4 tips for a presentable appearance as a receptionist

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As a receptionist, a neat and presentable appearance is very important. After all, you are the first person the customer sees and greets. But what do you do when your skin starts to shine in the middle of the day, and how do you prevent flaky hands? In this article, I give you 4 tips for a presentable appearance as a receptionist.

4 tips for a presentable appearance as a receptionist
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Topwear and neckline

When you stand in front of the mirror in the morning, you see your entire outfit. But as a receptionist, chances are that almost no one will see this. In most cases, you sit behind a desk. Therefore, it’s especially important to focus on your topwear. In this case, it’s better to choose a neat blouse with a blazer rather than presentable pants. Go for pants that are comfortable and, for example, have some elastic in the waist.

Don’t forget that most people see you from above. When they enter, they walk while you are sitting. Therefore, it’s advisable to fasten an extra button when you wear a blouse. From the front, you might not show any cleavage, but from above, the chance is greater.



Jewelry is a good way to complete your outfit and literally provide a sparkling reception. However, it’s recommended not to wear too much jewelry. This can distract from what you are telling the customer or guest.

If you like wearing bracelets, make sure they don’t have too many charms. These can make noise or rub against something, like when opening your storage drawer or when you’re showing someone the way with your hands.


Well-groomed hands

Because your hands are very visible during work, it’s important to take good care of them. And this goes beyond occasionally washing your hands. Especially in winter, the skin of your hands and nails can become dry. To prevent this, I recommend always applying a good, nourishing hand cream before going to bed. Then apply a bit of cuticle oil to the skin around your nails. I’ve been doing this every night for years and have noticed that I rarely have dry spots on my hands. The advantage is that your nail polish looks much neater as well.

If this is not enough, you can also care for your hands in between. Make sure you buy a special hand cream and cuticle oil that absorb quickly for work. Nothing is more annoying than having to wait before you can continue working.



In addition to your hands, a well-groomed face is also very important. Do you have oily skin, and does your face get shiny quickly? Make sure to have blotting papers or oil control papers with you. These are thin papers that you can buy at the drugstore and use to remove excess sebum from your skin. The advantage is that you just need to press them on your skin without rubbing, so your makeup stays in place. If you don’t have these at hand but have a shiny face, use toilet paper. Again, gently press it against your skin without rubbing. It works less well than special papers, but it’s a good emergency solution.

Do you have dry spots on your face? Mix your day cream with a serum. Although a serum is nourishing for all skin types, it can make a big difference for dry skin. When you regularly give your skin extra care, you prevent it from drying out even more. And let’s be honest; a radiant smile looks even better when your skin looks great too.

What are your tips for a presentable appearance as a receptionist?



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