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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.

Ex­cept when you’ve been through the wringer and want to look a lit­tle washed out so you can take an early minute. [email protected]­ver­

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