Why spend half of the morning perfecting your eyebrow-game if you just plan to sit in front of the computer for half of the day? Office makeup is often a difficult medium to achieve since you still want to look put-together but at the same time, not over-the-top. Save those falsies for a night out, embrace a bold lip and keep skin clean and fresh with the following makeup tips.
DO: Flawless skin
If you’re going to spend time on one thing, let it be your foundation. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin – choose a foundation which is long-wear and won’t budge. Popular products include Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($50), which works for all the above skin types. Don’t forget to use a primer before applying any foundation, and lastly set with a finishing powder. This will help to keep makeup in place all day long.
Feel free to contour your face – just don’t go over-the-top with bronzing powders and highlighters. Use a thin, clean brush when contouring your cheekbones to get a precise line, then blend out for a seamless finish. The Nars Contour Brush #21 ($62) is angled to give a flawless faux glow and definition to the face.
DO: Bold lip
Want to wear a bold lip to the office? Trade in the lipstick for a lip stain which is easier to maintain and won’t look too glamourous. Simply dab your lips with your foundation brush to neutralise the colour, then use your ring finger to apply colour such as Kit Cosmetics Tint Sheen ($16.95) onto the top and bottom lip.
DON’T: False lashes
Save those falsies for a night out, and instead work on your own natural lashes. Curl them for a few seconds on each side, then apply a volumising mascara like Maybelline Volum Express One By One ($19.95) – working in the product from root to tip. When lashes are completely dry, curl again so they can hold this shape.
DO: Neutral eyeshadow
Define your eyes by applying a neutral shadow on the base of the eye, then a shade slightly darker on the crease – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($40.60) has 5 neutral shades which can be used to create a variety of makeup looks. Blend well, then define the inner corner of the eye with a highlighting colour. This will give the illusion of a bigger eye – regardless of your shape and colour.
DON’T: Over-do your brows
Remember to keep brows looking even and tamed by filling in any gaps with a pencil or powder. If they are still unruly, apply a thin coat of brow gel to keep them in place all day. The Anastasia Brow Wiz ($38) comes in a variety of colours, and defines the brow without looking too dolled-up.
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