We spend a great deal of our time in our offices, and after a while, it starts to feel, not exactly like home, but something similar. Still, no matter how comfortable we get in our offices, there is a line we have to draw and a standard we should maintain when it comes to our looks and the way we present ourselves in front of our coworkers, customers, and supervisors. If you’re worried about whether your makeup style is appropriate for the office, we’re here to help. 

Do pick the right lipstick

You might secretly (or perhaps not so secretly) be in love with glittery and ‘frosted’ lipsticks, but rest assured that these will never look professional in an office. Besides, there are way too many beautiful pink and nude lipstick shades to choose from instead of wearing those frosted, chalky ones. Not only do ‘frosted’ lipsticks make you look unprofessional, but this kind of lip color will make your face look washed-out. Instead, choose a pretty neutral shade that matches your skin tone, and if you want, apply a coat of lip gloss over it to get that pretty shine.

Not sure if your makeup you wear for work is office appropriate? Check out these do's and don'ts for office makeup.

Don’t pick the wrong fake lashes

Fake eyelashes and eyelash extensions are a big thing these days and for a good reason – they draw attention to your eyes like nothing else. When it comes to your office look, you can always opt for elegant fake eyelashes instead of applying several coats of mascara early in the morning, and save some time. On the other hand, you might want to skip those over-the-top faux lashes; these might look great on you on a Saturday evening, but they will be out-of-place in an office. Instead, choose lashes that are a bit more discreet and natural.

Match Your Makeup To Your Eyewear

When doing your makeup, it’s easy to forget that you’ll ultimately need to match it to whatever eyewear you have. You might have glasses or a set of Crystal Vision Lenses that you put in every morning. But even if you have contacts, it’s important to consider your makeup. You might want to avoid heavy mascara or eyeshadow that could irritate your eyes during the day. Likewise with a pair of frames, if you’ve got excessively long lashes you might end up with mascara smudges on your glasses. Why not place the emphasis on light eyeliner or your lip tint to take the pressure off your eyewear?

Do wear the highlighter

Not many of us are blessed with the ‘magical’ ability to look flawless in the morning. We might be sitting in the office and working, but we would much rather be in our beds – and our skin tone can prove it. If you want to add a bit of that healthy glow to your skin, simply apply highlighter to your cheekbones and your upper lip. Still, you should be careful and skip some of those shimmery highlighters and opt for matte ones instead, as shimmery ones can make you look unprofessional and can be a bit too shimmery under those office lights.

Do keep a stash at work

When we say ‘stash’, we’re referring to makeup, of course. This doesn’t mean that you should always buy two products just so that you can keep one in the office, but you should always have a first aid makeup kit in your desk drawer. Not only will it make you feel at ease knowing that you can remove some of your makeup in a blink of an eye, but you will always be able to run to the bathroom and fix your foundation or apply a fresh coat of lipstick.

Not sure if your makeup you wear for work is office appropriate? Check out these do's and don'ts for office makeup.

Don’t overdo smoky eyes

Everyone loves smoky eye look, and to be honest, it does look good on pretty much everyone. That being said, it wouldn’t be wise to rock your favorite smoky eye on workdays. Your office is probably the last place where you should wear heavy makeup to, especially if it’s a 9 to 5 type of job. While it might look great in the club on Saturday night, it will not look as flattering under harsh LED lights and sunshine coming through windows. Besides, you don’t want to give the impression that it’s leftover makeup from the evening before.

If you’re hoping to make your everyday makeup office-appropriate, it’s good to know that it doesn’t have to take too much time or effort. The most important thing is to use makeup in moderation because that’s the best way to be sure that you’ll be seen as professional and skilled with makeup.

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Jay Creed

Jay Creed

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Jay is the Content Creator + Manager here at Life of Creed. She shares her adventures in homeschooling, traveling, beauty, mental health, fashion, product + music reviews, DIY, and more. She is also a blog coach + mompreneur consultant over at Jay Creed.

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