We dedicate a whole lot of time to sourcing work outfit inspiration here at Who What Wear. After all, the sartorial choices we make at the office can carry a lot of weight. The booties, blazers, and blouses we wear are all part of the stories each of us gets to tell every day and, similarly, the makeup looks we choose to wear can speak volumes, too.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how to express yourself daily and still remain in compliance with your company’s guidelines. “If you’re working in a place that’s really conservative and actually has a dress code in place (yes, some companies do), you might not have many creative opportunities in the makeup department,” says Who What Wear VP of People Brandon Chreene. “If that’s not great for you, maybe you’re not working in the right place, because that might also be reflective of other aspects of the business that are also limiting to your personal style.”
I’ve been lucky enough to spend the bulk of my career working in the fashion and beauty space, where my hair, makeup, and nail choices haven’t been stifled, so I value the feedback of those who bring different life experience to the mix. Much like Chreene, who holds down a much more corporate side of our fashion- and beauty-forward atmosphere, my mom spent more than 30 years in a buttoned-up work environment where the dress code called for business attire. I figured if there were any makeup looks all three of us could unanimously agree on, then those looks must really be winners.
Ahead, check out the nine work makeup options my mom, one of my company’s VPs, and I all love. Be sure you save your favorites and shop the exact products you’ll need to create them yourself.