The term “Dress to Impress” is so established, it has become a frequently cited dress code on party invitations. But it seems that we are yet to unite about whether it’s acceptable or not to wear make up to impress, the notion being you could be considered as vain or self centred or be defined as incapable of interesting thought if this is your motive for wearing it.
Women who wear make up almost undoubtedly create a good impression. At the very least, it shows they have made an effort and take pride in their appearance. Just like the right outfit, make up can be a great confidence booster such as in a job interview, returning to work after pregnancy, meeting new people or doing something for the first time. It adds an element of glamour, luxury and fun in our otherwise hectic lives without necessarily having to cost a lot of money. Even during periods of recession., beauty sales remain strong. I admit to having walked many miles in my time in pursuit of the perfect shade of red lipstick and yes it was worth it.
Perhaps another explanation for people who love make up lies in the name itself. It provides an opportunity to make up a different version of or recreate ourselves according to our mood, where we are going or who we are meeting with and what we are wearing.
But is it right for the workplace to expect women to wear make up? We should all respect each others’ choices and accept that we all choose to express ourselves in different ways, through our looks, opinions, values and beliefs. Maybe women will feel confident about expressing themselves in their own way rather than in the way they think others expect them to when we stop saying “You look tired” or “Are you feeling OK?” when they haven’t bothered with the make up. Let’s give ourselves the freedom to express or impress as our mood takes us and to be kinder to each other, because we all know that no matter how much make up we wear, beauty is rarely skin deep.