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Does A Bold Red Lip Work For Your Office Culture?

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  1. I have never worked in an office- I understand dress code, but lipstick? Can someone please explain to me why red lipstick may be viewed as inappropriate? (serious polite question)

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    1. Pier Grace says:

      To each its own, but I find it hilarious that someone actually said its okay on thn lips but not on thick ones…I guess our natural beauty is a disrtaction…to actually have real lips to wear it on is too much…oh the sarcasm. Anywho, you should able to wear whatever lip color you desire…no one should be paying that much attention and if they are they’re the ones with the problem.

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  2. Tina Jackson says:

    Hope not…I’m an HR professional and have on a bright red at my desk as we speak. Nowadays we’re watching for blues, greens, with designs and glitter on the lip, etc. Red is just fine.

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  3. Lipstick should not be a deterrent in the workplace. Now some clothing…maybe. Lipsticks no…red..not inappropriate.

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  4. Lol I do. The legal field is just so uptight smh. This isn’t the 1950s people.

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  5. I’ve been tempted to wear my green and this matte blue from MAC I think that’s pushing it

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  6. I wear red lipstick to work sometimes…. now blue or purple may be too casual but red is just very feminine. …not casual though

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  7. Why are we always policing women? Damn, women can’t live in peace without someone saying something we’re doing or wearing is inappropriate. That’s annoying. People are always talking what is or what isn’t appropriate for women. Nobody ever ask what’s appropriate for men.

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  8. Yes as long as it is matte

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  9. Kevon Green says:

    Its up to the person wearing it

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  10. Great question. I personally don’t, but my girlfriends do…including purple. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but certain offices/bosses do. Red and other colors that aren’t neutral or “Standard” are considered evening wear to some.

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  11. Lisa LaMotte says:

    In a conservative work environment, red lipstick may be inappropriate. Ex.: a religious organization.

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  12. Eh. Depends on the office. I would, have, and will.

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  13. But red is a neutral as it relates to lipstick. Back in the day, when women first entered the workforce red was a primary lipstick color. I think matte red is okay, but big glossy red lips might be a bit much.

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  14. It depends on your work place!

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  15. I work in HR and I wore Ruby Woo yesterday and I have on Russian Red today.. So nope.

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  16. What ?
    Lipstick is an issue?
    Maybe if you have lips like JayZ

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  17. I wear ALL shades of lipstick in my corporate setting. I’ve got on my fav M.A.C. ‘Heroine’ today actually

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    1. My favorite lipstick! ! Heroine!

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  18. Too much. Too bold.

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  19. I wear red AND purple on the lips. Fashionably stated make up is most certainly acceptable in a corporate setting.

    We are extremely fashion forward in my office in the confines of the dress code. Ain’t NO slouches in here. Great style also incorporates well applied make up.

    It all depends on the specific environment. We GO IN my office. I work in a Local Headquarters corporate office btw.

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  20. I work in HR and wear red lipstick all the time. It’s hard being in a corporate environment because as a black woman I feel every choice I make from hair cut/color/style to outfit I’m scrutinized. My appearance is important to me, I’ve just gotten to the point where I have to be true to who I am.

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  21. Onieg Mc says:

    It’s appropriate. Now red hair that isn’t your natural red hair should be deemed inappropriate! #imo

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  22. I wear all colors in the office.

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  23. Worry about job performance and not whether you like how someone chooses to adorn themselves.

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  24. Bethony Kay says:

    As long as its not being worn with a trashy dress lmao!

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  25. Pauline F-o says:

    I must be breaking all sorts of rules cos I wear it 24/7

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  26. Ziyadah Gray says:

    Why not? Is that what only “loose women” wear? Is that the devil’s color? Lol of course it’s okay. Ppl need to step into the 21st century lol

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  27. Shout out to all the HR ladies on this thread rocking their Red and giving it the okay!!

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  28. I’ve worn it to the office but it needs to be paired correctly with your wardrobe. Red lips and an outfit that looks like you’re headed to club as soon as you leave is a problem. Lol.

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  29. I think it depends on the shade. And of you are going to wear it perhaps not go all out on the eyes.

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  30. Janet Taylor says:

    Thank Goodness lol!! What do u think about the post? Red lippie is good anywhere! Lol

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  31. I was just thinking about this. You know I love a good red lipstick but my workplace seems a bit conservative and I feel like people are staring when I wear it

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  32. Shon Lu says:

    Yes…why not Rhonda Jackson

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  33. I say yes as long as it’s not glittery or sparkly like for the club lol.

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  34. Janet Taylor says:

    Well put on the lippie and walk in with a hint of Kanye and u will be good lol

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  35. Janet Taylor says:

    I agree but with fresh faces like you things will change and modernization will happen.

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  36. I worked in alot of corporate industries from legal to property management. I’ve never had an issue with wearing red lipstick (or any other shade) at any of my jobs. I’ve actually received compliments.

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  37. Tati Ch says:

    In finance you want to keep it simple. Even though women dress inappropriately. Like no bras and see through shirts and skin tight dress pants. Red lips are sensuous. Finance is very uptight even though ppl do other ish that’s inappropriate. In other industries you can rock a red lip.

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  38. Hella appropriate.

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  39. Great article…In my opinion, minority women are often scrutinized/judge based on their hair, make-up, clothing, etc. In some environments it can also hinder your climb up the corporate ladder. I really think it’s based on your specific work culture & where you live.

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  40. I wear my red lipstick everyday!

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  41. Ruby Woo is the Holy Grail. Embrace it.

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  42. There’s a lot of MAC mavens on here. HHEEYY

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  43. Gina Baldwin says:

    I have no problems wearing it how does that effect your work.

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  44. I’m wearing it today…I wear many variations of reds, pinks, and nudes. No harm to me.

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  45. The fact of all things to scrutinize over that’s appropriate for the workplace red lipstick is an issue is astounding to me. Whatever silly stigma tied to wearing red lipstick should have died in the 30’s, 40’s or whenever this silliness was created. I don’t see anything wrong with it I wear it quite often.

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  46. Shy Logan says:

    When you consider that men are aroused by things that simple then yes, it keeps down sexual harassment cases. On the other hand men should have self control,next women will need to dress like Muslim women just to keep a job. Men are ass holes but a required commodity for existence on the planet.

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  47. Kelly Nicole says:

    Smh. Unfortunately, red lipstick has a bad rep with some people. They view it as being a little more than what it is. Most view a red lip as being seductive. However, A red lip is a classic lip color that can be worn with almost anything and with any skin complexion depending on the depth of the shade. If I can’t wear my red lipstick to work because you view it as being seductive, I’m going to need you to grow up. I’m working, making money… I’m not trying to seduce you. I’m speaking for myself. I don’t have this problem. Cheers to red lipstick

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  48. Wearing lipstick is not inappropriate too many rules to follow

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  49. I think Red is an appropriate color for the office with soft, neutral makeup. I love my reds 🙂

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  50. I love color period! Paired with a sharp black and white business suit, why not?! A little splash of color never hurt anyone. It’s 2015 so some places of business have changed with the times. As long as you aren’t dressed in “club wear”, I don’t see it being a problem.

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  51. Mori Mo says:

    Why not? Love reds, they make the face come alive ❤️

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  52. Mii'a ReNee says:

    I wear All shades of lipstick @work…Have the doctors asking what color is that? Because they like it

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  53. I see no problem with red lipstick!! Is it wrong to wear red to church too?

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  54. I see no problem with red lipstick!! Is it wrong to wear red to church too?

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  55. Ummm yes! Hell I’ve worn orange, bright lavender, etc

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  56. I do refrain from wearing stuff too loud. But you know I’m a ladyyyyy! *in my Shenane* voice. Lol

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  57. I do refrain from wearing stuff too loud. But you know I’m a ladyyyyy! *in my Shenane* voice. Lol

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  58. What-da-hell??? Ingrid look at your cousin Tanya.. “I’m a lady”.. BOL

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  59. I work in a corporate setting and I am a lipstick junkie! I own over 50+ tubes of lipstick.

    However, part of looking professional, in my opinion, is wearing clothing, accessories, and makeup that look good on you. Not necessarily to attract attention to your looks– but to make you look put-together, and thoughtful about how you present yourself to others.

    With that being said, I think red lipstick is fine as long as the other makeup is understated. Finding a balance that works for your professional look, your environment, and also finding the *right* shade of red is key. With reds, you need to make EXTRA sure that it looks perfect since it’s so noticeable – that the lips look moist, that the lips are lined, etc. I love bold colored lipstick. Just don’t force it wearing blues and neon pinks. If you work at Urban Outfitters ok, but not in the corporate sector.

    And since we’re on the subject of lips, please make sure you exfoliate. We all love matte finish lipsticks, but the matte finish lipsticks, won’t love you back if your lips aren’t properly prepped. (Y’all know what I’m talking about!)

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  60. Huh I’m a nerd and can wear anything my cousin give…. everything lipstick I have is from Tanya Angelle… so BEAUTIFUL … I’m running out

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  61. Aisha Kelson says:

    Wear whatever lipstick you want.

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  62. I wear it, but its a fire truck Orange

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  63. Sylkie Sly says:

    Amy color, it depends how you carry it! I would go with softer eyes to pair it with 🙂

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  64. I work in management and wear lipstick often and red at least once a week

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  65. Jo J. Staes says:

    HR exec here and yes it is appropriate.

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  66. My profile pic was taken at work.. Big ole red lips… I don’t see a problem

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  67. I work at a mortgage bank and I have to deal with different people everyday. I personally wouldn’t wear red, not because I think it’s inappropriate, but because I’m aware my clients might find it inappropriate. I not try to make my personality speak in my work environment. Red can be distracting.

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  68. It’s red lipstick not a red bandana

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  69. Safi says:

    I’m in an office environment (and city, actually) where practically no-one wears lipstick. Although I would love to every once in a while, I would feel very much out of place. And being the only black person in the office…. that would be even worse. If you were in my situation, would that stop any of you ladies from wearing red lipstick (and other colours)? I’m just curious

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  70. Going to continue to wear my Ruby Woo

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  71. Red is actually a power color so I really don’t see how it’s inappropriate in a corporate setting.

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  72. I just bought red and only use when I’m going out. Its a very fun seductive attention seeking color. To each its own though.

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  73. Anne Villain says:

    I do it all the time and I work in HR, so there! ☺️

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  74. Sean Green says:

    Absolutely you can!

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  75. Sean Green says:

    Senior Revenue Accountant for a big Pharma company and let me tell you Red Lipstick and Pink Hair is not unusual around here. Of course I do live in sunny San Diego, Cali though. The corporations out here are much much more laid back than east coast corporations. We can come to work in flip flops everyday and thats pretty much the norm, even the Execs will have on flip flops and surf shorts. We can always tell a visitor is in the building by their suit!!

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  76. Voki Thomas says:

    Old school … It’s not inappropriate. I wear red lipstick in the office. It’s ways to make it all shades professional by what you’re wearing.

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  77. Lena Johnson says:

    Yes….keeping it intact all day is another subject

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  78. sweetiekeke says:

    Red lipstick is fine as long as your other makeup is more toned down. Also you don’t have to do a bright red. I tend to darken the hue of mine just a tad.

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  79. I work in an office and always get compliments when I wear Ruby Woo; doesn’t seem inappropriate to me personally!

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  80. I work in a macon GA doctors office and my red stay on!

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  81. I have no problem wearing red lipstick at the office. Bc I own the whole office. Simple and easy.
    My staff can also dress and make up the way they want to. I don’t judge the clothes but the performance. As long as the job is done, rest is fine with me.

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  82. I’ll rock it. Usually downplay the rest of the make-up, though. Is this still an issue in 2015?! Smh

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  83. Leen Camacho says:

    Ummm really??? Rock that red ladies, one of my fave colors….

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  84. Molly Crance says:

    I wore red to my corporate job today!

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  85. Le Flemister says:

    I do it all the time!

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  86. Yes! I think you have to let some of your individuality come out at work. I wore my nose ring and red lips to court lol

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  87. Kye Reeves says:

    Depends on the shade of red….

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  88. Leah J Jones says:

    No point of lipstick in the office cause you talkin alot and drinking a lot of your beverage. Waste of time to keep putting it on every 15 mins. Get some chapstick.

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    1. You know there are lipsticks now that don’t budge right?

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  89. Eliza Beth says:

    Red is fine … The other crayons colors are not lol

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  90. This is ridiculous. There’s nothing wrong with red lipstick now if you walk in the building with Blue! Green/ yellow lipstick there’s a problem.

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  91. We need to tag ole girl.. but im wearing my petty panties tonight

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  92. Nope! I wore mine today… #teacher

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  93. DizzyLiz Rob says:

    Well then black matte lips it is….

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    1. Stacey says:

      There is nothing wrong with red lips. I’ve never really noticed a correlation with red lips and being unprofessional. I HAVE noticed black women being judged on a tipped scale more harshly due to wardrobe, even by our own (other black women). I personally don’t wear red lips to the office (I just started wearing lipstick period to work), however, I like seeing it. I remember one coworker who was very modest wore red lips every day. She looked much younger than her age and I think she wore it in an attempt to gain more respect and appear older – which is actually the same reason; I started to wear makeup and lipstick to work. Oddly enough, I have worn a pretty bold magenta lipstick to work. I love wearing it, because I feel super confident and feminine. It’s from the Too Faced brand and I have the deep red also but haven’t worked up the nerve to wear it. I should note that I am on a whole modest dressing kink. Some people at work say I look very 1950’s or retro. I wear mostly below the knee skirts. A lot of loose skirts, dresses, and blouses.

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  94. Summer Rain says:

    Yes…just leave the lady of the night outfit at home…IJS…everyone didn’t get that memo…

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  95. Summer Rain says:

    Don’t wear it on an interview…

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  96. Goood question!!!! Now going to read these comments lol

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  97. As a flight attendant I’m required to wear shades of red and pink ✈️

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  98. Kelly White says:

    Too much. I work at a hospital.. So wearing red is a bit much

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  99. Not at all ! And today I’ve got Heroine too like Nichelle N. Harrison.

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  100. I have just now, at 37 years old, became comfortable with red lipstick. I think I grew up being told red lipstick means your “fast”, “hot”, or a “street walker”. We have to lift that judgmental stereotype in our community.

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  101. Depends on the outfit and position. As an insurance agent, I felt no one took me serious with red lips, no matter how I was dressed clients only looked at my lips and not what I was stating. In a meeting with colleagues the red lip took all the attention, black suit, red lips red shoes (said) I stand out, especially when most had gray suits nude shoes and naked lips!! Sometimes you need to stand out for all the good reasons. Oh and yes matte red lip not shiny!!!

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  102. Anna Maraj says:

    Yes I wore red lipstick and it wasn’t. A problem. Now blue and green is for the club. But I dont have those colors.

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  103. I’ve worn red, royal purple, and even almost black lipstick to work. My coworkers and boss didn’t seem to mind lol.

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    1. MusiKCityK says:

      Just a little nugget, your boss could mind, but may be uncomfortable telling you. As Black woman in corporate America we sometimes don’t always get this type of helpful feedback.

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  104. Nope I wear different shades of red to work. Red lipstick makes me feel powerful and sexy. If I’m having a bad day it makes me feel better. I get more work done when I feel that way.

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  105. I work as a Project Manager at the corporate headquarters for a bank and I waltz in every day with different shades of lipstick. I will say, that I shy away from bright purples and oranges in the office, simply because they don’t really go with my business formal attire. However, as it relates to red, I feel that a nice, bright, red lip will always be classic and classy

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  106. I’m the Administrative Officer and I wear my red lipstick proudly nobody cares lol

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  107. i personally would not wear red to work. personally. i love red on me too just not for work. i like plums and browns. re dlipstick draws too much attention to myself and thats not what i need at work. my fav red is “ruby woo” by MAC Cosmetics

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  108. Esta Fiesta says:

    I totally wear red lipstick in the office. Don’t care what anyone thinks.

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  109. Megan Carter says:

    I wear Red lipstick daily. It’s my statement piece

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  110. Nicole Brown says:

    Depends on who it is becuz I cant wear red lipstick in the office but i think that it would be okay for someone with smaller lips

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  111. I wear my RubyWoo

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  112. NeNe Johnson says:

    Yes, why wouldn’t it be? I’ve always worked in a corporate environment and have never once heard of such silliness.

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  113. I swear I was just thinking about this yesterday. I’m a Services Team Lead at a Fortune 500 company, and I was not sure if red lipstick was appropriate. Especially being that I’m the only woman and I don’t wear makeup at all to work.

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  114. JC says:

    I love a good red lip… I opt for a deeper red not really bright, but still love a good red

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  115. Carter says:

    I personally don’t mind wearing a red lip (preferably Mac Ruby Woo) in an office setting. Every time I do, I always get a compliment from others asking “What lipstick do you have on?” or “That lipstick is so pretty on you”… but I think I made the mistake in wearing it to an interview, at first I didn’t see nothing wrong with it bc it complimented what I had on (which was black and white)… but after sending a picture to my cousin, first thing she said was “I know you didn’t wear that red lip to the interview”… had me thinking “wait a minute, did I do something wrong?”. needless to say, I never did get a second interview. At the end of the day, do what you feel & if that makes you feel good & confident, go for it!

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  116. Lola says:

    I have a white collar career, and I recently started wearing a bold red lip to the office. Amid 60 people I am the only minority, and I was a bit apprehensive at first wondering how a red hue on my full lips would be perceived.

    It worked out; Ive noticed that since I began rocking my red lip, other women have followed suit.

    And to those wondering what’s the big hoopla about a red lip at work, it stems from red lipstick being worn by show girls and prostitutes years and years ago. It was a trademark back then and had an extra sexy stigma attached to it.

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  117. Anya Michelle says:

    Well it depends, doesnt it really? On the type of workplace, the industry it’s in, the workplace culture you’re in… and how you do it too
    Jus maybe dont add sparkles over it! Or pornstar lipliner around it… or on if it’s matte or hardcandy glossy, or too gothic superdark red (which I LOVE but some bosses might not:-)) or too orangey…

    Sigh it all depends. Jus a simple red, well maybe. but YOU know what your workplace is like so YOU can decide really

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  118. Char says:

    I love wearing red lipstick in the office – it brightens my day! xo

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  119. Honest says:

    Are we recycling old articles?

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  120. Ridiculous…. over judgemental society we live in……how is this even a topic

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