Work-Appropriate Spring Makeup Trends

Getting back to work after the festive season can feel like a drag, but no matter how you’re feeling, these tips – totally in line with this season’s trends – will keep you looking fresh! The best part? These looks we’ve picked out are work-appropriate, so practically no effort is needed to make them wearable!

Red Lips

red lipstick, runway look for work

Ah, the timeless red lips. Is there not a season where they can’t be worn? This Spring, though, the reds come in all forms, not just the classic fire-engine red that we are used to. You’ll also see softer shades of red – some leaning pink, some leaning plum – there’s a red for everyone! Compared to working on an elaborate eye makeup, a bold lip colour is an easier way to achieve a statement-making look without investing as much time.

Use: The bold and beautiful should go all the way and wear a classic red. MAC Lipstick in Russian Red or Benefit Cosmetics Full-Finish Lipstick in Flirt Alert are great ones to try. But if you’re red-shy, go for a lighter shade that’s closer to pink to ease yourself into the world of red lipsticks. Our picks would be Benefit Cosmetics Silky Finish Lipstick in Nice Knickers and Lancôme Color Design Matte Lipstick in Posh Pink.

Blue and Green Eyeliner


Eyeliner has been big for the past year, and every shape, colour, and size of lined eyes have graced the runways, both subtle and outrageous. This Spring, the trend continues, leaving you with the freedom to play up your eye shape to your heart’s desire. The runway sees models with just a hint of liner on their upper lids, but in Mediterranean-inspired blue and green, which can be tricky to wear to work in stricter office environments. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this – a deeper shade of blue or green (think navy or olive) will help to add some interesting colour, without screaming “Eyeliner!” But if you  yearn to wear the striking shades that you see on the runway, go for a very thin line along your upper eyelid. This helps to bring a pop of colour to your look, while still blending in with the office crowd.

Use: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in 3L, and Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Stash, are navy and olive respectively, which are very wearable even in the office environment. If you’re game, good bright eyeliners to try would include Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in 4, and Shu Uemura ME Green 07 Drawing Pencil.

Glowy Skin

gucci spring 2013 glowy skin

With various fashion houses dolling up their models to look sweet and natural, glowy skin is officially in! For the office, the trick is to be strategic in highlighter application – ehem, there is a fine line between glowy and glitterbomb! Apply highlighter to the natural high points of your face: nose bridge, apples of cheeks, and forehead, and apply just a dab on the chin. Our favourite tip is to also apply eyeliner to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten them subtly.

Use: The Guerlain Meteorites are highly regarded, but we also like Becca Pressed Shimmer Powder and Loose Shimmer Powders, and Too Faced Candlelight Glow.

Jerlene lives a triple life as a caffeine-consuming zombie in the morning, a hardworking multi-faceted office employee in the day, and a passionate beauty writer at night. Since its inception in 2009, her beauty blog, Of Faces and Fingers, has been featured in various print and online publications, including Allure Korea and Fabulous Magazine. You can also find her on Twitter as @musicalhouses and on Facebook.



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