Chic Confidence: Business-Ready Beauty

by Lise’ Badeaux

In the dynamic world of the workforce, things are always changing. Whether the first thing that comes to mind is technology or people, beauty standards are probably the most drastic for women. While projecting a polished and professional image is essential for success -especially for Gen Z who are navigating the beginning of their careers and internships- balance is key.

Striking perfection between stylish and business-appropriate makeup and hairstyles can be daunting, but with the right guidance, exuding confidence and professionalism in any professional setting can be achieved. The latest trends along with expert tips for achieving business-appropriate hair and makeup will help make a lasting impression in the corporate world.

When it comes to makeup, less is often more in a professional setting. Before makeup, dark circles can be the worst enemy, so start off with an easy eye gel such as the Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel from Good Molecules for only $6. It immediately erases under-eye bags and will rejuvenate the skin.

Next, opt for a natural, understated look that enhances your features without being overly distracting. The Brazen and Brunette blog advises choosing a tinted moisturizer to even out skin tone and create a flawless base while simultaneously making sure hydration is vital.

Conceal any blemishes with a creamy concealer and set everything in place with a translucent powder for a matte finish that lasts all day. However, if a glow is ideal, look for a setting spray that is the same brand as the tinted moisturizer chosen. Most makeup brands release the same line of products for both of these needs, such as ColourPop Cosmetics’ Pretty Fresh line.

Keep eye makeup simple with neutral eyeshadows in earthy tones, but feel free to add a little sparkle so as to not age up. Make sure to define the eyes with a thin line of brown or black eyeliner and a coat of mascara to make the lashes pop. Beauty on Location Studio recommends being careful as to not overdo it, though, since it can blur the lines of professionalism.

Finally, finish off the look with a subtle blush to add a touch of color to your cheeks and a complimenting lipstick or lip gloss for a polished appearance. To find the perfect shade, Maybelline suggests pinching the cheeks; whatever shade of pink appears is the proper shade to choose. This means that the blush chosen for the office should match the skin’s natural undertones.

Bobbi Brown, owner of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, gives one piece of advice: accentuate the features that boost confidence. A fan of freckles? Make sure they stand out! Want to highlight those cheekbones? Rock some highlighter to show them off! If it can bring a smile and style then it is worth celebrating.

When it comes to hairstyles, simplicity and sophistication are key. Opt for classic styles that are polished and put-together, yet still allow personal expression that can spark conversations.

For medium to long hair, a sleek and low ponytail or a chic bun is a timeless choice that’s perfect for the office. To achieve a sleek ponytail, brush your hair back and secure it at the nape of your neck with a hair tie, then smooth down any flyaways with a bit of hairspray or hair gel for a polished finish. Some brands such as Bumble & Bumble, MIZANI and COLOR WOW carry products that are perfect for perfecting this look. For a sophisticated bun, twist your hair into a neat bun at the back of your head and secure it with bobby pins, then spritz with hairspray to keep it in place all day.

If you prefer to wear your hair down, opt for soft waves or straight hair styled away from the face to create a sleek and professional look. If you want a classic curled look with minimal work, think about investing in a Beachwaver. Though this might seem like a TikTok scam product, the founder, Sarah Potempa, has won multiple beauty awards for the stunning contribution of her product.

For those with short hair, a sleek bob or pixie cut with some braids or slight waves added in is a stylish and professional choice that requires minimal styling. Keep hair neatly trimmed and styled with a bit of pomade or styling cream to add shine and texture and use a flat iron or round brush to smooth out any flyaways for a polished finish.

Alternatively, you can add a bit of volume and texture to your hair with a bit of volumizing mousse or texturizing spray for a more relaxed yet still professional look. You can also add volume following TiKToker Johanna Westbrook’s hack to an easy volumized look that can up any short hairstyle.

Mastering professional makeup and hairstyle hacks is all about striking the right balance between style and professionalism. By opting for understated and polished makeup looks and classic hairstyles that enhance natural beauty without being overly distracting, chic confidence can come easy in a professional setting. Remember to keep it simple, sophisticated, and true to personal style and a lasting impression in the corporate world is sure to follow


Lisé Badeaux is a junior studying Public Relations. She currently serves as the Beauty Editor. She enjoys reading, going on hot girl walks, and making people smile.