Dressing for success is much more than choosing a Clair-Underwood-style power outfit. You can dress perfectly appropriate, but if your makeup is overdone, or wrong it some way, it will outshine your professional features and show a wrong image of you to your colleagues and superiors. However, looking competent and professional doesn’t mean that you should look tired and worn out, you just have to find the balance between too much and too little makeup. If you’re looking for some tips on how to achieve that balance and quickly, you’ve come to the right place.
Prep Your Skin
We know what you are thinking: “Who on earth has the time for that”, but preparing your skin for makeup will make the rest of the process much easier and the results significantly better. Plus, the makeup will not melt away after 8-hour workday. Prepare your skin by cleaning it with a cleanser, washing it, applying serum and moisturizing it. You should also use a gentle scrub occasionally (once or twice a week). Before applying makeup, use primer and concealer.
Make Your Foundation Last
Running to the office toilet every time you see your makeup disappearing is really not an option, but there are ways to make your foundation and thus the rest of your makeup last. Here are some failproof steps to achieve that:
- Create a butterfly formation in the center of your face (antennas – forehead, wings – sides of the nose, body – bridge of the nose) with your foundation. This area of your face is always in focus, and it is the most sensitive to sweating and oily appearance.
- Blend the base outwards (with your fingers).
- Dust your T-zone with pressed powder.
- Set it up with mist or setting powder. Choose a quality fixture appropriate for your skin, if you want to keep your makeup on point. BareMinerals’ sheer powder is good for removing excess oil, while Urban Decay’s is made for more than one purpose (apply alone for post-workout, or fix makeup with it for work), etc.
Add Warmth with Bronzer
If you’re working in a typical office with fluorescent lights, then you might have noticed how your face looks blue-ish, even though there isn’t a drop of Na’vi blood in you. Minimize that effect by using a bronzer (with a matte finish). Apply it by creating the shape of the number “3” on both sides of your face – start at the top of your forehead, dust it along your cheeks and sweep across your jawline.
Use Long-wearing Lipstick
This may seem as a no-brainer, but there’s much more to it than just choosing a product which has “long-wearing” written on the label. Although most of them can fulfill the promise of lasting more than 5 hours, some of them leave your lips shrink-wrapped like raisins. Clarins makeup’s Joli Rouge, for instance, provides intense and lasting colors, while moisturizing and nourishing the lips. As for the colors, you can use lipstick to express yourself, just don’t go overboard with too deep purples and browns and too dark reds.
Go Easy with Your Eyes
If the lipstick is something you can take a chance with, then the eye makeup is entirely the opposite, which is good for you, since eye makeup requires a lot of time. Here are some hints for subtle, yet professional eyes.
- Use matte base.
- Avoid glittery colors.
- Blend the colors in the crease.
- Keep the focus on the lids.
- Opt for neutral shades (chocolate browns, taupe, bronze, etc.).
- Apply the eyeliner or an eye pencil close to the lashes.
- Avoid black liners.
There Will Be Touchups
No matter how well you applied your makeup and how quality products you are using, there will always be a need for touchups, between the hours you spend in the office and going to business meetings or lunch. Make sure you always carry blotting tissues for stripping your skin of excess oil when that happens.
Now that you’ve got your makeup covered, all you have to do is to take care of what really counts – your professional skills and path to the top.
About Your Guest Blogger: Zara Lewis is a full-time mom of two babies and a puppy, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Will start a blog about it once. Until then writes her diary occasionally. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.