They say to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. In the workplace, looking polished and put-together is almost as important as the work you do. Think of it this way; even if you are producing great work, showing up in sweatpants can give your coworkers and your superiors a false impression of the effort you put into your job. The same goes for makeup. Your beauty routine says a lot about your taste, time management skills, and judgment. But while it’s important to put some effort into your look each morning, you also don’t want to look like you spend more time primping than you do working. Balance is key. So, I put together a list of tips for perfecting your office beauty routine:
On days when you don’t have time to style or wash your hair, make use of the ballerina bun. This look is sleek and professional without taking too much effort in the morning. Braids, fishtails, and polished ponytails are also your friend. Also, always be sure to dry your hair on mornings that you do wash it. Just as noticeably unwashed hair can leave a bad impression, soaking wet hair says that you were probably rushing out the door that morning which is a sign of poor time management skills.
Badly chipped nail polish could come off as a sign of sloppiness to your boss or coworkers. So, if your polish is starting to chip, spend the three minutes it takes to remove your polish before heading into the office. Clean, bare nails are always better than nails with chipped polish. Additionally, if you spend your day typing, it’s best to keep your nails short. The sound of long acrylics clacking on the keyboard may be annoying your coworkers.
The office is no place for a dramatic smoky eye or a sparkly shadow. Instead, keep your eye makeup simple by swiping a little liquid liner or a neutral shadow on your lid. If you are prone to smudging your eye makeup, choose a waterproof formula to avoid dreaded raccoon eyes.
Wearing a little lipstick is a good trick for making yourself look instantly put-together. As long as the rest of your makeup is kept very simple, it’s perfectly appropriate to wear a muted red or a nude pink lipstick. Keeping it simple with lip-gloss or balm is also a good idea.
When it comes to perfume, be sensitive to your coworkers who are sitting around you, and spray conservatively. Especially if you sit in an open office space, keep in mind that those around you may not like the same scents, or even have allergies to certain fragrances and remember, if you are in need of a little midday spritz, it’s always best to do it in the bathroom, not at your desk.
Desk Drawer Essentials
Another good tip is to always keep a small cosmetic bag with your beauty essentials such as lipstick, lip balm, powder compact with a mini brush or blotting tissues, and a mini makeup setting spray in your desk drawer. You never know when your makeup will need a little touchup and until next time, stay happy, healthy and beautiful.