Young women of today face the challenge of choosing a professional casual makeup, hairstyle and outfit that does not focus on their looks but to allow their talents and skills to shine through. When it comes to workplace appropriate makeup, less is more. While not putting on makeup is terrible – it reflects negatively on your image, too much makeup makes you look unprofessional.

A woman’s image at the workplace should reflect her professional achievements. That is why looking competent and confident is imperative for a woman, especially if she is of certain social status in the company.

What is work appropriate makeup?

Work appropriate makeup means that your makeup highlights your professionalism and make you appear to be competent and confident. It reflects your achievements in your chosen industry and helps others to recognize you for your talents and skills, not your looks.

Work appropriate makeup usually comprises of nude makeup routines and colors that highlight the natural tones of your face so that you look alert and bright. It also helps to hide your flaws and make you look good at the workplace.

If you have difficulties in choosing your daily work makeup routine, let us show you some tips


1.Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Your eyeshadow colour must not be brightly-coloured as it will become an instant distraction. Opt for a golden sheen or a light brown tone for a nude look. If you need your eyeshadow to brighten up the eyes, choose a neutral colour that comes with shimmer. That will help you to look bright and natural. The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette comes with 12 beautiful rose-hues neutrals that go from pale, shimmery pink to deep black with red micro glitter. It is perfect for both office and party!

Available: Sephora
Price: $83

2. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Eyeshadow Palette

The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette takes on ten complementing shades in a variety of matte and shimmering hues to help you find the right colours for any occasions. From light, dusky pinks and nudes to smoky shades of purple, you will have plenty to choose from when going to work and going for a party.

Available: Guardian and Watsons Stores; Online Stores
Price: $27.50

3.Benefit Benetint

One of the best cosmetics that you can buy is one that allows duel usage. The Benefit Benetint is a lip and cheek stain that gives you an innocent glow to complement your looks. It is kiss-proof and smudge-proof, giving you the extra security that you need. It is also lasting which means that you do not need to do touch up so often. Your colleagues might even think that the glow is your natural look!

Available: Sephora
Price: $21

4. Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Georgie Girl

This amazing lipstick is formulated with seaberry (which is an antioxidant) and cocoa butter to help keep your lips moisturised all day long. It claims to last up to 10 hours and is stain-proof. The natural colour of this lipstick also means that your lips look healthy, moisturised and natural.

Available: Sephora
Price: $42

5. IT Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

CC cream can be a pain for those with a medium to dark skin tone as their shades are usually in two or three colours. We found a saviour in It Cosmetics – Your Skin But Better CC Cream which blends in so well with a darker skin tone that we hope to use it forever!

Available: Sephora
Price: $62

6.Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream

When it comes to BB cream, the choice is clear that you need something that is matte to keep your skin smooth and natural-looking. Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream is one of their bestsellers and provides you with a smooth and matte look that you need at the office. Besides, they used ingredients that are natural and do not darken your skin with long-term usage.

Available: Etude House
Price: $25.90

It is noteworthy to mention that Korean makeups are suitable for skin tones in Singapore. Most Singaporean women can use Korean makeup to make them look natural and glowing. If you have yet to try any Korean makeup, you should start exploring by heading to Etude House to try their Precious Mineral BB Cream mentioned above.