9 Fashion and Beauty Tips for Office Parties
Here’s how to make a smooth transition from work to party mode and make a memorable impact.
-Lois Joy Johnson
The holidays are here, and this means that it’s the serious party season for working women. This year it’s all about networking, securing your job or getting a new one. Don’t be surprised to find last-minute evites in your inbox. And just in case you do, it’s good to be prepared. Read on for some handy style tips for going from the computer to cocktails:
1. Anticipate bad lighting at corporate cocktail parties. These big bashes are held in places where there are almost always overly bright lights that make everyone look shorter, fatter and shinier in post-party photos. Prepare with a matte powder foundation or pat a matte primer over your daytime makeup (paying special attention to the T-zone) before heading out. Trade your usual lip gloss and highlighter creams for lipstick in a luscious color and pinky powder blush. Slip on a body shaper and heels too.
Jennie Garth has the P.M. look down pat.
2. Go overboard for small dinner parties and fancy restaurants. Softer lighting in these situations is flattering, but can make your makeup look washed out. Add extra definition with eyeliner, two coats of thickening mascara, shimmery shadows to catch the light and play down your lips with a natural or nude color. Pull your hair back in a ponytail or twist it up for a quick change and throw on a sequined tank or cardigan for a fun and flirty look. All the emphasis should be from the waist up… because it’s all tabletop.
Natalie Portman shines at night.
3. Opt for the opposite. It’s all about contrast when you want to be fashionable without looking like a fashion victim. Try pairing a decorative skirt with a simple fitted top or vice versa. The result is simple yet glamorous.
Eva Mendes pairs a tailored blouse with a ruffled skirt.