|Easy and quick wear-to-work makeup.|
Hiiiiii! :D I have been away for a while, and I finally got a bit of time today to do a quick post/update. The reason I have been so short of time is I started a new job. I used to work from home before, but now I have to go to office, and goodness gracious, I don't know if I will ever get used to these early morning hours! I leave quite early, but I am awfully lucky with missing the rush-hour snarly traffic. Work takes up a good 10 hours of my day, and I barely have time to grab some dinner and sleep. On a good day, I get to check mail. Hopefully, there will be a bit more time in another month or two.
A good thing about going to work is I get to use all the makeup I have been hoarding all these days. I take the bus/public transit to work, though, and most people at my workplace are pretty low-key with their makeup, so I keep my makeup routine simple (like I was ever adventurous!). Here's a look at some of my wear-to-work basics and an easy, everyday makeup look that I have been sporting of late.
|Face makeup: Foundation - Chanel Perfection Lumiere (BA34) applied using the MAC 187 brush. This brush is awesome for applying thin layers of product - I use a mix of stippling and criss-cross motions to blend in the foundation. |
Concealer - NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Caramel). It's a teeny bit dark for some parts of my face, but overall, it's a great concealer for both undereyes as well as blemishes. Blends easily with fingers, and I use an Ecotools brush for more precise placement. Lasts all day long.
Powder - I have been using the Chanel Les Beiges powder as an all-over setting powder for a while now. It isn't ideal, but I was waiting for the Chanel Vitalumiere powder foundation to turn up and was holding off on buying another powder until then. Les Beiges can look a bit dark on my skin, especially if I get a little enthusiastic with the application. My go-to powder brush is the Suqqu Face brush. So soft and perfect for a sheer application of powder.
A good base is an absolute essential for my uneven skin tone, and Chanel Perfection Lumiere has been my go-to foundation for a while now. It's perfect for my oily-combination skin and gives medium coverage with a natural finish that isn't too matte or dewy. For my undereye area as well as for concealing blemishes, I use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (I use the shade Caramel). I add in YSL Touche Eclat at times, but for a basic clean face, this foundation-concealer combination works okay for me. As you can see from the photos below, just a thin layer of foundation with a bit of concealer for the blemishes makes a HUGE difference! I use Chanel Les Beiges as an all-over powder, and it can be a bit dark for me, but using a soft airy brush like the Suqqu Face brush helps put on a sheer layer. I planned this post and took these photos a while back, and I have since switched to the Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation (shade 50).
Since spend a good chunk of time covering up the patchwork of blemishes on my face, I have to rush through the rest of my makeup. For my eyes, the quickest makeup look is brown/black liner and a good, clump-free black mascara - the last thing I need to do is poke my eyes while trying to comb out clumped lashes! I have been using Chanel's Le Volume mascara for a while now, and I must say I am getting quite addicted to it. I might have to cough up the money for a full size once I am done with the samples. Another makeup must-do: Filling in the brows. It's something I have started doing recently and just can't seem to skip. I am still looking for a good brow color/product, but for now I use a dark matte brownish black shade from Avon Chocolate Sensation quad. Contrary to the usual makeup rules, I can get away with a black for brows (or so I think), but I have to be very careful while applying or it can go horribly wrong. Blackish-brown is much more forgiving, especially since I use a smudger/pencil brush to fill in the color and most times I only fill in the gaps. Combing through blends in the color better.
|Eye makeup - which I keep pretty basic because I don't usually have the time for anything else :P |
Smashbox Photofinish Lid Primer - I use this over my lids even on days when I don't use any eyeshadow just to keep the lids from getting too shiny. I also dust the lids with the Les Beiges powder using the Suqqu Large shadow brush.
The Tom Ford eyeliner brush is the best for a quick application of gel liner - at least for me. I don't draw a line of eyeliner, rather just push in the liner along the lashes to add some definition. I usually keep the liner thin but I do tend to go a little thicker when I am in a rush and try to get both eyes to match :P
Lash curler - Chanel. It's the first and only lash curler I have bought, and I love it.
Chanel Le Volume Mascara in Black - Great for clump-free dark and defined lashes.
Avon Chocolate Sensation Eyeshadow Quad - Though I keep it around mostly for the darkest matte shadow shade, this is definitely one of the best neutral eyeshadow quads I have tried so far. I could manage with just this one quad if I had to.
For days when I want to add in a pop of color to this basic makeup routine, I use a brightish lipstick or blush - sometimes both. My favorites: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Pygmalion and NARS Boys Don't Cry. Both of these were limited edition products from a while back, and while the NARS blush is a generous size that will last me a long, long time, I really do regret not picking up a backup of Pygmalion while it was available. Rouge Coco Shines are incredibly moisturising - an essential for chronic dry lips like mine - but they don't last too long on my lips, so sometimes I layer on a lipgloss. With Pygmalion, it's usually Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Nakkar. It's a lovely coral color with subtle gold shimmer that's barely visible on the lips and feels quite good on the lips too.
|My favorite products for a pop of color: NARS Boys Don't Cry blush applied with the Suqqu Cheek brush. |
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Pygmalion and Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Nakkar.
And that's my finished, easy-peasy wear-to-work look. I stay indoors, so this makeup holds up well through the day even without a primer or a setting spray. Most of the products used - especially the concealer and foundation - are longer lasting, and I only need to retouch my lip color through the day. I take the lipstick/lipgloss along with me and also some blotting paper (Shiseido Pureness Oil Control Blotting Paper) just in case I get a little too oily as the day wears on. And, lip balm.
What must-have products are part of your office makeup routine? Do share!