Spring Makeup Trends for the Office
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Work It1 of 17
By Emili Vesilind
Let’s face it, we’re not going to wear red eye shadow — one of spring’s runway trends — to the office. And we certainly don’t want to be known around the water cooler as “that lady with the pointy eyebrows." But there are plenty of catwalk-born beauty trends that can easily transition from the runway to the workplace, so don’t be afraid to rethink your game face this season.
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No, you don’t want to look like you spent the morning in a Finnish sauna, but fuchsia-hued blush gave the models in Michael Kors’s spring show a rugged, youthful look.
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This fuchsia-hued blush, if applied with a slightly lighter hand, can make you look like the most well-rested gal in the office.
Nude Attitude4 of 17
Few looks feel as polished as a face that appears makeup-free — and flawless. The models at Alexander Wang, for instance, sported lip balm, a smidgen of mascara and glowing skin.
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Focus on perfecting the skin’s texture with a dewy concealer and you’ll be conveying supreme confidence at that next board meeting.
Taupe Toppers6 of 17
Taupe, that middle-ground color between brown and gray, popped up everywhere on spring’s runways, and it’s a perfect hue for day, lending your lids subtle depth and definition.
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The sedate hue swathed the entire lid at Lanvin, while Christopher Kane showcased the color via a healthy swipe of liner on the upper lids. Either way, it's a workplace winner.
Metallic Moment8 of 17
When it comes to wearing shimmer at the office, less is definitely more. But that shouldn’t stop you from test-driving one of this season’s most vibrant makeup trends: pastel metallic eye shadow.
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The models at Prada boasted baby blue metallic lids that were definitely more desktop than disco. Use a light hand and keep your lip color nude (or soft pink), and expect compliments galore in the cafeteria.
Haute Pink10 of 17
The always-office-appropriate red lip has a rival this spring in the hot pink pout, a look that was made instantly iconic at the Jil Sander show.
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The key to pulling it off at work is turning down the volume on everything else — from hair and eye makeup to clothes and accessories. Let your perfectly lined lips do the talking.
Fringe Effect12 of 17
Lush, jet-black upper lashes, paired with perfectly bare lower lids, had a definite moment at Calvin Klein’s spring show.
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This pared-down look is a no-brainer for the office when teamed with a pink or natural-hued lip and rosy cheeks.
In the Flesh14 of 17
Yes, you can wear that tribal-print tunic to the office, but make sure your lip color isn’t competing with its acid bright tones. Enter the nude lip, a look that complemented Missoni’s Afro-inspired spring collection to a T.
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Off the runway, choose a flesh tone that’s at least one or two shades darker than your skin color to avoid the dreaded corpse look.
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Yellow eye shadow isn’t subtle. But if the hue skews more gold than canary — as it did at both Burberry Prorsum and Narciso Rodriguez — it’s a great way to add a little low-key flash to your workday beauty look.
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Just make sure to apply this more-gold-than-yellow shadow lightly to avoid looking like you just stepped out of the club.