Second only to your eyes, your mouth is the central focus for communication. Lipstick is all about directing attention to the face, and in business – that’s where it should be.
Make-up in the business world has only two purposes: to make you look healthier and more vibrant, and to accentuate your best features. It is not about glamour or seduction. It should be remembered that the context is business – after hours is your affair.
When make-up is well applied, it enhances a woman’s professional image considerably. It says: polished, well groomed, and attention to detail.
Consistency is just as important. Even if make-up is applied well, if a woman is inconsistent with its use on a day to day basis, it suggests that she is indifferent, frivolous, and unstable.
Choosing the correct colour
Lip colour is the finishing touch to your make-up and should compliment your skin tone – and the clothes you wear (assuming they are also the correct best colours for you). If you are not sure, check in with a colour consultant to be sure. The session could also rescue you from the eternal black syndrome. If you are not in the habit of wearing lipstick, start with a more natural tone.
To get great looking lips, you need a lip pencil in a natural colour or similar shade to your lipstick and a lip brush to apply the colour.
The seven-step lipstick cure
Step 1: When applying your foundation, also apply over your lips, blot with a tissue and allow a moment to dry.
Step 2: Dust lightly with face powder
Step 3: Outline line your lips with the lip pencil starting with the cupids bow (the V in the centre top lip).
Step 4: Fill in entire lip area lightly with the lip pencil all over your lips before applying your lipstick. It helps your lipstick last much longer.
Step 5: Work the lipstick colour into your lip brush and apply, avoiding the lip-liner.
Step 6: Blot off excess lip colour with a tissue. This helps to ‘hold’ the colour and prevent smearing.
Step 7: Re-apply lipstick to achieve a gloss finish if you prefer this look.
And for those who have very thin lips, outline your lips just outside the natural line with the lip pencil. Use a brighter shade or a rich gloss to make lips appear fuller.
For those who wish to play down very full lips, pencil the lip-line just inside the natural lip line. Avoid glosses and very bright colours, and blot off any extra sheen.
Voila – there you have it!