Flight attendants, bankers, administrative assistants, management positions. Four of the many career fields where you always see women well groomed, well dressed and well perfumed on the job. They all greet people on behalf of their respective companies and provide some form of customer service. It would be perfectly fair to say that they can be seen as a reflection of their workplace.
Something that I have taken notice of overtime in my own personal encounters with these women in those career fields as a customer myself is that ‘well-groomed’ often includes makeup. Here. We. Go
I started to think to myself, are women in these roles always simply expected to get dolled up with a face of makeup to enhance their beauty? Is it expected by their employer as well as the customers they serve? If they came to work barefaced one day, would everybody notice?
Personally, I believe that the answer to all those questions are yes; an enormous blinking, flashing YES! Although no employer can legally say that makeup is expected of you, sometimes it is written in tiny, ultra-fine ball point pen, invisible ink. As a customer, you can detect it when you walk into a building and everything from their flora to their fauna exudes taste and class and if you’re an employee, you can detect it your first week on the job when you observe the appearance and behavior of everyone around you. It is human nature to prefer the lady on the bank teller line who presents herself well. For some this can even influence the degree of great customer service that she provides.
I learnt a very monumental component to life a long time ago. Respect everybody’s opinions and preferences. You do not have to agree but always respect it. Makeup is of course, a man-made product designed to allow us as women to enhance our beauty. Some women love it, some use it in moderation while some prefer none at all. It’s safe to say I’m a makeup lover, however, I am not compelled to perform the skill of makeup application every single day. I would have to wake up earlier than I normally do, and I wouldn’t walk away from the mirror until I feel confident that I like my makeup look. For me, it seems like a strenuous task to complete every single day. My daily interactions with these women got me thinking. If I was in their career field, could I do makeup every day for work? Probably not. If I were working in a bank where everyone wore their makeup to work to look their best, I would feel compelled to complete my look with makeup every morning as well to adapt to my environment as an employee. It doesn’t make me insecure about myself or less confident in my own abilities to perform, but it is human nature. This is what happens most times.
The term ‘well groomed’ is open to your interpretation and perception and my definition of the word and what it includes may be different form yours. I had the pleasure of speaking with two female banking professionals and they explained that their version does include makeup. Being that they are in client-facing roles, perception and customer service coincides with each other. They want to always look their best and enhancing their beauty with makeup aids them in doing this. This is their best well-groomed look.
It’s the same reason we as women put on our favorite work attire and best professional makeup look when there’s something special going on at work like picture day. It’s our best well-groomed look, and nobody has to persuade us to do it.