Depressing Study Shows That Women Who Wear Heavy Makeup Are Taken Less Seriously As Leaders

According to a new study, women who don heavy makeup are less likely to be perceived as good leaders.

Researchers at Abertay University in Dundee, Esther James and Shauny Jenkins,discovered a correlation between the amount of makeup a woman wears and a colleague’s perception of her leadership ability.

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Participants were asked to analyse a series of images which featured the same woman with and without makeup.

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Each participant was then asked to judge sixteen face-pairs before deciding which woman would be a better leader, based on their image.

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Findings indicate that both men and women viewed the women wearing more makeup in a negative light therefore believe she would be a poor leader in the workplace.

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Dr Christopher Watkins of Abertay’s Division of Psychology, who led the study, revealed, “This research follows previous work in this area, which suggests that wearing makeup enhances how dominant a woman looks.”

He added: “While the previous findings suggest that we are inclined to show some deference to a woman with a good looking face, our new research suggests that makeup does not enhance a woman’s dominance by benefitting how we evaluate her in a leadership role.”

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