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Beauty at Work....Work Place Makeup and Beauty

October 2010 Issue of Essence magazine
This month's Essence article featured a great article on "Beauty on the Job" on pages 54-56. Everyone wants to look good at work but still maintain a professional, polished and natural appearance. Overdone and sometimes bold and colorful makeup can look out of place and unprofessional at work, so if you're like me wondering how to wear your makeup and still look professional this article is a must read. 

Keep in mind this article is for those who have a more conservative workplace. If your work environment is more laid back and doesn't mind bold makeup then by all means, EXPERIMENT! 

The tips and suggestions from this article are from Ashunta Sheriff, celebrity makeup artist.

1. Color in the workplace can be applied, just make sure to emphasize 1 feature so the color isn't overpowered.  For your eyes you can wear any color but instead of applying color to the entire lid maybe try a color close to the lash line on top, bottom and both lash lines.  If you choose to wear color on the eyes try a nude lip. If you would like to wear a colorful lip then keep the eyes neutral. Balance is the key.

2. Blush is great to use to brighten your face and it adds dimension to your face. On fair skin, apricot and peach colors look awesome. For medium skin, copper and orange blush complements your skin and for dark skin, bronze and copper blushes always look good.

3. Always remember to keep your hair looking polished and together by using hair sheen and holding spray.

When in doubt about colors, browns and pinks compliment every skin tone. For woc (women of color) coppers, golds and plums look good on our skin and still come off as a looking natural. 

As always- mascara to open your eyes and lip gloss to add color looks wonders on any woman and face. 

Other great tips from the article...

1. Don't overdo it. "If you're makeup becomes a mask, it takes away from who you are and your performance. Use (makeup) to accentuate your features, not draw on a face." Stephany Greene of the Politics and Style blog on

2. Strive for balance. " If you have a dominant personality, balance it by wearing neutrals and soft makeup. If you're reserved, help yourself stand out by adding some bold color." Melissa D. Johnson, Atlanta author of Brand Me Minute blog.

3. Nail' em.  "Raggedy cuticles and nails are a no-no. Cleanliness is more important than color. Keep the length manageable and go for a shade that won't clash with the majority of your wardrobe-or image." Essence magazine

For more "Beauty at Work" tips and product recommendations check out this month's issue of Essence magazine.


Picture from Fashions with
Article and references from Essence magazine and Ashunta Sheriff


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