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makeup in the workplace

On face value, most of us would agree that someone’s performance at work should be determined by their skills, talent, experience and communication abilities. Not by their lipstick!

Unfortunately, many women know the feeling of being judged by how they present themselves – and not their professional performance. Studies have found that makeup can negatively impact the perceptions of women’s leadership abilities in the workplace. Females in an office environment are being judged on the amount of makeup they wear, and not by their accomplishments.

There is an opinion that women who wear makeup are more “put together” and therefore more powerful. But too much makeup, and they are not taken seriously. How do we find the balance, and why is it anyone else’s business?

There may be times when I want to wear bright colours and will play around with lip colour. That lip colour may simply give me more confidence, which is why I may seem more prepared, but I just want to have fun with makeup!

I created this brand with the intention for men and women to not only look, but also feel, the best we can. Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside, and I proudly portray that on the outside.

I believe that the main purpose of makeup is to genuinely enhance one’s natural beauty, and creatively express ourselves and how we feel. Your career should not and does not depend on the colour of your lipstick. You be you.

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  1. Thank you for a spot-on article. It is short, yet meaningful and true. Make up is meant to creatively enhance your features, not to make you look like or be someone else. Not workplace-related, but one of the worst experiences of my life was being made up by a “make up artist” for a wedding. She layered my face with thick foundation that was a different colour to my skin, and complained that my eyelashes were too straight and hard to put mascara on, and said “you can blame your genes!” When I looked in the mirror, I almost fell off the stool, as it wasn’t me looking back. She did the exact opposite of what make up should make one feel. If only she had read your article. By the way, I love my calendula powder foundation 🙂

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Ere Perez

I’m Ere, Creative Director of Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics. This is more than a brand for me, it’s a lifelong dream come true. I was born in Mexico where I learned early on to value natural health and wellbeing. When I crossed the oceans and moved to gorgeous Sydney, I brought my heritage and love of natural living with me. Combined with the inspiration of people, places & nature I see around me daily, this is at the heart of everything I do – including being a mother to three children. Life is full and never dull! My natural makeup and skincare range is my absolute passion. I hope all women can feel healthy and beautiful – naturally.

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