Many of you may be doing summer internships this holiday. However, in this hot and humid weather, it can seem like a huge chore to even bother changing out of your PJs at all, let alone find a way to look presentable and professional in an office environment.
This week’s Get the Look features our model, Esther Adaze, in an outfit that is stylish, comfortable and suitable for the office. Her look is inspired by Inside Out, an imaginative, heart-warming story set inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley.
The bright, block colours and clean geometric lines used in the film lend themselves perfectly to this simple-but-chic look – and Esther’s dark green skirt and baby pink halter top prove that you don’t have to sacrifice colour to look smart. For an extra touch of sophistication, add a bold, navy blazer to your look.
The best make-up look for an office environment is clean, polished, and understated, so stick to neutral tones.
Subtle contouring and highlighting give Esther’s complexion a polished look. You can easily recreate this at home using shades that look natural on your skintone.
Swirl an angled brush in your contour powder (typically a soft cool-toned brown) and tap off the excess. With a light hand, draw a line from the middle of your ear towards your mouth, stopping just under the outer corner of your eye. Blend it in well to avoid harsh lines. For a more sculpted look, apply the contour powder along your hairline and beneath your jawline as well.
Next, apply a small amount of concealer under the eyes and blend well to give your face the illusion of a lift, helping you look more alert. Balance it with a soft pink or rosy blush over the apples of your cheeks, blending it upwards towards your ears.
On your eyes, blend a taupe eyeshadow, or a neutral shade that matches your skintone, all over your eyelids. Add a chocolate brown to the outer corners of your eye and blend into the neutral shade for some extra drama.
Finally, line your upper lashline, and coat your lashes with mascara to complete the look. For an even more “grown-up” look, fill in your brows as well.
It can be a challenge to manage your hair in the Hong Kong humidity, never mind keeping it perfect for an eight-hour day at the office. We tied Esther’s hair in a simple but sleek low ponytail – a look that does all the work so you don’t have to. For a little extra glamour and fun, however, leave a few strands of hair loose around you face and, if you like, curl them gently with a curling tong.
Clothes: Topshop and Cotton On
Make Up: Rhea Mogul
Hair: Esther Adaze
Photographer: Nicole Moraleda