Work Beautifully

The newest makeup trends — berry lips, daytime smoky eyes, pink cheeks — translated for the office


Pink Cheeks

“You want to look alive at work!” says Chantecaille makeup artist Ernesto Alvarado, who recommends picking a blush color that matches the pinkness on the palm of your hand. To apply: “brush up toward the hairline, never down.”

Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée blush in Tease, $40;

Paul & Joe Cheek Color in Re-Belle, $18;

Anna Sui Limited Edition Rose Face Powder, $36;

Laura Geller Baked Blush N Brighten in Tropic Hues, $23.50;

TIP: Most women don’t wear enough blush. When you brush it on, your skin gets red from contact. But in five minutes, that color fades. So use slightly more than you think you need.

Berry Lips

For lips, “go with something on the sheer side that accentuates your complexion and emulates your natural lip color,” says Alvarado. “Then apply to the center of the mouth and smear outward, creating a kind of stain.”

Tom Ford Naivete Lip Gloss, $45;

Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunkiest Chili, $16;

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color in Envoûtante, $34;

Chantecaille Lip Chic lipstick in Nocturne, $35;

TIP: If you’re worried about having lipstick on your teeth during a presentation, go old school — right beforehand, put your finger under your lips and pull out. Don’t blot with a tissue — that will just take away the moisture.

Smoky Eyes

“People think smoky eyes are more rock ’n’ roll, but that’s not true — it just means the color is smudged,” says Alvarado. For an office-appropriate take, “a taupe is always elegant — something a few shades darker than your skin.”

Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof liner in Brilliant Taupe, $25.50;

Physicians Formula Warm Nude Eyes palette, $10.95;

Stila Smudge Pot in Bronze, $20;

M.A.C. Après Chic Mineralize Eye Shadow in Ice, $21;

TIP: For a daytime smoky eye, use the darkest shadow only where you can feel the eyeball under the brush. The color should go from the base of the lashes to lightly above the crease. Then use a highlighter on the brow bone.


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