Thursday, March 22, 2012

Add a little spring to your work makeup routine!

If you’re like me and work in an office environment full-time, you have to keep your look “professional.”  That goes for everything: your wardrobe, your hair (even though personally I’ve had feather extensions and dyed the tips of my hair rainbow colors…I know it’s not really “professional”), and of course your makeup!  This can be a total bummer especially during the spring and summer when makeup brands are putting out tons of fun colors! Hot pinks, corals, purples, oranges, teals, blues, greens… they’re just too fun and pretty to skip because we have to keep it boring…I mean professional at work.  With that being said, lets be for real: we can’t wear fluorescent shadows and bold orange lips to the office.   We have to keep it classy and put together, BUT it doesn’t have to be all neutrals.  Here’s how we’ll pull it off…

Exciting Eyeliners

Here I'm wearing Minted Eye Kohl by MAC
-The trick to pulling of exciting eyeliner for work is to pair it with neutral eyeshadows. Keep the eyes basically nude with a little definition in the crease and line the lashes with the fun color.  Make sure the eyeliner is thin and not winged out too far on the sides.  No Amy Winehouse-ing it with the purple eyeliner for work—that doesn’t work.
-Another option would be to keep your black liner on top and put the spring colored eyeliner under the eyes on the lower lash line or in the water line! I love a bronzy lid color with a pop of teal or blue underneath!  It’s so pretty!  Again, don’t bring the color down too far or it will lose its appropriate-ness.
-Fun colors to try: greens, blues, teals, purples, and golds!

Bright Eyeshadows
Fun hot purple eyes toned down with a light brown in the crease.
I used a Yaby eyeshadow in Purple Elephant (ES015)
See!  Still professional! 
-If you want to use a pastel colors like pinks or lavenders, try using a light wash of it all over the lid and blending up and out into the crease.  It will be a hint of color without being too “in your face.”  Finish with a black or brown liner and mascara and your good to go!
-For brighter colors stick to the lid only.  Never go above the crease, otherwise you’ll look like you’re going to a club instead of your cubicle.
-Using and angled liner brush you can also use your brighter spring and summer shadows as an eyeliner!  Follow the same rules above in the “Exciting Eyeliners” section and it will be perfect! (To get the biggest color punch from your shadows, press them over a white eyeliner or an eyeliner in a similar shade.)
-To tone down a bright lid colors use a light brown shade to contour the crease and to apply on the outside corner of the eyes, blending inwards. This will keep the bright shadow work appropriate with no worries.
-Fun colors to try: oranges, pinks, purples, blues, greens

Brilliant Blushes
I mixed MAC's Pink Swoon and Peaches
and added the By Candlelight as a highlight
-Rosy cheeks are definitely in for spring! Nothing brightens up your face and makes you look fresher and more awake.  Not to mention younger!
-If you’re wearing a simple eye look (like I usually do for work, because I’m too lazy in the mornings), go for a little heavier/brighter blush then you would normally wear.  Starting at the apples of the cheeks and sweeping back to the hair line.
-If you’re sporting colored eyeliner or eyeshadow that day, mix your blushes by contour your cheeks with a blush like Harmony by MAC or your bronzer, then apply your favorite spring blush on the apples of your cheeks only.  This will give your cheeks a little color without competing with the eyes.
-Add a highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones!  It will give the cheeks a fresh, spring morning glow.
-Fun colors to try: Hot pinks, peaches, corals, and even bright purple-pinks!

Lively Lipsticks
Here I'm wearing Full Speed by MAC
-This is the time of year when lipsticks really becomes fun!  I think wearing a spring color on the lips is the easiest and safest way to bring spring into the work place.  Not to mention, it takes the least amount of time in the mornings to apply—SCORE!
- Wearing a pop of color on the lips while keeping everything else clean and fairly neutral looks so classy to me!  Plus, I think it’s definitely work appropriate!  My favorite way to wear it is with very groomed brows, black eyeliner with a little flick on the outside, and a bright lipstick of your choice.  It’s a classic!
-Create a stain with your lip liner by lining and filling in the lips.  Then apply the lipstick and blot.  Reapply the lipstick and blot again.  This will keep the lipstick in place for hours!
-For really bright shades, press the lipsticks in to the lips with your finger instead of applying it straight from the bullet.  This will tone down the shade and make it look more like tint instead of full coverage lipstick.  This trick can make any shade work appropriate in seconds!
-If you have a favorite lip liner and you can’t seem to find the perfect shade of lipstick to match, no problem!  Fill in your lips with the liner and apply your favorite colorless chapstick to moisturize the lips and add a little bit of shine!
-Fun colors to try: Lip colors seem to follow the blush shades: hot pinks, peaches, corals, purple-pinks, and oranges!

I hope these tips and tricks will help you feel comfortable adding a little spring to your work makeup routine!  Besides, if you’re going to spend the money on some fun new makeup shades this season, you might as well use them as often as possible, right?!  Spring colors aren’t just for nights and weekends anymore! Whooohooo!

For the love of beauty and spring,
…Casey B

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