Putting your best face forward at work can be tricky. The lipstick that looks yummy in the bathroom mirror and the eyeshadow that sparkles in the car on your way to office could appear sickly under fluorescent lights. “So, keep your make-up light and natural when you’re in office. Always have a mirror in your drawer. This is because make-up can change during the day, as you keep working,” suggests Matthew Tyler, regional training manager, Estee Lauder, Middle East and India.
For a big meeting
If you have a big office conference or the head honcho is in town, keep the look polished. Put on some lipstick as it looks more professional than lip gloss. Add colour to the cheeks, and apply a light eyeshadow with mascara.
Best way to apply foundation
For a seamless application of foundation, first ensure your skin is
perfectly primed and hydrated with a good moisturiser. It must be applied with a foundation brush since you cannot get the same finish as when you apply it with your fingers. Start from the centre, where you tend to have maximum redness, and work your way outwards so that you can blend the foundation easily into the neckline and the jaw line. This way, visible lines can be avoided. The final step is to set the foundation with pressed powder.
For quick touch-ups, it’s useful to always have a couple of lip glosses, a blush and some eyeshadows stacked in your cabinet. A simple, natural look is easier to transition for after-work drinks or dinner with lipsticks in darker shades.
If you don’t have the time to remove your make-up entirely, you can always refresh and rebloom it. Start by applying a few drops of night repair cream in the palm of your hand and apply on your face with a powder brush to bring out a radiant glow. For the lips, remove your lipstick if it has chapped at the end of the day. You would have to change the shade of lipstick for a party or a night out, anyway. For your cheeks, you can afford to go over-the-top with the blush colour. On the eyes, re-prime with a creamy concealer. Choose a darker eyeshadow and finish with several coats of mascara.