It is not appropriate, acceptable, okay, or EVER warranted to tell a woman she’s beautiful in a professional setting. It’s not now, it never was and it won’t ever be. That’s not a compliment.
Women do not go to work to be eye candy. They don’t want comments about their appearance made in the workplace.
Women work long and hard to reach the levels they reach in their professional careers. When a man is willing to interrupt a meeting to refer to a woman as beautiful, what he’s doing in that moment is telling her that no matter her education, no matter her work experience, no matter her skills, her intelligence, her professionalism and her ability to change the very face of the company, workforce and world, he will never see her as an equal. He won’t ever see her as anything more than a shell.
A woman’s appearance has not a single fucking thing to do with how well she can do her job.
Just don’t do it. Just don’t comment on a woman’s appearance in the workplace. Please don’t. EVER.