You may be aware of a study done in 2011 paid for by Procter & Gamble that discovered that women are perceived as capable, reliable, and amiable when they wore cosmetics. This is another tool that women can use to climb the corporate ladder. However, it is important to know that this perception included a lack of trust for ‘glamorous’ makeup. There is a fine line between what can get you ahead and what can hinder you. Similar to making an effort in wearing nice attire, cosmetics can be another way to demonstrate professionalism. Here are five tips to keeping your makeup workplace friendly.
It’s hard to feel ‘done’ without eyeliner when doing your makeup. However, the harsh lines of eyeliner can be a bit much for a conservative environment. Especially kohl eyeliner, which can be too sultry. For a less obvious look, try using a thin brush with heavily pigmented dark eyeshadow for eyeliner. The look still defines your eyes, but is a lot softer for day.
Blending cannot be emphasized enough. Harsh lines can be distracting in meetings. If you wearing eyeliner instead of shadow as mentioned in the first tip, be sure to use a Q-tip to blend. For a sure way to eliminate the dreaded foundation or powder lines on your jawline, apply starting with the center of your face and blend outwards. If you have the time, applying foundation with a brush and then buffing with a foundation wedge or beauty blender will get you to flawless status.
Avoid using lipliner unless it’s a neutral tone. It may be fetching in the morning, but once you have your morning coffee you’ll be stuck with harsh lipliner and no lipstick a la the ‘90s. If you must use the lip liner, fill in your lips lightly with it so when the lipstick wears off there is still a layer of color.
Contouring and blush combined with bronzer can be beautiful, but it’s a lot for an everyday look for work. Simply use an angled blush brush and lightly apply blush powder (in a shade similar to your color when your face is flushed when you’re working out). It shouldn’t be obvious that you have on blush, just a little bit of color will do.
5. Bright Colors
It’s obvious that neutral colors are the preference for work. But every woman has something edgy in their makeup bag that they’d like to use. You can still use these colors with careful application. For example, if you’d like to wear teal eyeliner, line the top lid only, and then go over it with a narrower line of dark brown/black shadow and keep the lips neutral. Conversely, if wearing your favorite fuschia lipstick, pare down your eye makeup to just liner and mascara.
Remember, the effect you want to have is to look generally attractive and presentable. Your makeup shouldn’t compete for attention with your work. Some may say that it’s unfair that makeup has an impact on perceived work performance for women. Whether or not you agree, you can still use the reality of how people think to work to your advantage with professional looking makeup.
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