Today's Makeup: Easy Neutral Wear-to-Work Makeup with Warm Browns

Easy Everyday Neutral Work Office Makeup with Warm Browns MAC Eyeshadows - Photos Tutorial
An easy neutral work-appropriate makeup look using MAC eyeshadows.
(Brown Script, Coppering, Typographic)

I don't really go to work anywhere - I work from home now - but when I did go to office some years back, I would barely get the time to put on a clean outfit! I assume most people are like me, though, and don't really have the time to follow a complicated makeup routine.  Apart from the lack of time required for more elaborate makeup looks, there's also the fact that a lot of people just prefer simple, neutral makeup looks for offices.  The makeup look I have tried on today is as simple as can be and uses neutral warm tones.  Also, I bought a bunch of MAC eyeshadows recently, and I am dying to show you all my new favorite eyeshadows :D  Scroll on for more photos (lots of them - and I have kept the writing to a minimum).

Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Step 1:  Start with an eyeshadow base.  This will help keep the eye makeup from disintegrating as the day wears on.  I have oily skin/eyelids, so I use something like the Urban Decay's Primer Potion.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
I have naturally darker eyelids, but I don't bother applying a concealer/foundation to even out the discolaration.  More the products, easier it is for the eye makeup to start creasing as the day wears on, so I stick to only primer.  If this is not an issue for you, use any long-wearing foundation or concealer over eyelids and dust some powder over it to help the eyeshadows go on better.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Step 2:  Use MAC Typographic (or any black/dark grey eyeshadow) on an angled eyeliner brush (brush in the pic is from TBS).
Tap off excess to prevent fallout.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Push the eyeshadow close to the upper lashline, at the roots of the lashes.  I like to do this when I am not going to use any eyeliner later.  This creates a hint of darkness along the lashline and defines the eyes without leaving any visible line at the end.  Place the eyeshadow in a thin line by pressing it into place rather than dragging to create a line.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Step 3:  Take a warm brown eyeshadow (MAC Brown Script) on a flat blending brush.  I have used Hakuhodo J5523 brush, which is very similar to the oh-so-famous MAC 217.  I can use the same brush later for blending, which is why I have used a brush with this shape.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Pat the eyeshadow over the eyelids, starting from the lashline to a little short of the crease. 
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
With the same brush and no extra shadow, blend the eye shadow up to the crease.  I also like to extend it just a teeny bit past the outer corner of the eye.  As the eyeshadow is blended, the warm brown color gets subdued quite a bit so you won't have any orangey stripes on yours eyes, and the thin line of black shadow along the lashline gets blended too.  If you want the line along the lashline, you can add an eyeliner at the end, but I haven't done it today.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Step 4:  Pick up a warm, coppery slightly frosty eyeshadow (MAC Coppering) on the same brush used earlier - or on your finger which is what I did :P :P - and just dab it only on to the center of the lid.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Pack the shadow on quite densely, but keep it to the very center of the eyelid only.  This will help bring a little light to the eyelid area but without any visible shimmer or glitter, once it's blended (next step).
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Using the same blending brush (wipe off any shadow on a tissue), blend the coppery eyeshadow very very lightly, so there are no visible edges.  Don't be too harsh with the blending.  The eyeshadow will stay in the center of the lid and not spread all over the eyelid if you only blend along the edges with a light touch.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Step 5:  Using the same angled brush that was used to apply the black eyeshadow in step 1, pick up some of the warm brown eyeshadow (MAC Brown Script) and smudge it along the lower lashline.  I did not not want a smokey line along the lashline, so I kept this to the outer corner of my eyes.
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To
I also applied a dark brown pencil (Urban Decay Demolition) along my lower waterline and finished with curled lashes and black mascara (Maybelline Megaplush).
Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
And that's the finished look!  I paired the warm eyes with a salmon-colored blush - Chanel Frivole - but any soft peach/coral blush would be perfect.  On my lips I used a thin layer of Givenchy Brun Createur lipstick. 
Additional makeup products used:  My base makeup is almost always the same - Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation that I have now started mixing in with Urban Decay's Naked Skin Beauty Balm  -works as a primer as well as helps give a bit of radiance to the otherwise almost-matte finish of the foundation.  Used concealer on all the spots and patches on my face, and finished with a light dusting of a matte powder only on the T-zone.  Also used, Chanel Frivole Blush on my cheeks and Givenchy Brun Createur lipstick.

Neutral Work Office Makeup with warm brown MAC eyeshadows Brown Script Coppering Typographic Indian Darker Skin Tutorial Easy Steps Photos How To Blog
Makeup Products Used:  Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm
NARS Cream Stick Concealers (Biscuit and Caramel), Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Peach) applied with the Ecotools Concealer Brush
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder applied with a fluffy powder brush (Suqqu Powder Brush)
Chanel Frivole blush (applied with Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush because that's what I could lay my hands on)
Givenchy Brun Createur lipstick
Makeup Swatches - MAC Eyeshadows - Brown Script Coppering Typographic
MAC Eyeshadow Swatches (L to R):  Brown Script, Coppering, Typographic
Makeup Swatches - Givenchy Brun Createur Lipstick Chanel Frivole Blush
Givenchy Brun Createur Lipstick (it's actually peach/browner, but for some reason looks pinkish on my swatch)
Chanel Frivole Blush

What's your favorite everyday or wear-to-work makeup look?  Do share!

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