Friday, April 25, 2014

Business Formal Makeup

So tomorrow I have my Capping presentation for school, which is basically something each senior student needs to do for their major in order to graduate. For Fashion Merchandising, we are placed into groups and given a brand that we're tasked with planning new stores for, or creating a product development line, etc. Over the course of the semester we put together a huge paper (ours is about 50 pages) and then must present a 20 minute presentation (and 10 minute Q&A) in front of all the capping professors, students, and industry partners for whom we've done our presentations on. While I was truly, truly blessed by being put in a group with two girls who are absolutely awesome and were so fun and easy to work with, I would be lying if I said I wasn't still super nervous to be presenting tomorrow. I'm not great at public speaking, and while I feel we've prepared a great presentation I'm definitely starting to feel the nervous jitters already.
Anyways, I could go on and on about my nerves but the main point of this post is that the presentations are "business formal" attire, which made me think about what makeup best suits a business formal atmosphere. I'm at the age now where everyone is looking for a job, and with that comes the inevitable interviews. At this point in my college years I've seen plenty of examples of outfits for business interviews, but I feel like no one ever really touches on what kind of makeup is appropriate.
Now, this look is absolutely my own liberal interpretation, and I truly think that your makeup look will depend on where you're interviewing, the season, etc. So this makeup look that I've done is simply what I do when interviewing during these warmer months. I personally believe that for interviews and business formal atmospheres a more minimal makeup look is appropriate. Again, this might depend on where you're interviewing, but I have always felt that an interview is not the right time to experiment with a new makeup trend. So I always try and keep my makeup to a minimum, trying to keep it simple but pretty.
I started out my look with the NARS Tinted Moisturizer, my favorite trusty base. This is one part that will definitely change depending on the season/the status of my skin. Right now my skin is relatively clear and I feel the NARS TM gets the job done, but if my skin were experiencing a few more blemishes I would probably have gone for the Clinique CC Cream for a bit more coverage while still looking natural. Next up, I used my Origins Quick, Hide! Concealer to cover up any blemishes, as well as for covering up my dark circles. This stuff always gets the job done without looking too cakey, which is definitely a plus for a minimal makeup look.
After concealing, I very lightly lined my top lid with a brown Bobbi Brown (hehe) eyeshadow. I usually would add more, but for this simple look I didn't want to overdo it. After this I used a little bit of my new Clarins Brush On Perfector underneath my eyes, to highlight and make me look a little more awake. On a side note, this stuff is fantastic at providing a light coverage and really bringing your face to life. It's very much like the YSL Touche Elcat, but a little less expensive which I can't complain about!
After the Brush On Perfector, I finished off my eyes with my Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara, which lengthens my lashes without looking too overdone. I topped off the look with a little bit of my Bobbi Brown Blush in Bellini for my cheeks, and my Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon for my lips. After that, I sprayed my face with the incredible Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray and I was done! A very simple, minimalist look but I find it works to make you look like you've put effort into your look without looking too made up.
As I've said, I really do believe the business formal look is up to your own interpretation, but this is just what I personally find works best for me. I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on their own business formal makeup!


  1. This is such a lovely natural look and I love that lip colour. Can I just say as well you have stunning eyes :)

    Hannah xxx

    1. I'm a sucker for simple looks, but I also always prefer to wear a more natural look for business type situations. And thank you so much lovely, you just made my day!


  2. You look lovely.... Very natural! Cute blog by the way! This is me --->> would be grateful for a follow ...thanks xx

    1. Aw thanks so much, I really appreciate that! Just followed you back :)


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