POLL: Do Women Have to Wear Makeup to Look Professional?


Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry recently looked into how perceptions of women are affected by whether or not they are wearing makeup.

Two studies (sponsored by Proctor & Gamble) were conducted in which 100 photos of 25 women's faces were judged both without makeup and also with three different makeup looks classified as "natural," "professional" and "glamorous."

Not surprisingly, all three made up looks were rated higher in terms of attractiveness, competence, likability and trust. But in a twist that shocked us, the most made up look, termed "glamorous" by the researchers, ranked highest in competence and attractiveness, but lowest in trust. This surprised us, given that we would probably equate trust with competence if all other factors were removed.

But we want to know what you think! Do you believe makeup makes you look more competent? Would you ever go to work without a full face of makeup applied?

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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