Sunday Sharing: Question for you

Sunday Sharing is not just for me to blab my thoughts. I think it’s about time I ask the question now, don’t you think? This is a very general makeup related query. I am a firm believer that when I go to work, I want to look presentable – that is, with some makeup on. Most of my colleagues however, do not wear much makeup. In fact, many of them do not wear any makeup at all!


Even when I’m in a tremendous hurry that leaves me no time to apply makeup at home, I will take 10 minutes to apply it once I get to work. I do keep a full set of makeup in my office for days like these. I will put on a tinted moisturiser as a base, concealer to cover up marks, a cream blush, face powder, brow pencil and mascara. When I haveย extra time, I do put on some eyeshadow (just a single shade will do) and eyeliner before mascara. Oh, not to forget the lippie!

When I ask around at work, my colleagues who do not wear makeup at all tell me that they don’t have to meet with clients, hence, it’s OK for them not to put on makeup. Some frontliners who do meet up with clients wear very minimal makeup too. I observe some wearing only eyeshadow without liner or mascara. Some apply very streaky blush and some just do not care much about their appearance.

Now, what say you? There is no right or wrong, just individual preference – do you think we should take some time in the morning just to apply some lipstick to brighten up the complexion, or do you think it’s OK to go to work bare faced? Please bear in mind I am not talking about young girls born with flawless complexion, rosy cheeks, red lips and thick lashes. Most of those who do not apply makeup are mature enough to have fine lines,ย eye bags, dark circlesย and hyperpigmentation.

I would really like to know what you think. You definitely know where I stand, since I am a self professed vainpot. If I may say it, at least, the very least, some colour on the lips will be great.

Now, your turn. Bring it on ๐Ÿ™‚


xoxo Lily


  • xin

    i am one of those who go work bare face! i always stretch my waking up to the max hence leave no room for make up at all >< at the very least, i always have lipstick on! so i don't look like a zombie. but when i wakeup early, i do put on makeup.

    • Lily

      Ha ha! Well, at least you have lipstick on. I always have a set of makeup at work so I have a life saver when I’m pressed for time. I find it very convenient!

  • Some of my co-workers don’t use it. I guess it’s about what makes you happier and comfortable, to use makeup or not to use makeup. I wear makeup six days in a week and let my skin rest on one day. I love choosing what blush will go with what eyeshadow or lippie. I love applying it. It’s fun! When at work retouching in the afternoon is my one minute escape from work. It makes me happy and keeps me sane.

    • Lily

      Hi Joanne, you’re right. It’s definitely whatever makes them happy and comfortable. I also think it is influence of fellow colleagues. If everyone wore makeup, I’m sure it’s just a norm to apply at least a tinted lip balm?

  • Jennifer

    Hi Lily,

    This is an interesting topic. I am an ultra late bloomer when it comes to skincare, let alone makeup. I guess I am so used to seeing my bare face at work that I might not realized that it may scare off a lot of people ๐Ÿ™‚ I think we should look presentable at work, client facing or not. My take is it’s work etiquette and professional behaviour – just like how we’d put on clean and ironed clothes with or without accessories, the same goes for a lightly or extensively touched up face.

    I remember my colleagues were a buzz over the fact that that women who wear makeup at work generally get better jobs, get promoted more quickly and get paid more. It may hold some truth in certain industries perhaps. But we’re all such visual creatures actually ๐Ÿ™‚

    So yeah, these days I am learning to put on some lipstick and making baby steps to putting on foundation that doesn’t turn me into an oil slick chick ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      Thanks for the feedback Jen! I absolutely agree. Have you tried a tinted moisturizer for your face? It’s a start. I personally prefer liquid foundation but if your face gets oil slick quickly, your answer might be powder foundation instead. Or use an oil control primer ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hanny Daforcena

    Seriously, I think that makeup for the office is a must. It gives the impression that you respect those that you are working with and for. When I was in my internship, only the lady in sales wore makeup for the reasons that they didn’t need to meet customers. As a student, makeup is seen as something fun for me, but in the real world, it does serve a purpose.

    • Lily

      I used to work for a company that states all female employees must wear lipstick! one of my ex colleagues got away with wearing nothing on her face because she had a lovely complexion and Rosy red lips!

      • Hanny Daforcena

        Wah! Lucky girl! ^.^

  • Samreen

    well the truth is that no one likes a face with dark circles,wrinkles etc.and if we have make up to look ourselves beautiful then why not we apply make up..looking good gives you confidence.I think women should apply make up but make up should be natural in office.

    • Lily

      I agree makeup should be work appropriate, something that boosts confidence but shouldn’t be too overwhelming. Having said that, the wearer also has to feel comfortable!

  • lyn

    You brought up an interesting point. Most of the ladies I work with don’t wear makeup and they probably think I’m strange because I go to work with a face full of slap (I get stares every once a while). To be very honest, I think many of them can do with some foundation and a touch of lipstick. Even a tinted lipbalm helps! Makeup makes me look more polished, not to mention that it evens out my ruddy / splotchy skin. As long as you don’t have super party makeup or look like a clown, it’s good.

    I think many ladies I work with can benefit from some makeup. That 5 minutes you spend on your face every morning will help a long way. In their eyes, I am probably very high maintenance and it’s somewhat true if that means I make an effort to look decent so I don’t scare people off ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Lily

      That’s so true and I can imagine how they think we are high maintenance. I guess we are biased because we are all interested in makeup one way or the other… But yes, tinted lip balm does add colour and does make a Lot of difference!

  • Bellen

    Interesting topic! I definitely think that make up is must have for work! Women should take 10-15 minutes to put on some make up.

    • Lily

      Glad we think alike! Sometimes I wonder what they are thinking but I always remind myself: individual preference ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Karmen

    I’m a late bloomer too. Only gotten interested this year (am thirty!) but I find it fun and makeup gives me confidence. I’ve started off with bb creams n now a cream blusher. I don’t think it is necessary for everyone to wear makeup but it certainly helps with making me more ‘presentable’. Thumbs up to a polished look!

    Great fan of your website btw!

    • Lily

      Hi Karmen, I didn’t start applying makeup until I was pregnant with my first child. Then, the rest was history! Makeup isn’t necessary but looking polished is. I agree with many readers that looking presentable is also respecting other colleagues, don’t you think? Thank you for reading my blog! You readers are what keeps me motivated. Love to hear more from you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wynnce

    Absolutely agree with you, Lily! Presentable = Politeness when we’re working. Make-up is not only for others/clients to see it, it is our attitude towards ourselves and to the others thing. I believe every women like to be beautiful, and appearance is definitely one of the point that make us become much more confident and hence towards our works too.

    • Lily

      Yay! One more who agrees with me. It’s a morning ritual that gets me going, for sure!

  • Jesslyn Soh

    I for one thinks that every lady should have AT LEAST a dash of lipstick on when you go to work. Maybe i worked in Deloitte before and the HR Manager always emphasized that we should have respect for your own and others by looking presentable and not like you just woke up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Better for the self confidence and mood too. Its really a mood booster to others too :))

    Just some simple makeup can do wonders!

    • Lily

      Yes yes, just a dash of blush and a stain of lip colour make a lot of difference. When I’m in a hurry, it’s always tinted moisturizer, mascara and lipstick. Less than 5 minutes but adds glow!

  • ever since i was little girl i learned from my adult cousins’ conversation about putting on makeup for work = presentable = polite. no matter how little time i have in busy mornings, i’ll put on some makeup before going to work. the most minimal is concealing dark circles and lipstick. i’m not young and i don’t want to scare people :p

    besides being presentable, i enjoy putting on makeup. i feel good when i see myself pretty. so it’s more for myself than for anyone else.

    • Lily

      You’re right about not scaring people off and that is also for ourselves. Sometimes when I’m bare faced, I scare myself so that can’t be good for others. Ha ha!

  • aLeesha

    i’m a late bloomer in makeup.. but before i even know about makeup, i make a point to use lip balm ๐Ÿ™‚ in my company, we sometimes have a makeup class for ladies as some of my collegues are really great in putting eyeshadows, blending well.. so we really looked forward for the makeup classes ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lily

      That’s a great company you work in! I guess appearance really matters to them. I believe staff represent the company’s image and its always a booster to have an intelligent And presentable team!