Luckily, the dress code here at Tabs the Cat Industries, LLC allows for a certain degree of creative flexibility (on pre-approved days, of course). My boss barely bats an eye when I show up to work wearing false lashes and a cray-cray cut crease. In fact, he’s more apt to reprimand me for not taking chances enough with my makeup looks, and I think he’s gotten tired of seeing me with neutral eyes, cheeks and lips.
Sorry, sir, but I’ve been in a makeup rut. 🙁 I’m just waiting for it to run its course. Hopefully fall inspires me to attempt some more interesting looks.
In the years prior to working for Tabs, I worked in a lot of different office environments, some with very casual dress codes and others with a more conservative corporate atmosphere.
The last one was a small literary agency where the dress code was super casual (so casual that it was nonexistent, really). My boss was kind of a hippy-dippy, very natural chick whose idea of outrageous makeup was lip balm. At that office, I was definitely the outrageous one, and I went buck wild! Sometimes I’d show up with colorful blue eyeshadow for no better reason than, “Why not? It’s Tuesday!!”
Before that, I worked in a few law offices that were decidedly NOT outrageous when it came to makeup. Generally, the women wore very little to none, and if they did wear any, it was no-makeup makeup.
At one of the firms, there was one girl who occasionally rocked ’90s dark brown goth lips (and she WORKED ’em) a few cubicles down from me, but she was pushing the corporate envelope of outrageousness for that office!
Makeup-wise, those years were really, really boring for me. What I wouldn’t have given to see one of my co-workers come to work wearing a rainbow eye and sparkly purple lips. It would have made my day… Heck, my year!
How about you? How outrageous do people get with their makeup at your workplace?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,