Perfecting your at-work beauty routine is necessary for a smooth early morning start, as well as for getting you through the day with ease. You want a plan that is simple for those early days, but will also stay put throughout the workday without getting shiny or rubbing off on your favorite white button down. But it’s also important to look natural and professional so even your skin says CEO. We have a “no makeup” beauty habit perfect for your day-to-day desk makeup.
STEP ONE: GET WET AND (MAYBE?) WILD
The first step is to spray on a little hydrating mist to set the base and keep your face moisturized naturally. You can buy a hydrating mist or make the one yourself by infusing a few slices of cucumbers with water and then transferring them to a spray bottle. Store-bought hydrating mists are great, but I also love the idea of getting a little Pinterest-y and doing it yourself!
STEP TWO: LAY THE BASE
The next step is to apply a thin layer of moisturizer and make sure your entire face and neck are lightly covered. The moisturizer will act in place of a primer and is in charge of keeping the makeup on your skin without smudging or getting greasy. It will also make it last longer, which is perfect for going from work to happy hour!
STEP THREE: SEAL THE DEAL
Using a brush or your fingers, lightly apply the concealer under your eyes, the sides of your nose and mouth, and on any scars or acne marks. Cream-based stick is the best! The heat from using your fingers will help meld the concealer into your skin, but if you have naturally greasy skin, a brush is a safer bet.
Instead of applying a full coverage foundation, which would be too heavy, you may opt for a BB Cream. It’s very lightweight and will make you feel like you’re not wearing any makeup at all.
If you don’t want to invest in BB Cream, all you need to do is mix your favorite foundation with a few drops of an essential oil or with the moisturizer you used earlier and you’re good to go!
STEP FOUR: ADD THAT FINISHING FLUSH
Now that the stage has been set, use just a little pink blush and then blend towards the direction of the ear, parallel to the cheekbone. For dark skin tones, use a bronzer instead. Use a cream, not powder blush. Powder blush mattifies the skin, which will keep your face from looking oily even on long workdays.
STEP FIVE: ALL ABOUT THE EYES
To complete the look, add a touch of brown (not black!) eyeliner and brown brow pencil to make your eyes really pop. Swipe one layer of mascara to finish the look. It’s important to use brown on your eyes to keep this look understated and professional!
If you want to take it up a notch for nighttime, you can also add gold or bronze eye shadow to create a subtle smoky eye, or also add an extra layer of lipgloss.