Best office makeup – tips
Deciding on a look for the office can be difficult on the brightest of mornings. Time is of the essence, so take the hassle out of your morning beauty regime and opt for easy to apply styles, lighter on the skin for subtle definition. Stick to simple applications and minimal touch-ups for natural looking makeup styles that will last all day.
Face & Foundation:
If you’re tight for time in the morning, you can save precious minutes every day by ditching the foundation from your makeup routine. Your standard daily moisturiser makes the perfect foundation to your office makeup, hydrating the skin for instant results and a clearer complexion. Also in-shower moisturisers are ideal for keeping your skin looking naturally healthy and hydrated, while nightly moisturizing helps prep your skin for clearer mornings. If you’re looking to cover blemishes go for light BB or CC cream – it will tone your skin well without the “mask effect.” Add some definition to your face by applying bronzer or blusher. It will help accentuate cheekbones and foreheads, but always be sure to blend well for a more natural look.
Eyes & Lashes:
When it comes to the eyes, keep your mascara and eyeshadow at bay until you’ve dealt with the basics. Unsightly lines and discolouration of the skin around the eye area can be the bane of any morning makeup ritual, but a quick application of illuminating concealer will give your eyes an instant lift. Perfect for getting rid of dark circles fast and leaving the skin around your eyes with a more natural finish to build on. When it comes to lashes, keep the fakes in the drawer and work on your natural assets. Go for an understated look for the office, using your mascara wand to naturally lengthen and define your lashes. Eyelash enhancers are great if you’re lacking in the lashes department, the same goes for brows: regular use of brow conditioner will save you precious minutes spent on brow makeup. When planning your look for the office, minimal maintenance is key. Choose a subtle eyeshadow to complement your skin tone (go for beige, sand or pale pink shades), and save the glitter and gold for the evening.
Some people swear off lipstick for work, but there’s no reason why a hint of your favourite shade can’t make a fine complement to your office war paint. Consider deep reds and rich colours carefully, and opt for pale pinks and nudes instead. Keep on the right side of understated with nude lip gloss, ideal for laying some colour on your lips without overdoing it. Always consider your eye makeup when choosing a shade of lipstick for the office. Lighter colours and lip glosses work great with heavier eyeshadows and more defined lashes, while classics reds and richer lipstick shades make the perfect partner to lighter lashes and shadow.
Stick to a few key essentials for a quick to apply morning makeup routine you can touch up on the tube, at your desk, and on the run. Keep peach blusher and nude/pale pink lip gloss close to hand for adding subtle definition to lips and cheeks, and don’t be afraid to mix it up with a shot of sultry red for an elegant mid-week flourish.