A recurring topic in our blog series has been workplace attire – what to wear in the office, how to wear it, and what makes you look like a professional with overall style. But this week we’ll zoom in on your most important and most observed feature: your face.
For women, we’ve already shared the Proctor & Gamble study proposing that makeup makes women appear more competent in the workplace; the same idea could be applied to hair and accessories as well. Below, a few insights on the best practices for daytime beauty – plus a couple more tips for those evening holiday parties just around the corner!
- First and foremost for workplace makeup: all in moderation. A moderate use of foundation, powder, eye makeup and lipstick will give a natural yet polished look.
- Offices generally have less than ideal lighting. The ever-present fluorescent bulbs shed grey-toned light and are generally unflattering to the skin. A tinted moisturizer (matched to your natural colour) can counter the flatness with a healthy glow, plus add some much-needed moisture to skin during the dry months of winter.
- Eye contact is key for engaged listening and speaking, so bring attention to your eyes. Light or neutral coloured eyeshadow plus a moderate amount of eyeliner and mascara will brighten the eyes without going overboard. This will give you an awake and alert look, while drawing listeners to your eyes when you speak.
- The right lipstick can be determined by your skin tone, outfit, and to a degree, your personal style and mood! Classic red, neutral pink, and the occasional bold will work in the office. Keep a tube of lipstick in your desk or purse for an afternoon touch-up.
- For after-hours, it’s acceptable to add a little drama! Smoky eyes, shimmering eyeshadow and added bronzer and blush should all be saved for the evenings out on the town or the festive holiday parties.
- In a professional setting, jewelry should not be the first thing people notice when they look at your face. Nevertheless, add elegance to your look by choosing classic jewelry. Earrings such as pearls, silver or gold studs, or small diamonds will contribute a level of modest sophistication to your look.
- For evenings and parties, add a notch of glitz for the holidays! Earrings with more shine, dangle or sparkle are appropriate for evening holiday affairs with a little bit of glamour.
- If you wear glasses, work with the frame retailer to ensure that the frame shape balances the shape of your face. According to InStyle’s Secrets of Style, oval frames flatter almost anyone. Ovals can help to soften the angles of the face and additionally can shorten a long face. In general, the most flattering glasses follow the curve of the eyebrows. And above all, make sure your glasses are not crooked!
- No matter the style, professional hair should be neat and tidy and also should not demand your attention throughout the day. Fortunately there are many great low-maintenance styles.
- A sleek bun is a style that works for those with both curly and straight hair. Twist a bun at the nape of the neck and pin it – a great way to show off the full of your face. For curly hair, smooth down the curls leading to the bun and use extra pins if necessary.
- A neat ponytail is an alternative up-do to the bun. A good ponytail height is in the middle of the back of the head. Be sure the ponytail itself stays combed.
- With straight hair, try a bob. This classic style looks sharp when every hair is smooth and in place – a hair straightener can help achieve this effect.
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