Wednesday, July 06, 2016

9 to 5 Chic | Everyday Makeup for Work


I work in a corporate office setting. The industry that I am currently in, professional business attire is required and expected. Fortunately, the the firm that I currently work for is more laid back and avid supporter of business casual. We still need to dress up from Monday to Thursday, but they allow jeans for casual Fridays. 

I say this a couple of times before, that I do not wear makeup to work. I just didn't care enough to put extra effort in the morning. My morning routine usually takes about 20 minutes and it includes getting up, taking a shower, doing my hair and getting dressed. I do occasionally put on makeup when I have appointments to meet clients or when I wake up earlier than usual. Lately, I enjoy getting dolled up more because it actually makes me feel good about myself. I don't do it for other people, but I do it for myself. I think that's the key of my passion for beauty. It's for me, although it doesn't hurt when others give me compliments. ;)

blush: Milani Baked blush 'Rose D'oro'
For work, I keep my makeup simple and minimalist. I usually avoid liquid foundation because it tends to get heavy and I don't want to do that to my skin 5 days a week. I also come up with two-shadow look for more of a natural look. I stick with the same products most of the time. I guess my makeup concept for work is more to "enhance" what I already have, whereas on weekends I like to experiment with different products and looks. 

I start with primer to smooth out my face and complexion. It's more crucial to use primer when you use powder foundation so that the powder has something to 'cling' on to. I'm currently using the Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost Instant Smoother. Mine is in the old packaging because I've had it for so long! Using primer helps the makeup stay put longer. I then apply the under eye concealer next. It's important to brighten under the eye area to make you look more fresh and ready for the day to come. I'm using the Benefit eraste paste in medium - another oldie but goodie.


 I then use liquid concealer to spot conceal and continue with mineral powder foundation. Bare Minerals Original Foundation is my favorite, but I use it interchangeably with Tarte Amazonian Clay airbrush foundation (from this post) which also has decent coverage. I then use blush and do my eyes.  I bring my Z palette with all the most wearable shadows. Mascara is always important to tie the looks together. I have a new favorite, Cover Girl The Super Sizer mascara.

I sometimes skip the lips just because I naturally have pink-ish lips, and I just don't bother. Lastly I lock everything in place with makeup setting spray. My favorite is Urban Decay All-nighter spray

Do you wear makeup to work? What products do you use?

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