When it comes to choosing the right hairstyle and putting on the right makeup, most women who work in the corporate world often find themselves in a jumble as to what is acceptable in their work space. ‘Should I go with weave-on or wigs, or perhaps braids, should it be large box braids or small twist braids? Do I use bright or dark lipstick, or simply stick to nude lipstick?’ These are some of the questions that run through the minds of corporate women each day as they get ready for the office. Coming into the new year, here are some few tips for rocking the right hair and makeup for that corporate look.
Hair Colour Counts
Most women fail to realize that when it comes to corporate fashion, hair colour plays a big part in completing the professional look. These days, women love to experiment with various hair colours including: pink, green, white, among others. It should be noted that to maintain the corporate look, sticking to darker colours is the best alternative. Black and dark brown hair works perfectly. That notwithstanding, a little colour never hurt anyone but caution must be exercised in selecting hair colour. Picking a colour that complements the skin is strongly recommended. A quick search online is helpful in making hair colour choices and shades that best complements skin tone.
When it comes to hairstyles, corporate women are not restricted to particular styles, but the gag is to stick to light braids and avoid heavy braids if braids are the hairstyle chosen. Some examples of light braids include micro or mini braids, cornrows, box braids, just to mention a few. Remember to always choose light weave-on or wigs over voluminous ones as they are likely to get in the way during work, posing as a distraction. Again, it is advisable to pull the hair all the way to the back, but it doesn’t hurt letting it hang loose once a while if only it won’t be a distraction.
When it comes to makeup in the corporate world, less is more. For a business appropriate makeup, choosing a premium quality Foundation and Concealer for your face is advised. Ensure that the foundation and concealer shade unarguably complements skin, rather than mismatching shades that will ruin the look envisioned. . Head to a makeup store or seek expert advice if there’s uncertainty about what shade of foundation or concealer works for what skin tone and type.
Drawing the Right Eyebrows
It sounds weird but there is no one-size or shape fits-all when it comes to eyebrows. Most people who wear makeup often make the abominable mistake of doing arch-shaped brows although they don’t really work for everyone.
For women with round faces, structured brows with arches and longer ends are ideal. Women with oval faces should go for well-balanced and contoured brows. Women with heart-shaped faces should opt for softly rounded arch brows while women with square faces are advised to draw brows with an angled peak. Oblong-shaped face women are advised to draw shorter brows, while diamond-shaped face women are advised to draw linear brows.
Types of Brow Products
Now, when it comes to eyebrows, again, most women use pencils to draw their eyebrows. Some opt for brow gel (clear gel and tinted gel), Markers, powder, pomade, and wax are also options, but there’s also a new trend called microblading.
Pencils are the key to adding soft, natural-looking definition to arches and also makes for an excellent base for brow powder. Powder formulas are mostly used to set brow pencils to make them last longer and make brows look even fuller because, on their own, they tend to have a softer effect than other brow products. Pomade is the secret to the bold brows you see all over social media.
In addition to giving brows a dramatic and defined look, brow fillers that can be mistaken for felt-tipped liquid liner are prime choices for covering scar tissue or bald spots. They can be used to etch on strokes that look like individual brow hairs.
Gels are the quickest and easiest way to add color, subtle hold, and fullness to the brow, they are the most preferred brow product.
Though expensive, microblading is the ideal choice for a career woman. Microblading is the semi-permanent secret to faking fuller eyebrows that look natural. This is a hassle-free solution to spending hours penciling or using other products on eyebrows to get that perfect shape desired.
Lay Low on the Eyeliner
Sometimes you want to channel Cleopatra by going big on eyeliner, but slow down.
While this may be fun on a night out, it is best to avoid dramatic liners in the daytime, especially in the corporate world. Find a good eyeliner and draw on a professional yet elegant cat eye, for an added wow factor to the glow.
Smokey Eye? No Way!
Just like it is with eyeliner, toning down on eye makeup is also recommended.
Dark Smokey eyes may look fantastic under club lights and may be appreciated in such settings, but they do not send the correct impression in the corporate world. When it comes to picking eye shadow for the business world, it is highly advised to sway towards neutral or earthy tones such as Brown, Rose, Champagne, Peach and Plum, generally colours that are not so different from skin tone. Also, avoid wearing two or more eye shadow colours; just stick to one, it works perfectly.
These days, I see lots of women wear false lashes not just for evening wear, but for the office. I’m not sure it’s a trend, besides it’s a little weird. I believe most women in the corporate world are being influenced by makeup worn by celebrities. But remember, most celebrities don’t work in offices. I’m not against the wearing of false lashes to the office but you need to consider the type or style of false lashes you choose. I’ll recommend you go all-natural with the lashes, curl it up and put some mascara on it. But if you want to wear false lashes, go for short and natural-looking ones.
The Art of Contouring
Contouring is all about placing the product in the right order to highlight certain facial features. It is easy to master contouring by creating the number three on your cheek. Start from the hairline, then underneath the cheekbone, then back down to the jawline. Contouring is a skill and if it proves to be difficult to do then don’t sweat it. The finished makeup looks good anyway without contours. Practicing the art greatly enhances skill and so routinizing contouring helps in mastering the art.
Are You Blushing?
No makeup look is complete without a touch of rose on the cheeks, it can absolutely be done without. These days, some people prefer bronzer to blusher, which also works perfectly.
Just like concealers and foundations, not all blushers suit every type of skin tone. The best shade for light skin is pale pink, while skin mauve shades work like magic on brown skin. Dark skin works best with brick-orange tones. With this in mind, knowing the perfect blush colour that looks natural and suits skin is a breeze.
With lip colours, it is great to have a few more options than eyeshadows and eyeliners. For an everyday simple look, stick to nude lip pencils, glosses or lipsticks that can last the entire day. Neutral pinks and soft corals are the best choices for a typical day in the office.
With that said, it is okay to stand out sometimes. Gravitate towards buying tones such as Burgundy, Bright Red or other bold shades of lipstick to really make a statement.