Wearing the color red generally packs a lot of punch to any wardrobe however, wearing red lipstick to the office may have the ability to kick-start one’s career so confirms feedback from the sample of approximately 460 followers that Aliza researched online. That’s because perception about wearing the color red is that it “exudes confidence” and, makes a bold and memorable “statement”.
Licht’s survey is not the first to study the impact of wearing red lipstick as a color statement. Of those studies performed previously, opinions about the fiery hue were likened to a “self esteem boost” and that can make one feel “bold and empowered”. Findings from similar lipstick surveys also made the connection between youth and the acceptability of wearing red lipstick for daytime.
While the times may be a changing, attitudes in the world of Human Resources haven’t changed but so much. Lipstick is recommended over gloss when preparing for an interview however; red lipstick is still considered a no-no as is fragrance. Why? The power of overt sight and scent can bring about undue attention to the wearer. The last thing a woman needs during an interview.
Conversely, growing acceptance of wearing red lipstick during the daytime may be strongly connected to one’s work environment. Why? Employers hiring professionals for the fashion, cosmetics or communications industries probably would not give a rouge mouth a second glance thinking instead that the look is trend-right, chic and confident versus talent agents sourcing hires for the medical, legal or education fields.
From first hand experience, not only did I wear a red blazer and matching red lipstick to a interview years ago, I nailed the job which eventually launched a long career in the fashion industry.