was also designed by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, flashed the images of 25 women – of different races and ages and wearing different levels of makeup – to more than 250 people. The main conclusion was that people judge women who wore noticeable lip and eye makeup as more competent than their démaquillée counterparts.
Harvard were not the only believers in this theory....
A post on Psychology Today says that “additional research published in the International Journal of Cosmetics Science (Nash et al., 2006) discovered that people judge women wearing cosmetics as higher earners with more prestigious jobs.
It is important to show your company and your colleagues that you care about how you represent them, physically. Women who wear make-up generally get better jobs, quicker promotions, and a pay increase (Times Online UK). The way that you physically present yourself is the packaging of your personal brand. Whether you like it or not, you will be judged on your appearance.
OK.. so the above 'research' is a little over the top, however I do agree with the statement made, that most of the time you will be judged on your appearance, ( it is human nature :-( ) and those people that ensure that their ' personnel brand' looks it's best will have an advantage.
I wanted to share with you my favourite products for a simple everyday 'work' makeup look. If you are anything like me I am so sleepy in the morning I need something quick and easy, using products that will ensure I can spend longer snoozing. 
Some of my favourites at the moment are.. 
Embryolisse - Lait-Creme Concentre - £ 16.99 ( a little pricey I admit, but well worth the price tag)
This moisturiser is amazing! I saw it on line and heard some great things about it so decided to purchase it from Lovemakeup, I do not suffer from really dry skin, but I often have patches of  dry skin on my cheeks. The product rubs in really easily and does not leave any oily residue behind which I like, it also does not have any perfume in it,so is suitable for sensitive skin. the results I had from using this after only 3 days was AMAZING! my skin was do dewy and soft. I now use this instead of a primer during the week, making my get ready time in the morning super quick!

Bourjois Healthy mix serum, Gel Foundation - £10.00 Boots (bargain!)
This is my favourite foundation at the moment, and at a bargain £10 from boots, you can also get it in a 3 for 2 deal at the moment. This foundation gives you a medium to light coverage, which you can build up should you want a heavier coverage.The reason I love this product so much, is its lastabilty (it really lasts all day, even with my oily skin) and its texture means that you can blend it so easily and quickly! it also smells lush too!

I like to add a blush of choice to the apples of my cheeks(this is different depending on my mood) , please see my recommendations from my previous post here
for my eyes, I like to stay simple with a 'nude' look for work.:

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in 'Snatch' £14.00 Debenhams
This is such a beautiful bronze colour, I love it because it reflects the light so nicely with the gold glitter that it has within it. I feel it's a great way to wear eye makeup without too much of a statement in the workplace.

Body Shop Big and Curvy Waterproof Mascara (which you can purchase here*)- £ 10.00- I love this mascara, it gives you such good quality for the price. The applicator brush is lovely and narrow, which is great for sleepy eyes as it is easier to apply without making a mess!
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil 001 - Dark Brown £ 2.99 Superdrug

This is a really cheap but durable pencil, this is easy to apply and lasts all day!

And there you have my simple makeup look for work.

What do you think about wearing makeup to work? do you think it really makes a difference to how our colleagues perceive us? what are your favourite everyday products?  let me know your thoughts.

Thank you for reading

Over and Out


  1. I wear Bourjois Healthy Mix serum too, it's brilliant isn't it!? I found you on the BBU blog hop :)


  2. This was an interesting post! I think I'd wear makeup to work depending on the job, if I had to start at 7am I don't think I could be bothered to get up and put my face on! lol



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