I have mentioned in previous posts (here and here) that I work as a consultant for a technology company, in a very conservative and male dominated environment. The majority of my colleagues are 30-40 years my senior, meaning that my work wardrobe and makeup have to be very very conservative and toned down. I have showed you what makeup products I love, but I wanted to share my everyday makeup routine that takes me a maximum of 5 minutes that can be used in any work environment (with a few fun product updates!)

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Step 1: Foundation and Concealer (Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer + concealer)

I am a big advocate of high quality face makeup especially if you have skin that is prone to breakouts. Laura Mercier has tinted moisturizers that are light and provide just enough coverage. The under-eye concealer I am holding doubles as a blemish concealer and has a great waxy consistency that lasts through my 14 hour days.

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Step 2: Contour (product I use: Bare Minerals Bronzer)

Contouring was something that I learned from a YouTube beauty guru, Carli Bybel. She showed a tutorial of how she does it and I found that incorporating a few simple steps into my everyday routine made a big difference in keeping my face looking alive all day. First, I take a bit of strong-pigmented bronzer and with a narrow brush, drag a bit of it along the sides of my nose as shown above. Next, I take a bit and pull it along my cheekbones to create definition.


Step 3: Basic eyeshadow (Maybelline eyeshadow expert wear quad)

Strong eyeshadow colors are the biggest mistake I see newbie workers make in my office. They wear colors like oranges or strong blues and greens and it just reads as unprofessional. I found this Maybelline palette a few weeks ago and it has been my go-to through the week. The soft blue acts as a base and the purples are layered to bring out my green eyes without being overbearing.


Step 4: Mascara (L’Oreal Telescopic in Carbon Black)

I cannot stress how important it is not to walk into a workplace with crazy long eyelashes. Fake eyelashes are not ok and neither is 3-4 coats of mascara. One coat to open your eyes and help you look awake is all you need.


Step 5: Light/nude lipgloss or lipstick (Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss)

Finish it off with a light or nude lipstick to tie everything together. I prefer a not-to-glossy gloss as lipstick tends to stain everywhere and often appears on my teeth. Not a great impression! This gloss is longwearing and is a gorgeous coral shade that has me longing for Spring.

What is your work makeup routine? Are there any products you love and would recommend?