Dressing for work isn’t easy, you have plan outfits according to the meetings and special occasions amongst other things. If that wasn’t enough, you also need to figure out the perfect hairstyle and office makeup to go with it. While keeping your hair loose, tying it up in a ponytail or bun is simple and works for most working women, the same is not the case with makeup. You need to be extra careful here because too little or too much can ruin your complete look.
Most working women are often confused as to which products they should and shouldn’t use while getting ready for work. And then which shades of makeup are acceptable. We are about to clear all your doubts by telling you exactly what your office makeup essentials bag should include.
1. BB cream
Wearing foundation for an everyday office makeup look is a strict no-no. You need a lightweight formula that won’t look cakey or unnatural in the well-lit office setting. Instead, opt for a BB cream, as this multitasking product moisturizes your skin, protects the skin from UV rays and gives your skin an even tone. This light coverage formula is perfect to wear on a daily basis, as it does the same job as a foundation without being cakey or settling into fine lines. Plus, you can skip two major skincare steps allowing you to sleep for five more minutes every morning!
Concealer is a true godsend, as it can hide pretty much every flaw on the skin. Right from dark circles and blemishes to uneven skin tone and pores, it can conceal pretty much everything. So if you notice a few imperfections on your skin after applying your BB cream, simply take some concealer and lightly dab and blend only on the areas that need concealing. Apply concealer using your fingers to get a perfectly natural finish. The reason behind this is the heat from your fingers helps blend the concealer better and gives a flawless look.
Now that your base is in place, apply a soft pink or neutral coloured blush to the apple of your cheeks. This small yet essential office makeup step makes your face look brighter as well as more awake. A pinch of blush highlights your features and gives your face a sophisticated and formal look. If you are yet to purchase a blusher or have run out of one, take your favourite nude or pink-peach lipstick and use it as an alternative to the blush. Take some product on the tip of your finger, lightly dab and blend outwards to get perfectly natural looking flushed cheeks.
Subtly enhance your eyes using eyeliner, but remember thick black eyeliner and glittery eyeshadows are for a girls' night out, they have no place in your office makeup routine. Wearing eyeshadow is optional, but if you want to, stick to soft shades, preferably browns, bronzes or something similar. Define your eyes using kohl and eyeliner, but keep the line thin and precise, nothing too dramatic. A precise line will make your face appear neater and give major boss lady vibes. Finish off the eye look with a dash of mascara if you want, but ensure it doesn’t look clumpy.
5. Crème lipstick
You may already know this, but nude lipsticks that enhance the natural colour of your lips are perfect for office makeup. Choosing the right texture of the lipstick is also vital, matte lipsticks can make your lips appear dry, whereas glossy ones can end up giving you a casual look. Glossy lipsticks can also bleed and the colour can spread, in case your hair comes in contact with it. Find the balance with a crème lipstick that goes on smoothly, does not bleed and does not require too many touch-ups. Avoid bright colours, if you find nudes boring, go for soft pinks and let your lips do the talking. Also, carry the lipstick in your bag so you can get a quick touch up after meals. You don’t want to walk around wearing faded lipstick!
6. Nail polish
Nail art lovers will have to keep their experiments reserved for weekends because glittery and bedazzled nails have no place in the office. You wouldn’t want people to recognize you by the kind of nails you wear to work! First of all, keep your nails neat and clean, get them manicured regularly and opt for shades like light pinks and neutrals. One, because they look great and two, because they go with pretty much every outfit so you don’t have to bother changing your nail colour every day. However, this also depends on where you work, if you work in a creative environment like the media or fashion industry, you can always opt for fun colours like reds, pastels and more.
7. Body mist
Last but not least, you may be spraying your favourite deodorant every morning, but sweat and travel can lead to body odour. Some perfumes could be too strong for an office setting, so carry a body mist in your bag instead and spray it on your pulse points and neck to ensure you smell good all through the day. You can opt for single ingredient fragrances such as vanilla or something flower based. No matter what you choose, make sure it just lingers and is not too strong to cause irritation.
Rules to keep in mind about office makeup:
- Look for formulas that are long lasting, you won’t get time for frequent touch ups.
- Take your skin type into consideration while buying makeup. Avoid comedogenic makeup products that can clog pores and lead to skin problems.
- Don’t forget to properly conceal the eye area to make sure it looks bright and matches the rest of your face.
- Reapply sunscreen every 3 hours to ensure your skin stays protected. Especially if you move in and out of your office a lot.
- Always carry blotting papers in your bag, so you can blot away excess oil before an important meeting.
- Last but not the least, remember that less is more!