Make-up for the office

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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:

Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, R165

M.A.C Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation, R470

Revlon ColorStay 2-in-1 Compact Makeup & Concealer, R325

L.A Girl Strobe Lite Strobing Powder, R149

essence satin touch blush, R54,95

Wet ‘n Wild megalast lip colour, R48,95

Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara, R159,95






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  1. Sherri Sept

    LA Girl Pro Wear concealer is fantastic. So affordable yet hides anything! I like to use that to conceal any blemishes for the “no make up” look.

    1 year ago •

  1. Christina Somduth

    Perfect for when you have those ‘in a rush’ mornings

    2 years ago •

  1. Avedna Sharma

    I like the advice. I don’t use eye shadow. But really like a darker lip.

    2 years ago •

  1. Lorraine Pillay

    Very sound advice….love it

    2 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    I love going with a simple cat eye and red lips! An absolute winner!

    2 years ago •

  1. Karen Barends

    LA Girl products are amazing!

    2 years ago •

  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    I like it!! Not too overdone for the office!

    2 years ago •

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