Putting on your makeup for work can be tricky—you want to look professional but depending on where you work, you don’t want to go overboard with makeup that’s too dramatic or trendy. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo makeup altogether. Here, learn how to apply makeup that’s office-appropriate for a gorgeous work makeup look.
Start with a Clean, Smooth Slate
Before getting to the heart of your work makeup routine, use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, like the Mia 2. Keeping your skin clean is key to presenting your best skin possible, so pair your facial cleansing brush with a brush head that addresses your skin’s specific needs. For example, you can use a Deep Pore Brush Head to get our deepest clean, a Radiance Cleansing brush head to wash away dull skin, or use an Acne Cleansing Brush Head to flush away acne-causing impurities. Then, follow up with moisturizer—and most importantly, primer. Using a primer can help create a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application, as well as ensure that your makeup wears evenly throughout the day. All you need is a dime-size amount. Spread it over your face, paying particular attention to areas like your T-zone, which tend to be oilier than the rest of your face.
Apply Face Makeup with a Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush
Woke up with a pimple on the day you’re supposed to give a presentation? It’s time to disguise your blemishes. The foundation—pardon the pun!—of any work makeup look is seamlessly applied foundation. So, don’t use your hands to apply your makeup—instead, use a Sonic Foundation Makeup Brush, which perfectly blends cream, stick, or liquid makeup to cover blemishes, acne scars, or other imperfections better than your hands. Follow up by applying a creamy concealer with your brush to mask any remaining imperfections that still show through your foundation. You can also sculpt your face by contouring and highlighting with cream or liquid concealer and blending with your brush. Accentuate specific areas of your face—like your cheekbones—with a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone. Add dimension to your face by highlighting with a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone—apply it down the bridge of your nose, in between your eyebrows, and on your cupid’s bow.
Focus on Neutral Eye Makeup
When it comes to work makeup, keep your eye makeup on the subtle side by applying neutral hues. Invest in a neutral eye shadow palette that contains shades in different finishes (like matte and shimmer) so that you have options. Apply a medium-hued brown shade all over your lid and draw a thin line with brown pencil eyeliner to define your eyes. Finish with a swipe of mascara in brown or black.
Look Pretty in a “My Lips But Better” Lipstick
Your boldest bright lipstick shades aren’t the best picks for the office. Instead, opt for a lipstick shade that is close to the natural hue of your lips (this is known as “my lips but better”). Ensure your lipstick doesn’t feather by applying an invisible lip liner all over your lips before applying lipstick.
Touch Up Your Makeup in the Afternoon
There’s nothing worse than looking in the mirror and noticing that your face has started to look shiny by lunchtime—especially if you have a meeting scheduled in the afternoon. Keep setting powder or a pack of blotting papers in your desk so that you can easily sop up excess oil. You can use either product whenever needed, and they won’t mess up your makeup. Other good products to keep on hand are cotton swabs and micellar water. If your eye makeup has started to flake, you can dip a cotton swab into a bottle of micellar water and clean up any of the eye shadow or mascara that has migrated beneath your eyes.
Be Prepared to Take Your Makeup Look from Day to Night
Headed to happy hour with your friends or have a date planned? Bring your makeup bag with you so that you can easily transition your work makeup look to a more dramatic nighttime makeup look. You don’t have to start completely from scratch—just touch up your face makeup and lip color and play up your eyes. Use your eye shadow palette to add a darker shade into the crease of your eyelid to create a smoky eye effect, thicken your eyeliner and flick it out at the corners of your eyes, and add another coat of mascara.
Once you’re back home, take your makeup off with a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. If you have skin that’s prone to oil, get a deep clean with a Deep Pore Brush Head, which cleans and refines clogged pores and visibly reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. In the morning, you’ll be ready to start your work-day makeup routine all over again!