Two thirds of bosses admit they prefer to hire women who wear make-up

Published Friday, Oct 18 2013, 21:30 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A new survey has revealed that shockingly, more than two-thirds of bosses are less likely to hire a woman who doesn't wear make-up to their interview.

The research carried out by beauty firm Escentual, discovered that appearances do seem to matter when it comes to securing a job. Even worse, six out of ten employers explained that female staff are less likely to get a promotion if they go slap-free.

It seems that bosses have a rather shallow view when it comes to the female population, with 67 per cent admitting they would be left unimpressed if a woman ditched the make-up for a key meeting.

Woman applying mascara on her eyelashes.
5 Oct 2012

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We were rather taken back that a woman's looks is deemed as an important aspect when it comes to their work performance.

But it would seem that woman have clearly picked up on the make-up message. The survey also found that 66 per cent would feel a lot less confident at an important meeting, if they went au natural.

A staggering 98 per cent also said they would definitely wear make-up for an interview.

While we are all for adding a bit of mascara and bronzer, we find it rather ridiculous that women's work capabilities are assessed on their appearance.

Emma Leslie, a spokeswoman for the survey, said: "Whether rightly or wrongly, British bosses clearly think appearances at work is an important factor for female staff if they want to get on in their career."

The charity Breast Cancer Care is asking women to go make-up free at work this October in return for sponsorship for the charity in their Dare to Bare campaign.

A good cause and the chance to give our skin a break? We're definitely getting involved!

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