I feel like concept of work makeup is often associated with adjectives like "humdrum" and "repetitious." If you feel that way too, allow me to offer up some beauty inspo. I came up with five fab (if I do say so myself) makeup looks that I think would work in most office environments.
Personally, I wouldn’t want to work for a company that wouldn’t allow me to rock a bold lip on the reg, but if that’s the case for you, I’ve included a couple toned-down looks that will still enhance your features and make you look and feel like the QUEEN that you are.
So, whether you have an awesome internship lined up for the summer or you’re simply looking for ways to amp your beauty game for your nine-to-five, I suggest you keep scrolling.
Magenta Lips & Natural Eyes
This one is for all my bold-lip-lovin’ ladies out there. If you’re going to shoot for an in-your-face shade like this magenta one, Framboise by BITE Beauty, it’s usually best to keep the eyes on the more neutral side. For this, I used the shade Faint from the Naked Basics Palette, which is a phenom palette for creating everyday eye looks.
As for blush, I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed, a great nude shade that flatters a wide variety of skin tones and looks lovely paired with bright lips.
I personally adore this look because it features a look-at-me lip that will instantly demand attention and get you noticed.
Navy Eyes & Neutral Hues
I think this look proves you can still make a statement without donning smoky eyes or a bold lip.
I kept her skin fresh with a lightweight BB cream and then bronzed everywhere the sun would naturally hit. To draw the attention to the eyes, I smoked out her upper lash line with a slightly shimmery navy shadow, Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Apparition, and added a thin line using black liquid liner for added definition.
To complete the look, I used a rosy-nude shade, Lady Beige by AERIN, which complemented her bronzy complexion quite nicely.
Poppy Lips & Rosy Cheeks
My goal for this look was to create a youthful and summery monochromatic look by using similar shades of poppy pink on her lips and cheeks.
I began by concealing any redness and highlighting under her eyes with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, which really stays true to its name. Then, I added a touch of RMS Living Luminizer to the high points of her cheeks and on the inner corners of her eyes; this stunning illuminator never fails to amaze me.
On her lips, I used the Tarte Power Pigment in True Love, a gorgeous watermelon-y pink shade. Then, I applied a healthy dose of the Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, which ended up matching the lips perfectly, to the apples of her cheeks. As for her eyes, I kept them simple with just a hint of liner and lengthening mascara.
Cat Eye x Shimmering Lips
A huge HOLLER to my liquid-liner-lovers--this one is for you guys. I firmly believe that you can never go wrong with a classic cat eye. It instantly makes you appear more polished, put-together and fierce in all the right ways. My holy-grail liquid liner is by DHC. It goes on so intensely pigmented with a slightly glossy finish, and the tiny, tapered brush seriously makes application seamless.
After I finished with her liner, I followed up with three coats of CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara to really define and thicken up her lashes. Finally, I finished with a new favorite lippy of mine: BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé in the shade Watermelon/Opal, which is a sheer red with golden shimmer running through it. It also smells exactly like watermelon candies--nuff’ said.
Holographic Lids & Sheer Purple Lips
OK, so obviously this is going to be most appropriate for those of you who work in creative fields, but if you’re into this look, then just rock it for a fun night out or whenever you like. This incredible holographic shadow is by Topshop, and it speaks to my soul.
I applied it all over her lid up to the crease with my finger, as it provided the most pigmentation payoff that way. Then, I smudged a smidge of matte black shadow along her upper lash line for extra definition and finished with two coats of mascara.
For her lips, I tied in the purple from the shadow with a similarly hued lip balm by Em-Cosmetics.
- Which look is your favorite?
- What makeup do you wear to work or your internship?
- Isn't my makeup-modeling bestie Shannon devastatingly beautiful?