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Does makeup help or hurt a woman's self-esteem?

According to this study, wearing makeup increases a woman’s likeability.

By Kim Anne Jan 4, 2013 8:29PM

Photo: Thomas Tolstrup/Getty ImagesWhen it comes to leaving the house without lipstick on, many of us just can’t bear to do it. Whether we’re going to run errands or heading to the office, some women feel strongly about puckering up and applying their go-to shade to feel their best. But is applying makeup before you head into the office good for your career? Perhaps.

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The debate on the subject is out. According to the New York Times, it could go either way. Some argue that a simple tube of lipstick makes a woman appear more competent, especially in regards to the workplace. A recent survey is confirming that to be the case, with findings that reveal wearing makeup increases a woman’s likeability and competence in the workplace.  

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Others insist that it should be a choice, not a requirement. “If makeup enhances women’s self- confidence, they should by all means wear it,” Deborah Rhode a law professor at Stanford and the author of "The Beauty Bias," tells the Times. “But it should be a choice, not a requirement imposed on employees where it is not essential to job performance. The world would be a better place if women were judged more on competence and less on appearance.”

Tell us: Do you think lipstick makes or breaks a woman’s self esteem?

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Jan 6, 2013 7:54PM
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Woman and men have been primping themselves since the beginning of time.  So pick those berries and color those lips.
Jan 6, 2013 1:53AM
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I can go either way. In the workplace, I like to look polished. For me, this means a tinted moisturizer with SPF, a light shade of blush, natural eye shadow, mascara, and lip gloss. It sounds like a lot but takes a minute or two to apply and looks very natural. On the other hand, if I am at a play date or the park, I just use a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

 

If a woman if comfortable with her makeup choice, she will come across as confident. If it feels unnatural to her but she is supposed to wear it, she will feel uncomfortable and self-conscious.

Jan 5, 2013 11:08PM
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I seldom were makeup and usually only blush and lip gloss. I find foundations and lip sticks uncomfortable and gross. But if you feel you must were those products, replace them every six months and wash your face with a really good cleanser and condition your skin with a non-clogging moisturizer. And above all don't forget your sun screen!

As for the perception that wearing makeup makes a woman look more confident and likeable, it depends on how much she uses and how she uses it, with makeup, less is more!

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