Wet hair, smudged eyeliner, chipped nails. These mishaps top the list of Office Beauty No-Nos. We all know that we need to be presentable at work. But beyond the obvious, what does presentable actually mean?
What you can get away with in terms of grooming in the office has a lot to do with your company's corporate culture. Much like a dress code, more creative, laidback occupations call for less stringent beauty routines. However, there are some rules that apply to almost everyone.
For one, don't shy away from color, especially when it comes to lipstick. Red lipstick looks right, even in a boardroom. "A perfect red mouth, with a bit of blush and a neutral eye shadow, always looks appropriate," says makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, whose clients include Debra Messing. Shy away from glosses and try a matte, creamy lipstick like Brick Red--a neutral, brownish red--from Bobbi Brown. The key is to keep it clean. To ensure the lipstick doesn't bleed onto the skin around your mouth, fill in your lips with a nude pencil before applying.
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