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Does a Low-Maintenance Look Make Sense?

Michelle Obama is a successful lawyer, a businesswoman—and, oh yeah, the wife of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. She surprised people when she wore barely any makeup on a 60 Minutes appearance earlier this year. In a recent interview, Michelle explained why she often goes with a minimal makeup look on the campaign trail:

"I love girly makeup and stuff, but my view is that's a lot of work," she said, explaining her decision to routinely skip the makeup chair. "I want people to get used to my face more naturally so that I don't have to do that every day. Who's got time to put eyelashes on and all that?"

No matter where your political beliefs lie, you've got to admit, it's easy to grasp that logic—especially if you're crunched for time. If people are accustomed to seeing you when you're all done up, they might think something is "wrong" when you go au naturel. (I'll never forget the coworker who asked me if I was sick, when in actuality I just wasn't wearing makeup!)

So, what do you think? If you're habitually pressed for time, do you go with a low-maintenance look? Or do you make time to primp and perfect no matter what?

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