One look that has been requested by a lot of friends was a work appropriate makeup look. Now yesterday, I had to go out to get a passport size picture clicked and I came up with this look which I thought could make up for a great everyday work wear makeup. The makeup is really simple and subtle , yet looks polished and could really serve as an office appropriate makeup for many of you. You may alter a few colors here and there on special occasions and you would still look neat without being over the top.
Here's the stepwise breakdown:
- Post your CTM, and sunscreen, apply your primer .
- Conceal the areas that need a little higher coverage
- Apply your foundation. Although , I've use a liquid foundation here, you may alternatively use a Powder foundation like MAC's Studio Fix to save on blending time.
- Apply your blush. A hint of blush , preferable one witha matte finish, and in natural colors can make you look fresh and healthy. Just make sure you don't over-do it. I've used MAC Satin Blush Fleur Power in this look. If you are of the same skin tone as me (NC 42 +/-1 shade), or even otherwise, Fleur Power is the most gorgeous and natural blush you can find for your everyday looks. I have a yellow based complexion and Fleur Powder just adds a healthy pink to my face without even looking obvious.
- Define your brows, either with a brown pencil or using an eyebrow powder if you have that much time. A thumb Rule is your eyebrows should be only one shade lighter than your hair color. Don't USE a black eyebrow filler because it would look too prominent and unnatural.
- Apply a neutral colored eyeshadow, preferably creamy ones like MAC's Paintpots because they are very easy to apply (just use your clean and sanitised fingertips!) and survive long hours without creasing. The shades you may consider are Indianwood (a Golden pink, very buildable but you need to lightly apply because you don't want to go to a board room meeting with shiny golden eyes!) and Constructivist (a plummy-brown, excellent everyday color.) Now just remember that it should never go above your crease and that you have to use a very light hand with application.
- Just to give a little bit of definition to the eye area, apply a soft brown like MAC's eyeshadow Folie along the outer part of your crease. It will add depth to the eye area.
- Apply a Kohl/kajal on the waterline, and under your upper lashes (tightline i.e.!) and apply a thin line of kajal along your lashline, and gently soften the edges with either a smudger or pencil brush.
- Curl Lashes and Apply mascara.
- I have used a matte Taupe-y Nude lip color (MAC's Bad Girl RiRi reviewed HERE), but it's not a nude for lighter complexions so I'd suggest you use a either a Nude or a Neutral Pink that's appropriate to your skin tone and doesn't look too stark. You may also add just a hint of gloss only in the centre of your lips.
- Makeup Academy Matte Perfect Primer
- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place makeup
- MAC Satin Blush Fleur Power
- MAC Paintpot IndianWood
- MAC Eyeshadow Folie
- Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof eyeliner pencil Black party
- QVS Eyelash Curler
- Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara
- MAC Retro Matte Lipstick from the Rihanna Holiday Collection -Bad Girl RiRi