Hillary Clinton has recently been quoted as saying ‘you know, at some point, it’s just not something that deserve a lot of time and attention’ – she wasn’t referring to her role as US Secretary of State but to the wearing of make up. She went on to say ‘I’m relieved to be at the stage I’m at in my life right now’. I applaud her comments however more than that I applaud any woman’s decision to wear or not wear make up rather than to make it as a grand statement. Personally I feel better with some make up because I feel more professional and it also helps give me a bit of oomph when my skin is looking a little jaded or pale due to the relentless rain we’ve been having! Plus if we have a ‘who cares’ attitude towards make up maybe it could continue towards fingernails, underclothing, hair and basic hygiene and that frankly would be creating a poor first impression of us. I have been reading Steve Jobs’ biography and his early days going to meetings at Apple with bare feet and he being rather less than ‘fragrant’ created some poor impressions of him even though he was clearly exceptionally clever and gifted. It was a strong first impression of him that everyone who was interviewed and contributed to the book who met Jobs at that time commented upon. So what’s your first impression like and what would people comment on upon meeting you for the first time? Why not ask a few to tell you?! You may be surprised by the feedback.
To Makeup or not Makeup – that is the Question!
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