Studies Say This Beauty Habit Gets You Paid More

In a study recently published in the Journal of Social Stratification and Mobility, researchers Jaclyn Wong of the University of Chicago and Andrew Penner of the University of California at Irvine tested the "attractiveness-income relationship" to see whether a person's attractiveness is a factor in how much money they earn at work. The test took into consideration what constitutes attractiveness, as well as time spent on makeup and grooming.

The research revealed that people (men and women) who fall on the "attractive" side of the spectrum are paid 20 percent more, on average, than their counterparts. For women especially, their "attractiveness factor," which relied heavily on their makeup and grooming habits, had a big impact on their income.

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Now I don't know about you, but I wear makeup to work. Not so I can get paid more, but because it makes me feel more confident and put-together. When I feel like I look better, I believe it translates to better work. Celebrity makeup artist Mary Wiles agrees. "Makeup can make you look and feel more polished and confident, and then you exude that self-confidence, which makes others believe in you too," she says. "Well-applied makeup says to your coworkers, 'I take care of myself and do things well!' A red lip can say, 'I believe in myself and my choices!'"

But should putting on makeup really have anything to do with your salary objectively speaking? Considering women already only make 77 cents on the dollar in the workplace compared to men, this is just one more hurdle we have to conquer. So whether you're like me and love a pop of pink blush in the morning to look more awake, or you prefer to go the bare-faced, au naturel route, you should be rewarded for your hard work either way. 

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  • JoannieO
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    I've been a RN for 44 years, still working but in a part-time retirement status, and always blow-dry, flat iron, & apply makeup before work. I've been told how nice and healthy I always look and surprisingly, after reading this article, have gotten yearly raises, even during the recessionary years of 2009-present. I do believe that grooming plays an important role in considering a raise; but I also work very hard, and make sure everything is completed, per management's request. I believe it works for both sexes, too, that a well-groomed, clean cut male will make a higher salary than one not so groomed. Then again, most likely this could be that it goes with how a person pays attention to one's looks and how they pay attention to the job at hand. Interesting article but it is very true.

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