Looking professional at work will help others take you seriously. Unfortunately, for many women, applying makeup for work situations is a struggle. Once you learn how to do it, the process is not difficult. Follow the steps below to get started.

Things You'll Need

Apply Makeup for Work

First, apply sunscreen. This is important, no matter how cloudy or rainy it may be.

Even out your skin tone using a foundation that matches your natural color. You may need to apply concealer to cover blemishes missed by the foundation.

Apply bronzer to your cheeks, temples, chin, nose and anywhere else that is naturally kissed by the sun.

Use a blush the color of your natural flushed color and apply it using a large brush and a sweeping motion on the apples of your cheeks.

Line your eyes using a soft pencil or eye shadow. Try colors matching your hair instead of harsher blacks that may look better in the evening.

Define your brows if necessary using a pencil the same color as your natural hair.

Use a highlighting color on your brow bone and at the tear ducts.

Sweep a warm, neutral shadow across your eyelids to compliment the natural color of your eyes.

Apply brown or black mascara and curl your lashes if necessary.

Use a sheer color on your lips that is one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. For many women, a gloss provides more than enough color.


  • Use powder to set your makeup if you have oily skin.

  • Higher quality products may be more expensive, but they often provide better results.