The Dos And Don’ts of Office-Appropriate Makeup

Wearing makeup at the workplace can be tricky business. Here are few guidelines to keep in mind when you sit down to get ready each morning.

Wearing makeup at the workplace can be tricky business. You want to look polished and professional without hiding your personality behind beige eye shadows and pale pink lipsticks. At the same time, you don’t want to look like you spent too much time on your makeup before coming in. So whether you work in a corporate office or one that allows a more casual approach to dressing, the key to getting makeup for the workplace right is finding the right balance. Here are few guidelines to keep in mind when you sit down to get ready each morning.

Makeup at the Workplace

Eyes

Your eyes are the most expressive part of your face. Opt for eyeliner, mascara and natural-looking false eyelashes that will emphasise your peepers without making them a source of distraction. Liners in cobalt blue, khaki green and dark grey will add a colourful element without being OTT. The key is to keep your liner fine and close to the lash line. Whatever you do, stay away from glitter, neon colours and diamanté-embellished eyelashes during your work hours.

Lips

When it comes to lipstick, neutral lip colours like taupe, dusty rose and soft coral are your safest options – they go well with almost all your outfits and make you look elegant and professional. But don’t discount the impact of a classic red lipstick that will show everyone just who the boss is. Stick to creamy matte textures layered over lip liner to ensure it doesn’t bleed just before that important presentation.

Nails

Chipped nail polish can be seen as a sign of sloppiness – and you definitely don’t want your boss to see you as lazy or sloppy. If your find your nail polish chips easily with all the typing you do, opt of a gel manicure that is sure to last longer. Stick to classic shades and stay away from elaborate nail art to keep it professional.

Hair

A sleek blow dry will always have you looking polished. On days you don’t have time to wash and dry your hair, soak up excess sebum with a dry shampoo and put your hair up in a ballerina bun – the perfect style for day old hair. Stay away from any accessories that may come across as childish (read: Hello Kitty clips) or inappropriate.

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