Work makeup is what I'm wearing for 5/7ths of my week, so it really deserves more of a focus on my blog! Today I'm talking through the products that are currently in my work makeup wardrobe...
First, let's talk base products. I'm really enjoying the Milk Makeup Blur Stick | £30.50 | full review | as a primer. It's quick and easy to apply (you can even throw it into your gym bag for after your workout, if you like to go before work) and does what I want a primer to! It takes down the surface shine and provides a smooth, even base for makeup, so your foundation doesn't settle into pores or fine lines. I then like to go in with the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream (Medium Tan) | £31 | full review. On a day-to-day basis, one pump of this is enough for the coverage I want, and even then it's almost at a medium finish. It makes my skin look healthy and radiant without getting shiny or disappearing throughout the day. 'Your skin but better' is exactly what I'm looking for in a workday product. To conceal, I really love the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer (Medium) | full review. It honestly blends like a dream and after setting, it won't crease or wear away. It covers my dark circles without being too heavy. It's a great breathable concealer that still does the job for me.
Let's move on to my go-to cheek products on work days. First up is the Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder in Sunset Glow | £10.99 | full review. I absolutely love this highlighter formula - it's soft and metallic but still gives the skin a gorgeous glow. It's perfect for people who don't like a blinding full-on highlight for work. There's pretty much a shade for every skin tone in this collection but my personal favourite is this gorgeous golden-coppery colour. As blusher I really like the Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk | £15 | full review. This cream-liquid formula can be dabbed onto the skin with the fingers for a light, natural wash of colour. It's one of the few liquid formulas that actually works on my combination skin! I love this peachy-brown nude colour for a natural office makeup look. One of my favourite everyday bronzers is the Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Ipanema Sun | £27. It looks matte on the skin but actually has a very slight sheen to it to add some natural glow. The formula is very easy to blend, the colour is warming but also adds a bit of dimension to the face.
For eyeshadow - I like to have a cream formula on hand for when I'm in a rush, but there's also a palette here. I really like the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Colour Pencil in Gilt | £20 (apologies I mistakenly called it 'Copper' on the swatch below!) It does need a primer to stay in place and remain crease-proof on a long day, however I just love the application - you can swipe it on in seconds and dab a little to blend out the edges. If you want, you can add a matte brown to the crease to compliment this warm coppery-gold shimmer. I think the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette* | £42 | full review | is the palette I'd recommend to any one who just wants one eyeshadow palette in their life to do everything. It has such a lovely array of mattes, which is why it's great for less full-on makeup days. It's very user-friendly and has pretty much everything you could need for everyday wear!
Although I love a bit of winged liner, I don't always feel the need to wear it for work, however I still like to line the inside of my lash line. My favourite product for that is the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Vivid Smokey Quartz | £16. It's a soft - but also pigmented - warm brown, so adds subtle definition to the eyes. I find it goes on very smoothly (it's also twist-up so you don't have to sharpen it) and lasts all day. I also love the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara | £14 | full review. It gives natural length and curl to the lashes and is so smudge-proof, making it great for everyday wear. It isn't super volumising, which I didn't like when I first tried it, but I actually love this now as an easy thing to throw on for work so I don't have to worry about getting panda eyes!
I have two quick and easy brow products, depending on the condition of my brows! The first is Glossier Boy Brow (Black) | £14 | for when my brows don't need too much help or just to set them. This is a fibre gel so it adds colour and volume, as well as softly holding the hairs in place. If you have naturally good brows; it's all you really need. For brows that require a bit more help, I recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Ebony) | £22. It has a very fine twist-up pencil on one end (so no sharpening is required for a natural-looking, precise application) and a spooly to brush your brows through with on the other end. It has a lovely soft pigmentation so it's hard to be heavy-handed when using this.
I have a few natural-toned lip colours here that I reach for a lot when doing my makeup for work. The first is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Spice | £19.50. This formula is so nourishing and can be applied and reapplied in a couple of seconds and without a mirror. They have a huge range of shades, however I personally love this warm reddish-brown. I also love the & Other Stories Lipstick in Logwood Umber | £13. This has an interesting formula; it's creamy and hydrating but still very opaque and pigmented. It's a neutral brown, so would make a gorgeous true nude on deeper skin tones. Finally, I have MAC's Satin Lipstick in Mocha | £17.50 | which I actually had to repurchase recently because I sadly lost it and honestly couldn't live without this shade! It's a Satin formula so has the longevity and colour payoff of a matte but has a bit more of a sheen and is less drying. The colour is a unique pinky-brown-peachy nude.
Do you work in an office environment? What sort of makeup do you tend to go for?