9 Makeup Mistakes which You Need to Stop Making at the Office

Office makeup goals are tough to achieve. You need to do your makeup while looking professional and sophisticated. Do you know it was recently confirmed in a study that women who don’t wear makeup make less money than those who do? In this post, I will school you on the biggest office beauty mistakes to avoid and ensure our makeup always looks polished and professional in the workplace.

9 Makeup Mistakes which You Need to Stop Making at the Office

Ignoring the importance of proper lighting

If you put makeup on while at work, this tip is absolutely essential. There’s a good chance that you have fluorescent light bulbs throughout your office. In case you haven’t realized, they’re not particularly flattering and can make you look sickly. In fact, fluorescent lighting can be terrible for makeup application. So it’s better you head to the ladies’ room for touch-ups instead of sticking at your desk. Most office bathrooms have windows with natural light, this will prevent you from over applying makeup.

Using too much shimmer

glitter makeup for office

Say no to shimmer. Whenever you wear shimmer and sparkle makeup, it reads like you’re headed for an evening party. If you opt to add a bit of luminosity to your appearance, add little glimmer in your blush or strobe with a very light hand to give your complexion a healthy glow. After all, you want to look like a professional at work, not a party girl.

Not rocking a power lip for presentations

red lipstick for office

Even if a bold pout isn’t usually in your beauty wheelhouse, consider it if you’ll have a starring role at your next meeting. When speaking in front of a crowd, you want people to pay attention to you and what you’re saying. A bright shade draws attention and your colleagues will pay better attention to you.

Wearing too much foundation

Stick to a natural, reasonable amount of coverage as the excess cream foundation and setting powder can look especially heavy and chalky under fluorescent lights. Instead, try just covering dark circles, blemishes, and other imperfections with concealer; even out your skin tone with a sheer foundation or tinted moisturizer after that.

Checking yourself out too frequently

woman checking herself out in the mirror

Unless you’re a fellow beauty editor, your boss probably won’t appreciate if you test out your most recent lipstick purchases or dust on bronzer on company time — especially at your desk. Restrict your touch-ups to the ladies’ room and save them for moments that matter, like before a meeting or happy hour.

Forgetting to fill in your brows

By simply defining your arches, you’ll look more groomed, polished, and professional. The finished result of a filled brow is also super subtle, so those who don’t want to wear a full face of makeup or work in environments that frown on cosmetics should definitely try it out. Lightly sketch in the sparse parts of your brows and improve their shape using a pencil.

Slicking on lip gloss

Leave the shiny glosses for a night in the town. Lacquered lips can look overly youthful or too casual, so opt for matte or cream formulas instead. Consider stashing one of these pout formulas in your bag for necessary touch-ups.

Full on contouring

office makeup contouring

By now you know contouring is super popular, but be sure to do a soft contour for a formal set up. It is recommended that you skip contouring or try sculpting with a product that is only one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Make sure you blend the harsh edges.

Skipping blush

Blush brings color to your face. A little rouge can quickly counteract a sallow-looking complexion under fluorescent lights. So choose a soft peach or pink blush for daily office wear.

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