You enter a room and, in nanoseconds, you are judged by how you look, before you even speak. In a fiercely competitive world and especially as you age, looks matter in a professional environment. Business professionals young and old need a look that projects a well-polished image.
Women often become accustomed to having the same hairstyle and wearing the same makeup for years. We all know women who always look the same (remember that woman that always dresses in purple and the one who has had the same permed hairstyle for years).
The major complaint from most busy women, professionals and moms is how long it takes to get ready in the morning. Sometimes they give up and get their lips tattooed red and a line tattooed on their eyelid so it looks like they are wearing eyeliner. Unfortunately, it fades very quickly and everyone knows that you had permanent makeup done and it does not look fresh.
Another common oversight women forget is hair on their lip or obvious hair sticking out of their nostrils. I have seen many women with flawless makeup only to see hair on their lip or hair hanging out their nostrils. Sometimes the hair on their lip is dark and it shows even more. It is not a good look.
Men are beginning to realize that they may need more than just a shave and a haircut. They may be well-dressed, but haven’t given a second thought to their faces. They are forgetting the small things that make a big difference. Those long 1 1/2 inch hairs in their brows, ear hair and hairs sticking out of nostrils is very unattractive. Think about the last time you spoke to a man at a networking event and noticed their furry ears. You weren’t even listening to them speak, you were checking out their errant hair.
Don’t think it is only the older men, the younger group need to eliminate any distractions that take away from a person’s professional image.
Check Before You Walk Out That Door!
Make the time before you walk out that door to check what your face looks like. Are your clothes pressed, are your shoes in good shape? What is your handbag like? Maybe take a few minutes on the weekend when you have some down time to really look at your yourself. Prepare for the coming week by setting aside your accessories and give them a once over.
Today’s competitive world shows no sign of moving away from the visual. Be ready!