Make-up in the workplace… just how much make-up is too much? Many women struggle to find the right make-up look for an office environment, and while full-on glitter is questionable, it doesn’t mean you need to ditch the make-up all together.
We’ve put together a few guidelines for creating the perfect office-appropriate make-up look:
Step 1: Healthy skin
Clean, healthy skin is the first step to creating a flawless, fresh face. Always start your morning with a cleanser and a hydrating moisturiser ( the office airconditioner seriously dehydrates your skin).
Step 2: Foundation and concealer
Rather than cake on a heavy foundation, opt for a lightweight foundation that will give you a flawless base. Use a concealer perfectly matched to your skin tone to conceal any dark spots and redness. If your skin tends to get a bit oily during the course of the day, a setting powder or blotting paper will keep your T-zone shine-free.
Step 3: It’s all in the eyes
When selecting eyeshadow, choose a subtle shade that is suited to your skin tone and avoid dark and glittery eyeshadows. Depeneding on your office environment, smoke-eyes may be a tad bit much for the formal setting. Don’t forget your brows. Well-groomed brows will not only frame your face, but they will also give your overall make-up a polished finish. But we’re sure we didn’t have to remind you. To finish the look, complement your eyes with a few lashings of your favourite mascara. A simple lenghtening mascara will do the trick, some added volume is always a bonus. Full-on feathered brows and barbedwire styled brows are not necessary.
Step 4: Cheeks
Keep your cheeks natural with a light blush. If you prefer to apply bronzer, opt for a light shade that isn’t too glittery. Don’t apply bronzer with a heavy hand as you don’t want to look orange or ruddy! Feel free to apply some highlighter, but keep it in the light glow zone – as opposed to translucent. It’s so easy to get carried away with teh good stuff!
Step 5: Lips
Many women might think that bright lips are not for the office, however, we disagree. While a bright lip may not be appropriate in all office environments, in a less formal workplace, a vibrant lip colour is acceptable. If you are going to rock a bright lipstick, remember to balance it out with simple eye make-up. For more formal offices, a neutral lipstick that is close to your natural lip colour is the way to go.
While the above steps will help you to achieve a polished make-up look, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the make-up you’re wearing. Don’t apply make-up that you wouldn’t normally wear and rather focus on enhancing your natural beauty without looking too “made-up.”
Our top picks to achieve an office-ready look:
essence satin touch blush, R54,95
Wet ‘n Wild megalast lip colour, R48,95
Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara, R159,95