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Beauty mistakes to avoid in the workplace

Our generation tends to get a bad rep when it comes to the workplace. There are tons of things we still have yet to learn. Don’t let looking appropriate for the office be one of them!

When it comes to makeup looks for the office it is always best to stay on the safe side. Wearing loads of makeup is definitely not the way to go! Try avoiding dark eye looks at all costs and stick to a more natural look. This means leaving the glitter eye shadow and false lashes for the weekend.

My go-to makeup look for the office consists of under six products. These include foundation, concealer, bronzer, mascara and lipstick. I very rarely wear eyeshadow or liner to the office. It may be helpful to have products that you can turn to in a pinch to re-create your own office look every morning. This way you don’t have to wake up much earlier to look great!

It’s definitely important to stick to natural colors that complement your features.  Blending your makeup is also extremely necessary. My absolute favorite foundation sponge is the (1) Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge. It makes makeup blend so smoothly into the skin to the point where it doesn’t even appear I am wearing any. It also helps to get a foundation that matches your skintone accurately.


Makeup isn’t the only thing to tone down when it comes to the office. Fragrance is another big one! Some workplaces don’t even allow you to wear it in case of allergies.

If you are able to wear perfume I suggest one that is not too heavy. I really like the (2) PINK line of body splashes from Victoria’s Secret. All of the scents smell great and they aren’t too strong. Plus, you can buy lotion and shower gel to match!

As a rule of thumb it is always best to stay conservative when it comes to the office. We work in a society where impressions of work ethic are based on appearance. Don’t let yourself be discounted for the way you look!

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About the Author

Gabrielle Bogan

Gabrielle holds a B.A. in Communications from University at Albany. She enjoys beauty and fashion, reading non-fiction books, and white wine. She aspires to be a motivational coach and speaker for young women to help them feel better in their own image.


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