Something to worry about in the workplace is your make-up and how you dress. You should always be professional, but not all women dress that way.
The first thing you should do is check your make-up. It is far better to apply too little than too much; too much make-up can actually be scary, whereas too little is an actually decent natural look. Avoid foundation; at the very least, don’t use it the same as laying it on too thick. If you have tan (as opposed to dark) skin, have fun with the eye make-up; it creates a sense of mystery. Try to use enhanced natural colors on lipstick; enhance what you have, don’t be a freak show. Use light blush; it gives you that healthy glow, whereas heavy blush makes you look like a clown.
A consideration for black women: DON’T USE MAKE-UP. A powder to take care of a lot of glow, definitely, but you shouldn’t need much more. Not only do you need to go much more extreme just to make it seen that you are wearing make-up, the natural look usually works better. You can get away with some basic eye make-up, and maybe some lipstick a shade redder than your natural lip color, but not much more.
Too much jewelry should be avoided; you should wear no more than ½ ounce per foot of height per decade of age. The older the woman the more she should be able to demonstrate her wealth; at the same time, it’s rather arrogant for a teen-age girl to wear a lot of jewelry simply because she hasn’t earned it (most of it is from gifts and allowance rather than what she bought personally). In any case, you simply don’t want to wear too much due to security concerns; too much jewelry slows you down and makes you a target. Also, too much jewelry detracts from you as a professional; it’s a form of overcompensation for women, and if overcompensation from guys is ugly, so is t from women.
Dress conservatively; the idea is to actually be taken seriously, and women that wear as little as possible usually aren’t. Also, you should always dress with an eye towards the worst; when it comes to running for your life from a a potential assailant, it’s always best if you can actually run. Shoes are your choice, but ask yourself one question before wearing shoes: How fast can I run in these? Fast shoes also tend to be comfortable shoes, and most people tend to stand or walk a lot at work, so it’s not as silly as it seems.
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