I used to dislike wearing makeup because it takes too much time to do. I used to think that it's a waste of time. I couldn't imagine myself spending at least an hour in the morning just to get ready.
In my early working days, I only take a shower for 10 minutes, apply toner and moisturizer for 1 minute, wear my outfit for the day, dry my hair in front of the fan for about 15 minutes (my hair is really dense), put on shoes and head out. That's approximately 30 minutes of prep time every day. Any additional time spent, I consider as time robbed away from sleep.
I had a perspective shift when I applied for a management post. I was sitting alongside 2 other candidates and I was the only one who wasn't wearing any make up. By any, I meant literally nothing, save for groomed eyebrows, but that doesn't count. By no means is my skin flawless. My skin is not even-toned. I have post-acne hyperpigmentation spots and redness around my nose. I got worried that the interviewer might get the impression that I didn't want the job enough for me to make that extra effort to at least wear face powder.
I still believe that looking presentable is not as important as the hard skills required to do your job. And it is definitely not as important as who you are. BUT, it is important.
Case in point: If you have a huge zit the morning you have a very important presentation, it would be easier to get your point across if people were not distracted by the huge pimple that's about to pop. It doesn't take much to put concealer on it anyway.
Also, don't you notice how female doctors wearing makeup look so together and 'believable'? Whenever I see my gynecologist, I can't help but feel inspired every time I leave her clinic, aside from the way she cares for her patients, her makeup is impeccable. I appreciate that she takes the time to fix herself up before facing her patients.
If you're as aversed to makeup as I was, consider putting something on from time to time.
As Coco Chanel said:
“I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little - if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.”