Face of the Day: Work Appropriate

Today I bring you a makeup look I wore to work last week. The bright lip may not be something everyone is comfortable with depending on the environment of their office. Even though I work in the conservative walls of academia, I like to spice up my look with bright lips. And I always get compliments from my colleagues! So I take the risk because this is how I’ve come to express my style. My eye makeup is my typical look that includes my favorite eyeshadow, Nars Ashes to Ashes.

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These are the products I used for my base: Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous in 110 Creamy Natural (this has excellent coverage without feeling too heavy); ELF HD Lifting Concealer in Fair on my spots and red areas; L’Oreal MagicLumi Highligher in Light for under my eyes; and my new Holy Grail brow pencil: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe.

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For accentuating my face I used The Body Shop bronzer in medium matte, tarte Amazonian clay blush in exposed, and Laura Mercier matte radiance baked powder in Highlight 01. Then I set everything with Urban Decay all nighter setting spray which I spray on a Real Techniques brush and buff into my face. I find this technique prolongs the wear of my makeup significantly.

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My eye look includes a new palette to me by Flower Beauty from Walmart. I used my trusted Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base to prime my eyelids and then used the purple color in the Secret Garden palette all over my lid. I applied Nars Ashes to Ashes in my crease and added the lightest color in the Flower palette to the inner corner and as a brow highlight. I lined my upper lash line with Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in No. 4 Black Cocoa. This is a much loved product, but my only complaint is it doesn’t sharpen smoothly. Another much loved product is the cheapest, yet longest lasting, and I use this to line my lower lash line. I have had this Wet n Wild Kohl Brow-Eyeliner in Dark Brown for years and it continues to prosper. And I use it almost every single day! I think it retails for around $0.99 which is just beyond unbelievable for the quality and amount you get. For mascara, I used my sample of tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. I have used a full-size in the past, and forgot how great this mascara is. It provides length and volume without clumping.

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And the pièce de résistance of the look is the lip combo that includes a lip liner I received in my August ipsy bag, Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler eye & lip pencil in the color 18-Wine. I only use it is a lip liner because it seems a strange color to put on your eyes, and it seems unsanitary to use a product on both your lips and eyes! And I paired it with the luminous creme lipstick by Bite in Vigne, which is a beautiful raspberry pink color.

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The final result:

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Thank you for stopping by! Let me know what types of looks you wear to work or school below in the comments! xoxo

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