We’ve always been told that the office is not the place for makeup. Dark lips, experimental hairstyles and bright nails are all considered to be a big no-no at work. But now is the time to break old-school beauty rules and form new ones, because today, it is just as important to look good at work as it is to work hard. So go ahead and change the rules: play up your eyes, pucker up your lips and look every bit the diva at work.  Here are a few makeup myths busted so that you can go all out and make your workplace a glamorous space for yourself.

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Myth 1: You can’t sport red lipstick

How many times have you heard a woman point out to the best lipstick in her lip-colour arsenal and say, “That’s my office lipstick!”? Never, right? While we’re in agreement that nudes and peaches work well for office, who says that you can’t have fun and opt for a bold shade like red to work? Ask anyone and they will tell you how red lips make them feel super confident. And if that’s the case, you need it the most at work, where you ought to feel powerful. Wear it on a Monday to cheer yourself up for having to go to work after a fun weekend. We suggest you opt for the Lakmé Absolute Sculpt Studio Matte Lipstick in Red Rush.

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Myth 2: Smokey eyes are a big no-no

While getting dressed for work, we usually restrict ourselves to a hint of kohl or absolutely nothing at all. But have you ever thought of how boring that actually is? Playing up your eyes can look so attractive if done right. So why not do a hint of a smokey eye to work? It takes barely a few minutes and almost always works its magic. We suggest you use the Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Duos to get this look right.

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Myth 3: Using a liner is OTT

We’re under the impression that eyeliner brings unnecessary attention, and we often stick to lining our eyes with a thin stroke if we have to use it. The truth, here, is that lining your eyes beautifully can instantly dramatise your boring office look. And who doesn’t want to look good for that presentation, right? Try a thin cat eye or line your eyes with brown liner. We prefer the Lakmé Absolute Precision Liquid Liner or the Lakmé Eyeconic in brown.

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Myth 4: Keep the hair simple

Gone are the days when it was all about doing a simple ponytail to work. Now, it’s about trying out easy work hairstyles! Opt for hair twists that are less time-consuming but are sure to be a talking point among your co-workers. If you want something simpler, just take all your hair and put it into a stylish top knot, or braid it in a French braid or a fishtail, so that not only does it look good, it also keeps the hair off your face.

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Myth 5: A fancy manicure is attention grabbing

A fancy manicure or bright nails are not a means to grab attention, ladies, so it’s about time you stopped fearing that. Sure, they will get you noticed but you will be looked up to as someone who is always well-turned out. Do up your nails and paint them red or just pink on a Friday to work. For red nails, use the Lakmé Absolute Gel Stylist in Scarlet Red while the Pink Queen will give you that perfect vibrant colour. Else, there’s always the French manicure to rely on.