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While YouTube makeup artists have the freedom to play with countless makeup techniques and create the most conspicuous and sometimes even ostentatious makeup looks, the world of work-appropriate makeup has certain rules. These rules involve, if not fewer products than definitely smaller quantities of it, as well as more subtle and natural-looking results. The tutorials we’ve become almost addicted to are certainly fun, and we have plenty of occasions for which to recreate them such as parties, outings with friends and even our regular days off, but when it comes to looking polished and professional, the general rule of thumb is ‘less is more’.

To that end, we have created a list of fabulous options that will help you look both gorgeous while keeping it light and slightly subdued in the makeup department.

Ease up on the shadow

Ease up on the shadow

The smoky eye look may just be the most flattering look for your eye shape, but you might want to stay away from dark hues while at work, at a meeting and particularly during a job interview. Eyes that are somewhat ‘aggressively painted’ can, more often than not, give out an unprofessional vibe, not to mention that you always run the risk of makeup melting, which would result in a hot mess.

Nothing opens and brightens the eyes like a pearly-beige moderately shimmery shadow. This hue will make you look sleek and polished, and if you need just a bit of dimension, add a touch of warm brown in the crease, just to define the eye a bit.  

Get crafty

Get crafty

Mascara is one of the most beloved makeup staples each and every woman resorts to even during the ‘on the go’ moments. However, our beloved staple can sometimes turn on us – make the lashes chunky or worse, smudge and melt, which results in a disaster. Fake lashes are a definite no, but there is something that can be done.

The women of Australia know that the struggle to keep makeup intact in heat is real, which is exactly why they’re increasingly opting for extensions. They put their lashes in the hands of professionals for quality eyelash extensions in Sydney, home of numerous Master Eyelash Extension Specialists. You get the lashes custom-made for your eye shape and size, that give you a luscious yet clean and sleek eye look, and no mascara is needed.

Fight the light

Fight the light

The office lighting can be awfully unflattering, resulting in every line and pore emphasized. In order to avoid looking cakey and chalky, perhaps it’s best to skip foundation altogether, or keep it in the luminous sheer coverage family, and always go for your shade – nothing more unprofessional than looking orange.

CC creams are actually the safest route to take, as they will give you a flawless and even complexion that feels and looks like skin. Of course, the lighting can also make you appear pale and washed out and the remedy for that can be found in a soft pink or peach blush that will provide you with an instant boost in radiance and bring a healthy dose of color to the cheeks.

The sea of nudes

The sea of nudes

In the lip department, there is one ideal route to take. Undoubtedly, this is the creamy or satin nude lip route in your most flattering shade. For some it’s rosy pink, for others, it’s iconic brownish shades, such as MAC’s Velvet Teddy. Keep the lips hydrated at all times which means steering clear from drying formulas usually found in matte liquid lipsticks that set into the lines and begin to break after a short while. This is the last thing you want during an important meeting – dry chapped lips with messy lipstick.

Exude power

Exude power

Once you’ve landed the job there is no reason whatsoever to not rock a red lip. Red epitomizes power, and when worn with the rest of your face clean and subtle, it provides a look that is chic, sleek, confident and professional. A helpful tip to keep you in the right direction is – put away the bright reds, particularly ones with blue undertones as they can be a bit ‘too loud’. Brick red and even burgundy are much more sophisticated options for the office.

Fresh as a daisy

Fresh as a daisy

While you might want to refrain from being the office ‘glow-getter’ a bit of a healthy glow is always welcome. There are tons of great highlighters on the market, and for a subtle sheen all you have to do is dab a bit of a creamy one on the high points of your face, making sure not to go overboard and you are ready to conquer the day.