Work Makeup Routine & Beauty Tips
I am sure a lot of people who read the blog can relate to hectic busy mornings during the week when we have to rush for work. We hardly seem to have time for anything let alone do some makeup. But, just a little effort and a couple of products we can look polished and presentable. I have always been a makeup person. Nothing major though. During college my makeup routine was moisturizer, Liquid Eyeliner, thick kajal on the water line and shiny lip balm. Just these steps and believe me almost all my classmates used to be surprised at how I manage to pull off these things in the morning. But the truth is, once you figure out your day to day look, it’s a matter of 5 mins 8 mins. Really!
Now, don’t get me wrong. Just adding thick layers of makeup won’t get you anywhere. You’ll get the wrong kind of attention. Remember, we are looking for subtle and tastefully done makeup. It should let your natural beauty shine through.
My current office routine is a little more sophisticated than my college routine though.
So, the trick here is to figure out your best feature. Each one of us are blessed with at least one good thing. Silky hair, Perfect sharp nose, beautiful skin so on. Play up that one good thing and take advantage of it. I have been blessed with good skin. I hardly have any zits. Most of the time my skin is clear. So I just use a nice moisturizer to keep my skin supple and glowing and don’t bother with a heavy foundation during my everyday routine. Now, here’s how I pull of my everyday look.
1) Moisturize face with a really good moisturizer. I use cetaphil moisturing cream. This thing is so thick and luscious. No fragrance, nothing! Just pure moisturization.Perfect for dry skin.
Tip: I moisturize my face when I step out of the shower. I then proceed to finish my breakfast. That way I give my moisturizer to do its thang! Foundations apply so much better if your face has sometime to absorb the moisturizer.
2) With a large fluffy brush, I swipe on Revlon Colorstay pressed powder all over my face (This ones OK, nothing great. It does brighten up my skin upon application, but fades after about 2hrs 🙁 ). I do not need much coverage. So a couple swipes of pressed powder, I am good to go.
3) For eyes. I really love thick kajal look. I draw a thick line on my lower lash line and smudge it up with a q-tip. Sometimes I line my upper eyes, most days I don’t. I have small eyes, so lining both upper and lower lash line tends to make my eyes look smaller. Next I curl my lashes (Make a big difference!), and apply a coat of L’oreal Telescopic explosion mascara. (The wand is uber cute and works like a magic for me.)
4) Finally I use a nice neutral pinkish brown lipstick. And voila! I am all set for the day. I like MAC crème in your coffee for work wear. I skip blush for work coz I find it too much for me. You can always add some color to your cheeks if you want.
This routine takes a maximum of 8 minutes. (Yes, I timed it. I am a nerd!) Now don’t tell me you can’t spare 10 minutes to look sophisticated. Practice a simple routine when you have some downtime during weekends. Once you know what you want to do, it’s really simple. Just a little effort to look good can go a long way.
Keep in mind, if you do not care about the way you look how do think others at work will perceive you? I am not talking about full on heavy makeup and fashionable clothes. Neat neutral ironed clothes and a little basic makeup. That’s it. While makeup is only a part of you, what you wear to work is equally important. Even if your office culture allows you to wear casual clothes, do not go overboard. Remember higher-ups are always watching you. You want to make sure that they know that you take your work seriously. What more than to start with professional looking clothes. Keep casual clothes restricted to Fridays and avoid short, low cut clothes. They may send wrong signals to the important people.
Always be well groomed. Keep you hair in a good shape. Having a bad hair day? Tying it into slick ponytail looks very polished. Keep a small kit with essentials like a mini body mist, mints, hair brush and some makeup essentials. It could help you on those days that you go out after office hours.
I hope these little tips helped you guys. Do you guys have a simple work makeup routine or some nice work tips? Post it in the comments section and lets all get more ideas. 🙂