24 Aug 3 Hair Styles and a Makeup Look You Can Wear to the Office
Reading time: 5 minutes
It’s no secret a hair and makeup look can play a big role in a woman’s everyday life. On this blog, it’s not something I cover because as much as I love beauty, it’s not the domain I’m most familiar with.
Today, I bring you a special blog post in collaboration with my friend Amy (AGBEAUTY) to teach us a super easy hair and makeup look for the office.
Amy is one of my oldest friends and she knows a lot about beauty as she is a certified makeup artist and in the process of getting her hairdressing certificate.
I went over to her house one afternoon and we had a lovely chat about all things hair, makeup and skin care. Keep reading to check out an awesome hair and makeup look for elegant young professionals!
The Makeup Look
AZ: Tell me about your skin care routine.
AG: The most important part of any makeup look is your skin care routine. I like to exfoliate twice a week with a gentle exfoliator to remove any dirt on the skin and to make it really smooth. After that, I put on toner with rose water from the health food store that is all natural. I then go in with a serum, an eye cream and a face cream.
The serum gets into your skin more and although I have oily skin, I still like using hydrating products because hydration is what prevents wrinkles.
Regarding your toner, make sure the ingredients at the back don’t include alcohol. That is what’s going to dry your skin as opposed to hydrate it. That’s why I get the one from the health food store because it’s the only one that doesn’t dry out my skin.
(Pro tip: use a white or nude eyeliner in your water line to open up your eyes.)
AZ: Let’s break down the face makeup.
AG: After the skin care, depending on your skin type, I like to go in with a primer. I’m using a Smashbox primer around my T-zone and then on my cheeks, nose and chin I put on an illuminating primer to brighten it up and to avoid looking like I have a greasy face.
Once primer is done, I like to use my beauty blender with my IT cosmetics CC cream. It’s less heavy than a foundation so it doesn’t look like you’re super caked up. It’s also SPF 50, which I like because I don’t have to put on a extra layer of sunscreen.
For concealer, I like wearing the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye because you literally just need a dot and it covers everything.
Over the CC cream and the concealer I like to wear the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder to set my face and prevent any creasing under the eyes, especially because I have oily skin. After that, I like to bronze. For work, I like to bronze in a way that’s between a contour and a bronze because it’s less harsh, but I still get definition.
I actually love the Morphe brushes because they’re good and they pick up product well. I take a cool tone mate bronzer to carve out my face a little bit and then I take a mate warmer tone bronzer to blend it in for more of a glow.
Blush & Bronzer
Both bronzers are from the KKW Beauty Bronzing Palette: Contour and Highlight Kit in Light. I do like highlighter as well, but for work I wear a more natural one like the Essence Pure Highlighter. I apply it with a fan brush on the tops of my cheekbones super lightly.
For blush, if you don’t have a natural red tint, then I like to apply Party from Tarte. It’s more of a cool tone blush that I apply lightly with a stifling brush between the contour and the highlighter. I start at the hairline and work it down to avoid having too much product on the cheek.
As for brows, I like wearing the original Anastasia Brow Wiz or the Sephora Retractable Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown because it’s similar and less expensive. I top off the brows with my Anastasia brow gel to hold the hairs in place.
(Pro tip: use coconut oil to remove waterproof mascara!)
AZ: Let’s talk about the eye look.
AG: For the office, it’s best to keep the eyes neutral. You can play with earthy tones and soft colors as well. If you have brown eyes for example, you can use a dark purple or an eggplant eye shadow as an eye liner to make your eyes pop without the color being overwhelming.
You can even use your bronzer as your eye shadow if you’re in a rush. Eye shadows from the same palette also always look good together because they were designed to.
You really only need one complete eye shadow palette and you’re good. It’s also worth buying a quality palette from Sephora because the blending is nicer and the feel of the shadows are far better than those from the drugstore.
I’m using the shadows from the Tartelette palette and blending in a dark brown in the crease (dreamer), followed by a lighter purple shade (power player) all over the lid, up to the brown in the crease. I then take a clean brush to blend all the shadows together and to buff out any harsh lines.
I also like to apply a line with the shadow as opposed to an eye liner to make it look less harsh and more natural. I’m taking a dark brown with an angled brush and diffusing it into my top lash line to make my lashes look thicker. To finish the look, I like to wear the L’Oreal Voluminous Original mascara or the L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara.
I gently stroke the brush from the bottom of the lash line to the top of the lashes until my lashes are fully coated.
(Pro tip: if you get mascara on your eyelid, let it dry. It’s easier to remove with a cotton swab)
Hair Style Number One
This first hairstyle is perfect for someone who’s in a rush because it doesn’t take much time to style. A half up, half down hairdo also looks put together and nice for the office.
Amy simply took the two front sections of her hair and tied them in the back of her head to create that half up, half down look. She then twisted the half ponytail inwards to create almost like a twisted crown around her head.
She finished the look off by curling the sections on the sides of her face with a curling iron.
Hair Style Number Two
In this second hairstyle, Amy went for a classic bun. When you’re at work concentrating on a project or speaking to clients, the last thing you want is for your hair to be in your way.
She started the look by creating a ponytail that she then wrapped around her elastic into a full bun and secured with multiple bobby pins.
She finished off the look by curling the front pieces once again to give her hairstyle movement, but also to frame her face.
Hair Style Number Three
This last hairstyle is a high ponytail with a curly bounce. Amy sleeked all her hair back into a high pony and curled each section of her ponytail one at a time to give it character and appear as though she put more effort into her look.
She finished off the look by wrapping a strand of hair to hide the elastic and securing it in place with a bobby pin.
She then added hairspray to keep the curls from falling and to tuck away any small flyaway hairs.
RELATED: WORK OUTFIT IDEAS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
It’s not too hard getting a hair and makeup look in order for work. It’s just a matter of knowing how to apply the right makeup and how to recreate those super easy, chic hairstyles.
Hope you enjoyed the blog post! Let me know in the comments which one of Amy’s hair and makeup look was your favorite 🙂
LLEGANCE uses affiliate links.