THE MAKE-UP OR BREAK-UP RULES FOR PUTTING ON YOUR BEST FACE
wear lippy – the customers like it.” Being groomed for success meant being groomed at all times when I got my first job as a checkout chick back in the ’80s. And the advice to wear lipstick has stuck. Even if the rest of my work day make-up has worn off and I’m feeling worn out, I can always get on with the job of re-applying my lipstick.
Which is why I felt sad for British cleaner Francine Siddaway who was recently sacked because she refused to tone down her make-up. “My make-up is my armour – it makes me feel confident,” she said. My sadness ended when I got an eyeful of her Egyptianlook eye make-up which was working against her and making her look sad.
Cleopatra gone wrong, it just wasn’t right for any workplace except the set of a re-make of the 1963 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, above.
So, how can you make your work make-up work for you?
To save face, use a primer like Napoleon Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer. This really will make your make-up last, but, if the ’80s features on your CV, try Clarins Beauty Flash Balm which has an instant-firming effect and can also be used as a treatment mask.
However, mask-like make-up is to be avoided, so choose a liquid foundation because pancake will cake by morning tea. Choose brown rather than black mascara and eyeliner worn with a neutral eye shadow like Nars Lhasa – a taupe with a subtle sheen – and a semi-matte lipstick in a shade similar to your lip colour unless you want to be re-applying it every half hour. The aim is to look like the best version of your natural self – so always wear blush for a healthy glow.
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