While the make-up you wear to work won't actually impact on your performance on the job, it does help set the standard of how people perceive you.
A classically made-up face is going to make you seem more professional than one that looks like its going club-hopping. And even if you're a non-make-up wearer, you may want to consider wearing just a little, as a bare face in the workplace can also have its disadvantages.
Do: Always even out your complexion. If you have fairly good skin, a sheer foundation may be all you need. If you have breakouts or age spots, a creamy-based concealer applied with a brush will do the trick, and for the under-eye area, a light-reflecting concealer will disguise dark circles, making you look awake and alert.
Don't: Apply your make-up so it looks heavy. "Keep your look simple and fresh for work," explains Gorgeous Cosmetics CEO, David McConnell. "And set it with a fine-milled foundation powder so it won't budge".
Do: Wear colour on your cheeks. While a face that's had concealer, foundation and powder can look even and uniform, it can also start to look flat. Fix this with blush. "Think a natural flush on the apple of the cheeks rather than highlighting the cheek bone," says McConnell. "Smile and apply it to the fleshy parts of the cheeks in a soft circular motion."
Don't: Wear inappropriate colour. "Make-up suitable for work depends greatly on where you work and what you do. A bright-red lip may not work in a corporate office but would look great on someone working in fashion. The key is to find a look that works for you and suits the environment you are in," explains McConnell.
Do: Look for long-lasting products. A water-proof mascara and long-wear foundation will help you to look as fresh at five as you did at nine. And remember to touch-up your lipstick or gloss, and use blotting powder to nix a shiny nose, throughout the day.
Don't: Spend hours getting ready. "A beautiful, yet professional, work look need not take a long time," says McConnell. And a pristinely made-up face, while polished and perfect, may actually make colleagues feel threatened. Office make-up should always make you look like an enhanced version of yourself, not a photoshopped version!
Do: Enlist the help of a professional for a one-off make-up lesson if you feel unsure about your work look. Most major make-up brands (Gorgeous, MAC, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier etc) can tailor a work look for you. They'll help you find the colours to suit, as well as showing you how to apply them, meaning you'll walk away feeling confident and you'll look fantastic in the office.
Don't: Use products with glitter. A hint of shimmer is okay on the cheek bones to make you look healthy and vibrant, but glitter is not. If you can see chunks of shiny particles in the product, put it down and opt for something much more subtle.
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