Working Day Makeup Routine

Working Day Makeup Routine1

Mornings are definitely not my bag. Therefore, anything that can save me time in the morning and will involve minimal effort is a winner in my eyes. When I’m up at 6am for work, the makeup routine stays the same every single day so that I don’t even have to engage my brain, and my makeup choices are fool-proof. Here’s what the routine consists of…

This Works In Transit Primer


The In Transit Camera Close-Up by This Works is a wonder product that acts as a skincare mask, a moisturiser, and a primer all in one. This instantly saves me a step in the routine! It sinks into the skin nice and quickly, and leaves a really smooth base to apply bronzer on top. I tend to leave this to do its thing and soak in, and apply my eye makeup whilst I wait.

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade & Benefit Speed Brow


After a very long – and I imagine expensive, if I dared add the total of all the brow products I’ve tried over the years – quest to find the right brow-enhancing products for me, I’ve finally found them. I hated Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dipbrow Pomade when I first tried it, but after realising that you need to remove virtually all of the product from the brush before you begin to apply it, I’ve found that actually it is THE ONE. I then use Benefit’s Speed Brow to hold the brow hairs in place, and this really does stop them budging all day long.

MAC Paintpot, Crownbrush, & GOSH Rebel Mascara


I find it easier to apply any other eye makeup once my brows are out of the way, as sometimes I have to re-do them and it’s easier to wipe them off and start again if I haven’t got mascara or eyeshadow on. My go-to product for my eyelids is MAC’s Paint Pot in Groundwork. It’s a gorgeous muted brown shade in a matte finish, which looks subtle when applied and therefore not too heavy for work. I apply to the lids with my finger tip, and then buff out the edges with this amazing blending brush from Crown Brush. I like a lot of mascara, and whereas in the evening I like my lashes to be thick and clumpy, in the daytime I prefer them to be well-defined and separated. GOSH’s Rebel Eye has a comb wand which separates the lashes well. This certainly isn’t one of the best mascaras I’ve tried, as it takes many coats to build up the kind of coverage I like, but for the time being it does the job.

Bobbi Brown Bronzer & Eco Tools Bronzing Brush Bobbi Brown Bronzer & Eco Tools Bronzing Brush


I must say, contouring seems to be a fine art which I just can’t get the hang of. I can just about manage to add a bit of depth to my face to make it look less around, whilst leaving just enough colour to ensure I look less pasty; as for the chiselled cheek bones and detailed 53-step contouring routine, that is just not for me. I can’t do it, and I’ve given up trying. The perfect pairing for a simple contouring routine for me is a chunky contouring brush combined with a cool-toned, matte bronzer, and the tool for the job is the Eco Tools Bronzer Brush and the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder which I received from House of Fraser and it is just AMAZING. There is minimal fall-out from the powder in the pan, the shade is perfectly cool-toned with not a hint of shimmer, ad it’s almost impossible to apply too much product.

Maybelline Setting Spray

Finishing Touches

Finally, to keep my makeup intact I use Maybelline’s Super Stay 24 Makeup-Locking Setting Spray. I’ve tried a variety of different setting sprays, but this is the only one that I’ve found to make a difference.

What does your work day makeup routine consist of?
Post written in collaboration with House of Fraser