I hope all of you are doing fine.
5 out of 7 days in a week I can be found in my office. So it figures also, that I wear most of my make up to the office.
My office culture is fairly conservative. Very few women/girls wear make-up in my office as a result of which I am in the minority. In such a scenario, you don’t want to look too garish or stand out too much. On the other hand I feel that going to office with absolutely no makeup is a little sloppy.
I also get very easily bored of sporting the same look every day, and generally have 5 to 10 minutes to get my make up done. Over the last two years, I have managed to perfect 3-4 different make up looks that take about 5 to 10 minutes each.
I thought of sharing one of them with you today. Look out for future posts with more looks.
P.S. : My office and travel both expose me to air-conditioned environments, and I have dry skin hence the emphasis on moisture for me, also because of that I don’t have to spend time outside – no sun, no sweat. Please feel free to change products as per your skin type and your job profile.
Fresh face look:. There are no harsh lines in this look (hence no eyeliner, dark eyeshadows or lipstick), and the emphasis is on dewy, glowing skin accentuated by a natural flush on the cheeks, to imitate how you would look after a short, brisk walk during winters. This look may not be suitable for those who have highly visible dark circles or a lot of blemishes / acne as it does not offer a lot of coverage. If you plan to use a concealor make provision for extra time.
1. Wash face with an exfoliating face wash and apply oil free moisturizer. (I work & travel in A/c environment which is v. dehydrating for the skin)
2. Mix 1 drop of your foundation (I use Ponds tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Sheer Ivory) with 1 drop of illuminating lotion (Revlon illuminating lotion SPF 15 in Pink Light) on your finger tip. Mix well and dap all over face and neck. Blend well. Your skin should be left looking dewy and fresh - ideal for a daytime look
3. Use a blush that looks most natural on you (Colorbar’s Plum Brown for me), you can even use a cream blush (I sometimes use NYX) and apply over cheeks and cheekbone till the ear. Apply blush just a little bit generously. Not too much, just a little bit like in the image above. Your skin, aka, your cheeks are the focal point of this look.
4. Use a brown eyeshadow (I use Jordana’s Café Latte, even Maybelline’s lid color in the Chai latte palette will do) all over the lid only.
5. Apply Mascara (maybelline define a lash) generously to the upper lashes only.
6. Lips: Try and use a lip color that is very similar to the color of your blush. Your face will look very natural. I either use clear gloss or Nivea tinted lip balm in strawberry if I use powder blush. In case I have used cream blush – I just apply a small dab of the same to my lips.
Some Tips for Office Make up
1. Too complicated make-up says that you think more about your appearance, not work. Too casual or defiant make-up can make you look sloppy. Moreover, small defects (freckles, moles, wrinkles etc.) make your look more human, attracting people to you.
2. Offices have florescent white tube lights that will make any mistake in makeup stand out and be highly visible. Further it has a greenish tone that can make some colors looks very garish.
3. To counter the greenish tint of light you can try the following shades
a. Warm blush in dusty rose or apricot peachy tones. Red and pink tones look too harsh in these lights.
b. Lipstick: Earth tones tend to look very muddy and dirty in the fluorescent lighting found in most offices. Try a sheer or shimmery one. Avoid taupe and beige shades, even if they seem formal and subdued. Instead try light peach pink or even beige pink. Avoid red, it is very high maintenance. However if you have to use red – try a sheer lip gloss in red.
c. Warm-toned eye shadows. Lighter shades work better. Once again, look for browns, light warm grays, dusty rose, to offset the green lighting. Avoid overly dark shades, or cold tones like blues and greens.
4. Office makeup is done in the morning and it should be such that it looks fresh all the day. You should need just little touching up for the makeup during the day. Opt for waterproof and smudge proof make up.
In future posts I will share some more of my office makeup looks which include a smokey eye look amongst others.
Do you have any special tips & tricks for office makeup?