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In what professions would you expect to see women wearing makeup and not wearing any?

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DrNortherner Sat 02-Aug-08 16:38:05

The makeup thing got me thinking. If any of us turned up to work without makeup our boss would mention it, especially when on site and facing clients.

zippitippitoes Sat 02-Aug-08 16:39:53

really? i find that extraordinary

what on earth do you do?

the only job i would expect make up would be make up counter girl theatre tv film

aGalChangedHerName Sat 02-Aug-08 16:41:04

I am a CM and rarely wear make up. Parents always notice when i do. They always are surprised and remark on the fact.

Mercy Sat 02-Aug-08 16:43:01

Dr Northerner, does your boss apply the same rule to your male colleagues too? shock wink

DrNortherner Sat 02-Aug-08 16:43:22

I work in Event Management. We are expected to be creative and exciting grin

DrNortherner Sat 02-Aug-08 16:44:20

Out of 38 staff there are only 3 men. 2 are accountants and 1 is MD so no makeup rule for them!

My boss told me I looked dowdy cause I wore a cardi!

zippitippitoes Sat 02-Aug-08 16:44:39

is make up exciting then

i dont think thast makes me think someone is exciting imaginative or creative

unless you are talking ziggy stardust nor something lol

DrNortherner Sat 02-Aug-08 16:46:39

Neither do I really, but make up has to be worn when facing clients.

girlnextdoor Sat 02-Aug-08 16:47:40

I don't have a boss- I work for myself smile and wear make up all day every day.

zippitippitoes Sat 02-Aug-08 16:47:50

it wouldnt be enforceable tho as itg is discriminastory practice

Mercy Sat 02-Aug-08 16:49:08


Don't air hostesses have to wear make-up too?

mumfor1standmaybe2ndtime Sat 02-Aug-08 16:50:14

I would only expect it on make up counters in department stores! Maybe I am too working class lol!

I am a window dresser so no need for me to wear it as nobody will see me really.

DrNortherner Sat 02-Aug-08 16:50:24

I thought Virgin cabin crew have to wear red lipy and nail varnish?

watsthestory Sat 02-Aug-08 16:50:51

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zippitippitoes Sat 02-Aug-08 16:51:06

i went for a job interview yesterday and neither the female director who interviewed me or her pa were wearing make up

zippitippitoes Sat 02-Aug-08 16:51:47

thats a good point if you have to wear amke up your boss should pay for it

girlnextdoor Sat 02-Aug-08 16:51:59

All cabin crew have to wear make up ( even the guys??) and they have to wear RED lipstick- had a frined who worked for an airline- not Virgin, or BS, and they all have to.

DrNortherner Sat 02-Aug-08 16:52:19

Ah, but can you be certain? Maybe they went for teh natural look?

watsthestory Sat 02-Aug-08 16:53:59

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Bridie3 Sat 02-Aug-08 16:54:32

I used to work in the marketing department of a management consultancy and it was made subtly clear to me that good grooming probably included discreet makeup. It wasn't a problem for me as I usually wear it.

OracleInaCoracle Sat 02-Aug-08 17:00:14

my db is cabin crew for FC and the women all have to wear make up. he doesnt though.

i never used to wear make up for work (restaurant manager) and in fact sent a waitress home once for wearing too much make up and perfume. too much can look unprofessional imho

shhhh Sat 02-Aug-08 19:20:41

I guess makeup wearing women is expected at make up counters..I would not buy if the sales girls looked like they hadn't made the effort iykwim...

Non wearers..Hmm....nurses..? Don't know why..maybe because I have a friend who is a nurse and she refusses to wear it to work...BUT I wouldn't have a problem if a nurse did wear it...feck, if I was a nurse I would wear it !! grin

OracleInaCoracle Sat 02-Aug-08 19:22:12

there are also hygiene issues. makeup melts and flakes. in jobs where hygiene is vital thereare restrictions iirc

thelittlestbadger Sat 02-Aug-08 19:23:40

Depends really. I'm a solicitor and in my last firm people didn't wear make up in the office at all, but as soon as there was a meeting slap was trowled on all over the place.

beanieb Sat 02-Aug-08 19:25:05

why do they insist on you wearing make-up? Is it because they think make-up is prettier?

Why do women wear make-up and Perfume? Because they are ugly and they smell grin

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