Makeup Should Be an Attraction Not a Distraction!
As a Washington, DC makeup artist I have the pleasure of meeting a lot of business professionals and students. A large majority of my clients range from entrepreneurs to attorneys. I once heard someone refer to DC as the most powerful city in the world. The conservative culture can be seen on Pennsylvania Ave & North Capitol any given day with dignitaries and politicians wearing either black or blue suits. So because of the demographics I have the pleasure of catering towards a large majority of my clients who desire natural makeup that is appropriate for the workplace or school. Contrary to popular stereotype, I am a makeup artist who enjoys doing natural subtle makeup.
With years of experience my goal is to help you develop and project your best personal image for business and social success. Here are a few tips on how to achieve makeup that is appropriate for work and school.
Tip #1. Keep It Simple
Time is very limited in the morning for all of us but don’t make lack of time an excuse. Keeping it simple means keeping the amount products you use to a minimum. Practice mastering a everyday look in 5 mins. to save you time in the morning. Product essentials should include:
- Foundation (Sheer to full coverage depending on personal preference) Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer $43
- Concealer ( Select a color one shade lighter and use under the eyes to conceal bags and dark circles) MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer $20
- Cream Eyeshadow (Super easy and quick application) NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil French Fries $5
- Mascara (consider using a brown or clear color to keep it subtle) Mally Beauty Volumizing Waterproof Mascara $20
- Nude Gloss or Lip Balm (Go for a blush or pink nude) NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Neutral $5
Tip #2. Polished
Makeup can be a challenge to master but once its accomplished it will do wonders for your self confidence and the way people interact with you. The best advice I can give to beginners is to BLEND. Blending your makeup will be the key to a polished look.
Tip #3. Manageable
Selecting products that will last an 8 hour workday is essential. Imagine giving a presentation and there's lipstick on your teeth or your black mascara is running. This can be avoided by using products that are waterproof and long wearing.The less makeup you have on the easier it is to manage throughout the day.
Tip #4. Natural Equals Neutral
Very few people are born with smokey eyes and red lips. The golden rule for natural makeup is neutral makeup. Stick with earth tone shades and avoid colors that are too bold and bright.
Tip #5: Avoid Creating a Distraction
Bright bold makeup can be prefect for the runway but not so much for the office. Your personal image may vary depending on your industry but your makeup should never distract your coworkers from your great ideas and conversations. The goal in any professional setting is to be respected and your personal image is a major factor on how people treat you.