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Made-Up Women Are Less Likely To Be Seen As Good Leaders, Study Finds

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Another day, another study revealing how women are judged by their looks...

According to research conducted by Abertay University in Dundee, women who wear too much make-up at work are deemed less likely to be good leaders compared to those who don't.

The study presented participants with sixteen sets of images, each set showing a picture of a woman made-up as if for a night out (partially enhanced by computer software) and another picture of the same woman bare-faced.

The male and female respondents were then asked to asses which they viewed as the better leader. And the results showed that the women with make-up were generally viewed less positively as leaders.

Ironically, the findings contradicted previous work in the field which suggested that made-up women were seen to be more 'dominant'.

As study leader Dr Christopher Watkins of Abertay’s Division of Psychology says in The Daily TelegraphThe Daily Telegraph: 'This research follows previous work in this area, which suggests that wearing makeup enhances how dominant a woman looks.

'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.'

The study's findings also contracted research conducted in 2016 by sociologists Jaclyn Wong and Andrew Penner, which uncovered that women who groom – i.e. spend their hard-earned wages on blow dries, manicures and make-up – earn more money than those who don't.

Hmm, so let us get this straight... According to the aforementioned research, women who wear make-up will not only be perceived as 'dominant' but they will also earn more money. However if they have aspirations to be effective leaders, well, they can wave those ambitions goodbye.

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