We all want to make a good impression at work. Whether you're interviewing for a new job or impressing your boss, it's important to be well-groomed and looking your best. But let's face it, sometimes we just don't have the time or energy to put into our appearance. Here are six quick and easy tips for keeping yourself looking polished and put together, even on those mornings when you're running behind.
1. Get a Good Night's Sleep
This one is non-negotiable. If you want to look fresh and well-rested, you need to get enough sleep. Shoot for 7-8 hours a night, and try to go to bed and wake up at around the same time each day. Your body will thank you, and so will your boss. You’ll also have more energy or the working day too.
2. Master the Hygiene Basics
If you want to look the part, you have to cover off the basics. This means keeping yourself clean, regularly applying antiperspirant or deodorant and taking good care of your teeth. For this, you’ll want to see your dentist regularly—and get hygienist cleans too. Both will help you to avoid bad breath—which is a huge no-no in the working world. The last thing you want is to be the one with body odor. Finishing off with a good perfume can help.
3. Invest in Quality Skincare Products
Caring for your skin should be a priority, especially if you want your makeup to look its best. Find a skincare routine that works for you and stick with it. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing morning and night will do wonders for your complexion. And don't forget the sunscreen!
4. Simplify your Makeup Routine
Less is more when it comes to makeup, especially if you're short on time in the mornings. Stick to the basics - foundation, concealer, mascara, lip balm - and save the rest for special occasions. A few swipes of mascara and some lip balm can go a long way in making you look awake and polished.
5. Get a Haircut or Style That is Easy to Maintain
If you don't have time for daily hair styling, get a cut that looks great without much effort. Ask your stylist for a style that is easy to blow dry or wear natural - something that will still look good even on days when you don't have time to do much with it. This will really help to boost your confidence too.
6. Wear Clothes That are Comfortable and Flattering
You'll be more likely to feel confident and put-together if you're wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself. Find a style that is both comfortable and flattering, and stick with it. If you feel good in what you're wearing, it will show in your attitude and demeanor at work. Creating a capsule wardrobe for work can help so that you have pieces you know and love to rotate regularly.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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