How do you decide whether a look is "appropriate" for an occasion?

If I’m ever concerned, less tends to be more appropriate, and then more muted/subdued colors to follow.

— Christine


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Sarah Avatar

I don’t. Because I don’t go out. Which sounds sad, doesn’t it? But I just have work and home, I don’t get invitations to go to events or anything like that, so I never have to dress for them.

For a job interview, I would opt for a more natural look. Neutral eye, neutral lip, a light dusting of blush. If a situation dictates a more subdued look, I can produce one. I guess a good rule of thumb for me is if it’s a situation where many heads of business will be there, I’ll wear a more subdued look. Otherwise it’s a free for all.

Ana Maria Avatar

I just use my common sense. Usually when it’s a new environment / situation, I will lean on a more classic neutral look. For example, if I go to a new workplace, I will wear a my lips but better lipstick and brown eyeshadows for a few weeks, before going to my “I can wear MAC Diva everyday” mode.😅

Otherwise, I just think of the context, who else is there. If I go to an evening opera or symphonic concert (which I hope at least I’ll get to experience again in the winter) I would just go full glam. If I go to a matinee, I would tone it down, not just because of the hours, but also because it’s more appropriate given that more elderly people or families with small children might attend.

AJ Avatar

I feel like the only situations where I’d be concerned about my makeup being “appropriate” would be funerals and job interviews! For those situations I go with a more neutral look — maybe with a pop of color if it’s an interview at a “fun” or stylish company. Anything else, I wear however much and whatever kind of makeup suits my mood.

Rebel Avatar

I used to be concerned about “appropriateness”…. But as I’ve gotten older and more radicalized, I no longer care what others think of what I put on my face – it’s my face, not theirs, and their thoughts about me are none of my business.

Neutrals are my go-to everyday look, simply because they are quick and easy to apply and really go with everything since I’m usually in a rush. However, if I have some extra time or I’m feeling creative, I’ll do a big blown out colorful look, regardless of what the occasion is.

CeeBee Avatar

Uhhhh, I have never really considered that my makeup might potentially be inappropriate so… never?

I mean, I save my glitter eyeshadow for nights out (or lazy afternoons on the couch with my cat, heh) or parties instead of job interviews and I always wear waterproof mascara to weddings and funerals but other then that, I don’t really think about it too much.

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