My 10-Step Makeup Routine for Work Days
I'm very impressed by people who are able to consistently wear a full face of makeup everyday because I certainly don't. I wear makeup between two to four days during the work week, depending on how much sleep I'm able to get and if there's some reason I would like to look a bit more presentable for. Lately I've been falling back to a few fail-safe makeup bits that I can smear and swipe on my face in about 15 minutes. This is a realistic look at my work makeup as of late but of course I change out products here and there.
I spend a majority of my makeup time on evening out my complexion. Since I'm outside for at least 12 hours everyday, I need to do my best to keep my base makeup looking decent. I almost always use primer nowadays and switch between different ones depending on how my skin is feeling. Lately I've been using the Stila One Step Correct Skin Tone Correcting & Brightening Serum. The swirls of color sheer out into basically nothing so I don't think it really helps with evening out my skintone at all. I don't find that it magically makes my skin look better but it hasn't done anything bad so for now, I'm just trying to use it up.
I switch between several concealers but recently I've been liking the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant because it brightens under the eyes and blends in nicely. I was surprised to find myself liking this because I don't like the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer that everyone else loves. The Dream Lumi Touch in Radiant has a pink tone to it, which you'll see in the swatch below, and cancels out darkness without looking too obvious. I don't like how the lettering on the packaging is already fading though.
For my all-over face color I've been wearing the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude. I got a decent .5 oz sample of this with a Sephora 500 point perk awhile ago but only recently tried it out. When I first applied this, I didn't think I would like it because it's sheer and you need quite a bit to get some coverage. But I find that this tinted moisturizer looks a lot better once its had a couple of minutes to "set" on the skin. It has a very luminous finish and makes my skin look like skin, but better.
To keep the shine at bay, I like to dust the Nars Translucent Light Reflecting Loose Powder over my entire face. I really like this powder because a little goes a long way but it never looks cakey or dry. It lasts a ridiculously long time too so it's definitely worth the money.
I rarely have time for bronzer, blush and highlight so I'll usually do a bronzer or blush. I purchased the Benefit Majorette Blush during Ulta's Black Friday deal when it was only $10, but only recently tested it out. I actually really like this cream blush for both the color and the creamy, easy to blend texture. I don't see many people talking about this blush but it would be nice if it came in more than one color.
For eyes I also like to stick to a cream product so I can skimp on priming my eyelids. To be honest, I've been really lazy about using eye primer when I'm getting ready in a hurry. The Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Mirage is the perfect cream shadow for everyday office makeup. It's a lovely shimmery brown with the finest of shimmer that reflects the light perfectly without looking overdone. It doesn't last quite all day but if I was diligent about using an eyeshadow primer, that would probably help....
A few years ago I wouldn't have thought twice about lining my eyes whenever I wore makeup but nowadays it's quite often that I skip eyeliner entirely. I hate doing my eyeliner under the pressure of having to rush so I just curl my lashes and apply a generous amount of L'Oreal's Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara.
For my brows I fill them in with the Lioele Auto Eyebrow Pencil which I swear is self-replenishing. I've used this consistently for years and I still have a lot left. I don't know what type of sorcery this is but for the next few months I doubt I will need another brow product.
Lip products can be applied throughout the day so I usually don't apply anything before I leave the house. I just put some of the Dior Creme de Rose Lipbalm on for some moisture.
The final step of my makeup routine is spritzing on a generous amount of Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I think the De Slick version is better at mattifying my skin but the All Nighter is fine for getting rid of any powderiness.
There you have it - my 10 step makeup routine for work. When I have a little more time I'll apply some eyeliner or bronzer and maybe a lip color. When I have less time, I usually go bare-faced. What's your daily makeup like and how long does it take?