Perfect Business Causal Makeup Looks

Doing makeup that’s appropriate for the workplace can be challenging. Heavy makeup is usually frowned on; neutral makeup is always best. But makeup done right can make you look more put together, friendlier, and more attractive. Here are some tips for a flawless business casual look.

• Goes easy on the mascara

For a more natural, professional look, roll your mascara wand from base to tip. This will separate your lashes. And avoid wearing fake eyelashes to the office at all costs.

• Don't experiment with makeup

The workweek is no time for it. If you want to experiment, wait for the weekend. You'll have time to fix things in case something goes wrong.

• Avoid dark eye makeup

Smoky eyes are too unprofessional for the workplace. Go light on your eye makeup.

• Ditch the frosted, chalky lip color

It washes out your complexion and can come across as distracting and unprofessional. Choose lipsticks in nude and pink shades.

• Stay south of your brow line with your eye makeup

Doing otherwise will come across as over-the-top and unprofessional. Also, go easy on the eyeshadow. Your makeup shouldn't be too flashy or glittery. Your eyes should seem awake.

• Apply bronzer naturally

Get a natural-looking bronzer by blending it into your hairline and down to your neck. For an office-appropriate finish, apply bronzer with a large makeup brush.

• Keep a neutral lip color in your desk drawer

Some great colors to choose from include pinkish neutral colors.

• Sport subtle eyeliner

Achieve this by spraying a shadow brush with water and dipping it into black eyeshadow. This is less noticeable than regular eyeliner. You'll want to use a thin brush.


8 steps toward a perfect workplace look

Now that you know how not to wear makeup, here's how to give a great face in the workplace.

1. Give yourself a lactic acid scrub

Do this before you put on your makeup. Your skin will remain luminous all day.

2. Apply primer, foundation, or concealer (depending on your needs)

A primer helps to keep your skin nice and smooth, and it prevents makeup from wearing off. Apply a primer as you would a moisturizer. Apply foundation or concealer only to areas that need it, such as under-eye circles and blemishes, using a slightly damp makeup sponge.

3. Apply eye pencil to your eyes’ outer corners

Use a black pencil if your complexion is light to medium complexions, and purple if it’s darker. Brighten your eyes, then apply shimmery white eyeshadow to their inner corners. Dot the center of your eyelids and under your eyebrows. For more definition, extend the liner all along your lash line, smudging it lightly. Use neutral shadows for smoky shading.

4. Curl your eyelashes

This will give your eyes a more open look and make your lashes appear longer. After curling your eyelashes, apply mascara. Choose black mascara.

5. Put on some blush

It’ll make you look healthy. Apply powder blush to the apples of your cheeks with a blush brush, keeping most of the product on the high part of the cheekbones.

6. Treat your lips to gloss or sheer lipstick

They’ll make you look younger. To plump your lip volume, apply neutral lip pencil to your lips before applying lip gloss.

7. Groom your eyebrows

Clean up around your eyebrows’ arch. Don’t thin them, however; doing so can make you appear older than you are. If your brows are too sparse, fill them in with an eyebrow pencil.

8. Emphasize your eyes or lips, but not both

Also, don't emphasize your cheeks.

Business Casual Looks

This simple makeup routine should only take you five to 10 minutes in the morning, and you'll look very polished! And to go from day to night, simply add some red lipstick.


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  3. "The DOs And DON'Ts of Workplace Makeup," Glamour, June 6, 2011.

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