You asked, and I deliver! In this post, you’ll learn a fast and easy look suitable for various occasions, and particularly appropriate to wear at work. I’m also including a variation of this basic look and overview of the tools you’ll need! Let’s get started!
I love makeup and it would be amazing for me to wear more elaborate looks for work. Unfortunately, I love sleeping more, and I would need to wake up an hour early to cater to my eccentric makeup tastes. No, thank you. So, the base look I’m doing today is what I do pretty much every day.
What you’ll need
The picture you see here is basically the contents of my makeup bag. Some of the actual products vary, but I don’t divert much from these items. I do skip steps here and there, depending on how lazy I feel that day.
- I usually keep 2 mascara so on rotation, therefore there is not a lot of variation here. I’m currently only using the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara since I recently ran out of my usual Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara
- My face product consists of either a primer or a foundation. I rarely do both. The primer I use more often is Benefit Porefessional, and in terms of foundation I used this MAKE UP FOR EVER one a lot! Sometimes, like in this occasion, I carry something in between like this Estee Lauder Enlighten Even Effect (E.E) Skintone Corrector.
- About 80% of the times the eyeliner you’ll find in my makeup bag is the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, typically in shade Demolition, but this ColourPop Crème Gel Liner in shade Brew-Haha is having a great run!
- Most of the lip shades I wear to work are nude / pink tones like this ColourPop Brink Lippie Stix pictured here or a classic MAC Lip Liner (Spice, Soar, and Dervish are favorites!)
- I was not a concealer fan until I started using the Smashbox High Definition Concealer and how it could easily work as “foundation” without looking too heavy. I’ve since discovered that the Maybelline Eye Eraser, and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer pictured here are also amazing for this purpose.
- My Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation never leaves my makeup bag! I only recently bought a new product to try out, so this one is a staple.
- Although I try to switch this one up with other bronzes and blushes in my collection, this NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna always finds a way back to my makeup bag.
- This Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio, much like the Hello Flawless powder, took up residence in my makeup bag and has never left (except to get cleaned up, of course!)
- Finally, there will always be a brow product in my bag. I typically favor pencil products, but on occasion will use shadows. Both Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Brows are staples, but I’m always trying new products of all budgets, like this Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer.
Step by Step
I applied the EE Cream all over my face using my fingers. This one definitely evens out the shade on my face with my neck, but the color is still very sheer.
I dabbed NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Ginger in the centre of my face, with special emphasis on the spots I’ve been developing lately. I quickly realised this shade is too dark combined with the EE Cream (works better on its own), but it’ll do for now. I blended with fingers this time, but I also often use the Mini Foundation Brush from my Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio.
For eyebrows I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Perfector I shade Medium Brown. I prefer the Brow Wiz, but this one is quite nice, too. This step is where I can take the longest, but that’s because I’m picky with my eyebrows. However, having nicely groomed eyebrows is what makes the look appearing more polished than it actually is.
Here’s where the multitasking aspect of these products comes to play: I use the Laguna bronzer from the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo as eyeshadow. It adds a lovely (and effortless) wash of color! I even blend the shade on my lids using the Mini Face Brush from the Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio.
This is the mascara I happen to be using these days, the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I usually don’t wear mascara on the days I have to go to physical therapy because no matter how powerful the mascara, it’ll smear all over my towel and face as I wipe away the sweat.
This is one the steps I rarely skip. And the blush makes such an incredible difference in my overall look! I was more enthusiastic about applying bronzer during the summer, of course, now, I apply a small amount and layer with blush. I used the same Mini Face Brush I used for my eyes to apply both products.
Ahh, my Hello Flawless is another step I simply cannot skip. I seal the concealer by pressing the powder with a sponge and then buff with a Real Techniques brush, focusing more on the center of my face.
I tend to forget lipstick because I drink a coffee on my way to work and always think I’ll lose the color anyway and might as well apply it later and then I never do. But occasionally I do remember!
And this is the finished look, compared to my bare, pimple-ridden face
Intensifying the look
You probably noticed an eyeliner in my tool description, but not in the step by step. That’s because I only use eyeliner when I want to intensify the look. I applied eyeliner on the outer v and then with the Mini Shader Brush from the Real Techniques Mini Brush Trio I smudge and blend until my hands are tired. It’s best to apply a little bit, blend, then add more if necessary. Fingers can help you blend, especially when dealing with products that set fast, like this ColourPop Crème Gel Liner. I also lined the top waterline.
Now that I see the final picture, I could’ve blended the shade more. But I heard no complaints from the people who saw me that day. So, it couldn’t have been that horrible in person!
Bonus: Makeup with Glasses!
If you wear glasses, you can totally wear this look. The key is to go crazy with the mascara coats and apply the technique with the eyeliner I explained before.
Fun Fact: These are not my glasses. I could not find mine (probably because I never wear them) and thus I grabbed my husband’s. All I could see was a giant blur where the camera was, so it’s a miracle this is a decent photo!
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