The Perfect Corporate Makeup

12.7.14

Wondering how much makeup is too much for the workplace? Look no further!

I've put together my take on what I think is the perfect corporate makeup. I've split up this post into two segments. The first is for those of you with really professional, conservative and corporate jobs, such as teachers, doctors, and lawyers. The second is for those of you who work in the more creative industries, such as the arts and design. Some of you may fall in between these two categories and for that you'll have to take a bit of this and a bit of that from each to create your perfect corporate look.

The Professional

Products
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ecru
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Zuii Organic Blush in Melon
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
Soft Matte Brown Eye Shadow from old Australis Palette
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
MaxFactor 2000 Calorie Mascara in Black
Australis Retractable Lip Liner in Nude
Victoria Jackson Lip Gloss
The Professional makeup is all about the skin and keeping things natural. I've opted for a medium buildable foundation but a BB or CC cream would work even better because they tend to look more natural. Erase any blemishes or imperfections with your concealer and add a light dusting of bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks to warm up your complexion. As for blush, keep it light with a product that gives you a slight flush. And on the lips, opt for something similar in colour to your lips. Avoid nudes always; I'm talking MAC's "Myth" and "Flesh Pot" here.
The Creative

Products
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ecru
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Zuii Organic Blush in Grapefruit
NYX HD Eye Shadow Base
Soft Matte Brown Eye Shadow from old Australis Palette
NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk
Maybelline Pencil Eye Liner in Black
MaxFactor 2000 Calorie Mascara in Black
Maybelline Lipstick in Pink Pop
The Creative look is all about adding a pop of colour, whether that be on the lips or lower lash line. You want to express your creativity without going OTT. I added mascara to the lower lashes and some smudged pencil liner on my lid. You can go a little more defined with the contour and blush, as well as the eyebrows if you wish.

These are the types of looks I love to wear in the workplace. I hope that this guide is helpful and you feel a little more comfortable in your approach to corporate makeup.

Additional tips:
No sharpie brows - keep your eyebrows defined but natural looking by using a powder or pencil

Blend, blend, blend, blend, blend - no one wants to see where your foundation ends and your neck starts. And on that note...

Make sure your base matches your skin tone as closely possible - whether it be a foundation, BB cream or CC cream, always opt for the lighter shade if you're in between two shades as you can always darken it up with bronzer

Don't go overboard with over-lining your lips - you don't want people staring at them for the wrong reasons

Don't make your contour too sculpted - you're going to work not a photo shoot

No false lashes under any circumstances

Less is more when it comes to blush - you don't want to look like a clown

Always wear makeup to work - even if it's just a slick of mascara and a swipe of lip balm, wearing something is better than nothing because it shows that you care about your presentation

If you have any tips on corporate makeup, please leave them in the comments below.