Since I’ve started working full time, I’ve found myself reaching for similar products in the mornings. I don’t have that much time, and to be honest I don’t help myself by getting up as late as possible. This all means that I want a quick, easy make up look which doesn’t take an age but which also makes me look vaguely human at 7am. So here’s a speedy and simple make up look which is perfect for work, and for wearing every day.
I start with a light base, either a tinted moisturiser or my trusty Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (which is a tinted gel hydrating thing). This provides a light coverage, smoothing over redness and similar, but isn’t too heavy. When I’m wearing make up every day, this is something I really value, as I want my skin to still be able to breathe. I also don’t want a thick layer caked on my face because I don’t think that looks good on anyone!
I then do a quick dab of concealer, mostly just under the eyes. For this, I’ve taken to almost solely using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage concealer (phew!). All of my other good concealers seem to be the wrong shade for me at the moment, and so they need a bit of extra work to get them looking right, which I just don’t have time for. I quickly set everywhere I’ve put concealer with the Kiko Soft Light powder, which is just the least cakey powder I seem to own right now.
Next, I do eyeshadow. You make think that for a quick make up look, eyeshadow is a bit time wasting, but seeing as I’m horrific at doing liner, eyeshadow replaces that for me! Usually I’ll just go for a simple but pretty all over the lid shade, like this L’Oreal single eyeshadow in Over the Taupe, or otherwise I like to use a palette like this Tartelette one to create a super simple smokey-ish eye. This palette is all super-blendable muted mattes, so even when I’m in a hurry I can’t really go wrong.
I tend to add a bit of liner on the waterline, like this brown Bare Minerals one. Not too dark, not too light, and nowhere near as harsh as black. Otherwise, I’ll use whatever shadow I’ve used on the lid to just subtly smoke out under the eye. Super simple and super effective. For mascara, it’s usually one of these two that I reach for. The Sephora Full Action mascara is not actually that full-on, so it’s the perfect mascara for the office. The Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara gives more volume and is a more intense black, but I find that on my lashes it isn’t too over the top to wear to work.
Finally, onto bronzer! I don’t usually bother with blusher and highlighter, and I use my bronzer to both warm up the face and to add a bit of subtle contour to the cheekbones. One of my favourites to use is this MAC bronzer in Refined Golden. I originally purchased this online in the sale, and when it came I was really disappointed as in the pan it is just insanely glittery. Fortunately, that really doesn’t transfer to the face, and as this is a bit of a darker bronzer, but not orangey, this is great to use for a bit of contour. For all over warmth, this bronzer from Pupa Cosmetics, which I picked up in Slovakia, is perfect. It is slightly orange-toned, but it does such a great job of warming up the whole face, and just creates a light tan on the face rather than turning me into an orange.
So that’s what I’ve been wearing on my face to work lately! Hopefully this might give you guys some ideas about easy, quick make up for when you’re short on time!