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The Right Hair and Makeup for Your Corporate Look in 2020

The Right Hair and Makeup for Your Corporate Look in 2020

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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

Image BMost 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.

 

Appropriate Hairstyles

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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. 

 

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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  

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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. 

 

Curled Up

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

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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. 

 

The Lips 

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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.

Sprucing Up for Corporate End-of-Year Celebrations.

Sprucing Up for Corporate End-of-Year Celebrations.

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The corporate world is mostly characterized by orderliness and formality. Workers are expected to report to work and close at a particular time with an endless list of targets and meetings that require an everyday plan for what to wear. After a year of hard work and urgency to meet deadlines, end of year celebrations are the most anticipated and exciting seasons of work-life.

End of year is here, and for most organizations, preparations for parties are underway. Plans will change, the season is drawing near and so should outfits. The corporate world in this season does the most to make merry and unwind with a bucket list of activities; Christmas celebrations, end of year dinner and awards, excursions, games and other events that come with Christmas fever mostly for team bonding purposes. Unlike the everyday corporate look routine, what to wear in these times is an important ingredient for making lasting end of year memories.

No one wants to look their worst especially in the company of their bosses, colleagues, employees and business partners at such important functions, where business to business and networking can take place to propel the company for growth in the new year. A bad outfit ruins the event and stains both your personal and company brand image. The consequences go beyond having a less enjoyable time, the aftermath may include mockery, petty gossip and in some cases query from the bosses. This can go a long way to bruise one’s social life, confidence, and self-esteem and ultimately affect performance.  

To help you pick the right outfit for the right event, here are some suggestions to make you the star of the season.

 End of year Dinner and Awards Night is first on the list in every end of year preparation. This is where the top performers of the year are awarded in an atmosphere of music, laughter, food, dancing and good company.

For ladies: since this is an evening event why not rock something glamorous? a long and classy dress will put you in the spotlight.

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Texture: for such events, something soft and smooth on the body helps a great deal. Silk, satin, and lace are mostly the most sort for materials to such occasions because of their sleek, beautiful and most importantly light nature. They are not too heavy or stiff, they flow freely and it’s easy to make something simple but stunning with such type of fabric.

Color: Colors are always on display during nighttime events. While some go for simple black or white, others do a combination of both. Nothing is unacceptable, it just has to look aesthetically pleasing; not too many colors and patterns at the same time. The dark shade of one of your favorite colors will as well do the trick.

Style: with a constant change in style in an ever-evolving world of fashion, how about sticking to the basics for your corporate end-of-year event? Either a long straight dress, a knee level dress, a gorgeous jam suit or a beautiful knee-length skirt with a nice blouse could do you a great deal of good. No matter the style one chooses, it should be well fitted; not too tight and not too loose either, just well fitted. The length of the dress matters. Once you decide to wear a long straight dress, you should be mindful of the possibility of tripping which is embarrassing.  If you decide not to go for a flare down but for a tight pencil long dress, you must insist your designer makes a front, side or back parting to ensure free movement.

For those who will opt for short straight dresses, you have a mandate to keep it decent. Remember, you are still somewhat in your workspace and being watched. Something well fitted and comfortable with either a pencil or a flare down will do or a knee-length skirt with a nice beautiful top will keep simplicity and class intact. These same simple rules apply for jumpsuit option. 

If you decide to go in for a long sleeve dress it’s advised that you pick one with sleeves made from lace to allow easy air circulation and prevent excessive sweating, and feeling extremely hot after a good dance. Sleeveless or short-sleeved are equally perfect for such events.

Remember, your dresses albeit classy should not be too revealing either on the chest area or the thigh area.

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Footwear: A good look is never complete without footwear. Bring out those nice strappy heels that did not make the cut for the everyday corporate look, it’s now time for it to shine! Black footwear is always the safest because it matches perfectly with any dress color. A bright one color pair of heels (either platform or pencil) will work perfectly in a black dress, whereas black footwear will well assist a bright dress.

Depending on how you mastered the skill of walking in heels, you must avoid very long ones. They can be uncomfortable and block you from having a good time on the dance floor.

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Purse: for a classy look, a small pouch or clutch either made of some nice gold, silver, or diamond plating or beaded purse will switch up that look. A nice small size clutch of any beautiful fabric can also work perfectly.

Hair: your crown of glory must equally be on point. For such occasions, you definitely want to look quite different from your everyday look. There’s no formula here, why not try something different, breathtaking yet simple. You can wear long or short hair depending on your style and preference or hold a bun up or down, just switch it up. Remember, whatever you put on should complement your entire look.

Accessories: wearing beautiful jewelry around the neck, shiny earrings, and a nice wristwatch is all the accessorizing one may need for such an event. Nice pearls or a shiny and fancy necklace on a dark colored dress or top is just perfect. You can also consider a nice simple wristwatch for a complete look.

Makeup: makeup is an essential part of the night. Remember, your face is your first point of contact and should have a simple, classy and natural glow. As much as you want to look your best, especially at the end of the year you should also look recognizable. Avoid anything extra that makes you unrecognizable, it could impair your final look. 

Perfume:  Stay away from strongly scented perfumes that choke breath. Choose a mild and classy perfume that smells good.

For men: the usual black and white look works; black suit with a black long or bow tie is mostly the preferred choice together with a nicely polished black shoes, black belt, and a nice watch. Don’t forget to get a haircut. Get a nice simple haircut, no makeup needed and remember to smell good. If you decide to opt for a little color, the pocket square must match the tie. The shirt should be a single color with little or no designs on them.

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Excursions

Other events like excursions also require their own unique appearances. Most company excursions involve trips taken to tourist sites like the hiking on mountains, picnics in the park, and popular or historical landmarks in or outside the country. Most of these excursions require some form of physical activities like trekking and hiking, which is why one needs to be properly suited up for it.

Ladies should have their hair nicely and tightly tied to the back. Both men and women can either go in for a well fitted Lacoste shirt or a neat T-shirt with their well fitted blue or black jeans or any decent comfortable shorts or tracksuit.

If the company has its own customized company t-shirts, then you have a good opportunity to sell your brand while having fun. If you miss out on the customized look, try on similar colors to blend right in the pack. Very comfortable sneakers are advised. Ladies, avoid heels and sandals. Just go in for just sneakers or flat shoes. Men can also try some simple loafers or stick with their sneakers. You shouldn’t forget your hat, scarf or umbrellas, beware of the harshness of the sun to avoid getting burnt. The rains can also give you a good beating if proper precaution is not taken. A simple leather watch works.

 

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Games and sporting activities

 

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Such activities are vigorous in nature. Ladies should opt for shorts, well wrapped and firmly held hair and a firm bra to allow comfort. Skirt on such events can be too revealing and should be avoided. Here, sneakers are highly advised.

No matter the range of events one chooses to attend at the end of the year as a worker, the brand must be top of mind. Stay aware and conscious of your surroundings: the weather, time of day, type of event, the people around and dress accordingly. In the midst of the fun activities, people always keep an eye on their surroundings. Always remember to make a statement by leaving a good impression. These simple and easy tips are set for a good time as you show off some style and class this season. Remember “clothes are never a frivolity; they always mean something”James Laver.   

Accessorizing The Corporate Look

Accessorizing The Corporate Look

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