Dramatic smoky eyes and glossy purple lips don’t really have a place at the office (well, unless your office is a nightclub). Here’s what does: flushed cheeks, rose-gold eyes, and bright lips. So loosen up, lean in a little, and discover more unexpected shades to get you through the daily grind.
Forget everything we’ve told you in the past about finding the perfect foundation for your skin tone. Well, between the hours of nine and five, at least. Fluorescent office lighting tends to lend a greenish cast to your complexion, but you can beat it by wearing a foundation shade that’s a half shade darker than your skin, says makeup artist Susan Giordano. Crazy? Yes. But it works—so say three of our best-complected staffers. Choose a medium-coverage formula (we likeMaybelline New York Fit Me! Foundation), since it evens out skin without looking streaky or cakey.
BEIGE EYE SHADOW IS A SNOOZEFEST. YOU KNOW WHAT’S NOT? ROSE-GOLD. IT’S STILL A NEUTRAL, BUT A PINK TINGE AND HINT OF SHIMMER BOOSTS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE OFFICE UNIFORMS. TRY BRUSHING ONE OF THE SHADES FROM THE URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 EYE-SHADOW PALETTE (IT’S ONE OF OUR FAVORITES) OVER YOUR LIDS, AND FINISH WITH A DARK BROWN PENCIL AND BLACK MASCARA.
REDDISH POPPY BLUSH
DARK COMPLEXIONS SHOULD ADD THIS SATURATED HUE TO THEIR WEEKLY AGENDA: THE DEEP POPPY-RED IMPARTS A GORGEOUS ROSY GLOW THAT LEAVES SKIN LOOKING FRESH AND HEALTHY. TRYMARY KAY CREAM BLUSH IN CRANBERRY; ITS CREAMY FORMULA WON’T QUIT ALL DAY.
A QUICK WAY TO LOOK POLISHED: ADD A JOLT OF BRIGHT RED AND KEEP THE REST OF YOUR MAKEUP SIMPLE. WET N WILD LIP COLOR IN STOPLIGHT RED IS ONE OF OUR GO-TOS—IT’S CREAMY AND MATTE, AND BECAUSE IT’S A BLUE-BASED RED, IT FLATTERS EVEN THE FAIREST COMPLEXIONS. IT’S VIBRANT BUT NOT SHOCKING, SO IT WON’T LOOK RADIOACTIVE UNDER THOSE UNFLATTERING FLUORESCENT BULBS.
FOR DAYS YOU’D RATHER NOT GO BOLD, GET OUT THE DOOR FAST WITH A ROSY STAIN. PAT IT ON WITH YOUR FINGERS, PAIR IT WITH JUST A LITTLE LINER AND MASCARA, AND YOU’LL QUICKLY LOOK PULLED TOGETHER. WE LIKE VINCENT LONGO LIP AND CHEEK STAIN IN LIQUID KISS