Finding the perfect balance between looking professional and overdoing your makeup is a struggle that many young women who work in an office face every day. The struggle is quite understandable – many studies have shown that women with makeup are seen as more competent and trustworthy, meaning that good makeup can help your career. On the other hand, there are certain lines in office makeup code that shouldn’t be crossed and that’s why it’s so important to keep it professional without overdoing it. Here are a few tips on how to achieve that.
Prep your skin
Since office-friendly makeup should be minimal, your skin must be flawlessly prepped, so everyone can see your natural beauty. And while makeup routine can and should be low-maintenance, you must take the prep time seriously and find right products that work for you. Cleanse and moisturize regularly, go see your cosmetician every once in a while, and keep your brows groomed – just make sure you don’t over-pluck them.
Enhance, don’t hide
The key to looking professional at work is in learning how to use makeup as a tool to enhance your best features and not to hide who you are. Remember that makeup is there to help you hide imperfections, so use it accordingly. For instance, if you’re dealing with dark circles, invest in a concealer. Neon office lights can be harsh to your skin – they surely don’t help cover imperfections. That’s why makeup artists suggest wearing warm tones of blush and eye shadow at work to counteract sallow undertones and brighten the complexion.
Tone down your makeup
When at work, you’ll want people to listen to what you are saying, so make sure your makeup doesn’t speak louder than you do. So, the overall look should be neutral, but dare to express yourself and choose a lipstick that shows off your personality. Your lips are a good place to be playful since the rules are not that strict as they are for your eye shadow or nail polish. Avoid glittery makeup and too dark lipsticks, but everything else can be a good choice. Of course, if you opt for a bold lipstick, keep the rest of the makeup minimal.
Keep it simple
If you’re always lacking that half an hour of sleep in the morning, then you’ll want to keep your morning routine simple and spend some more time in the bed instead of in front of a mirror. Find a routine that works for you and stick to it. Most women have only a few essentials in their office-friendly makeup bag: foundation and concealer, neutral eye shadow palette, mascara, and subtle blush. Eyeliner is fine, too, just make sure it doesn’t go outside the eyelids.
Make sure it’s durable
Besides simplicity, durability is another thing to worry about – you’ll want your makeup to be in its place all day, so don’t skip eye base and don’t forget to add matte finish with setting powder. Also, always keep blotting paper with you to refresh your skin from time to time and remove excess shine. Air in the office can be dry due to AC devices and you’ll be spending a lot of time staring at the screen, so you might feel the urge to rub your eyes. Don’t do that if you don’t want to smudge off your mascara.
As you can see, the most important thing to do when you start working in the office is to find your everyday routine and to perfect it. High-quality makeup products and professional tools can help, but the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your own skin, so nothing will distract you from working hard and pursuing your career.