A Before-Work Makeup Routine That Anyone Can Achieve

The alarm goes off at 7:00 am. You dread waking up to that loud sound so early in the morning everyday, but it gets you up doesn’t it? The sun is peaking through the blinds and you may or may not be looking forward to another day at work. But you have a life to live so you’ll just have to push through like you always do. After all, you have tons of goals that you want to eventually meet, and sooner than later would be nice. You hop in that hot shower, scrub the demons of yesterday away, and hop back out to face the battle of choosing an outfit and hairstyle. But the ultimate time-consuming task in the morning is the makeup part of course.

For a regular work day, whether you’re employed in an office setting or in retail, you’re not going to go through the trouble of applying a full beat face of glittery eyeshadow, a dramatic smokey eye, the heaviest contour or the overdrawn lips. I know that for myself, it’s not a bit realistic to wake up everyday at 7:00 am and have to leave out the door by 8:30 am to be at work by 9:00 am, and manage to do a full face in between. I don’t think anyone even has the patience. I guess it depends on what kind of person you are and what kind of work you do, of course.

I’m speaking for my fellow peeps who plan on spending the day sending faxes, making copies, and other office activities. We want to wear makeup, but we don’t want to go overboard. I know for a fact I will not walk into work wearing a plain face with the baggiest under-eye bags exposed and a few other imperfections, so what can we do? Alas! The easiest before-work makeup guide that anyone can achieve. You just have to have the willpower and practice to do so. Follow this routine and doing your makeup before work won’t be a total disaster.

1) Do your usual skin care beforehand.

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Before you apply any makeup, proper skin care is mandatory. A clean and moisturized face will make your makeup look ten times better. This can easily be done while you’re in the shower to save time. Use your usual face wash or exfoliating scrub and wash away! When you’re drying off in front of the mirror, apply your toners, moisturizers and other products you use.

2) Tackle your usual brow routine.

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Everyone’s is different. You know yours. Get it done.

3) Prime that face.

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Primers help your makeup go on smoothly and last longer through the day. If that isn’t essential for an average 8-hour shift or more then I don’t know what is. So prime that face!


NYX Studio Perfect Primer, Clear, 1.0 oz/30ml

4) One layer of foundation.

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One layer. That’s all you need, I promise. A heavy face isn’t necessary and realistic for you today girl. I know it’s easy to get carried away and add on like four extra layers and end up melting by noon, but like I said before, this routine takes practice. Also, remember to blend as if you haven’t blended in a thousand years and you’re ready to go on a blending spree.

5) Conceal what’s necessary.

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Under-eyes and eye lids are the most necessary in my routine, but if you have a few more obvious imperfections that you want to cover up then be my guest. Remember the overboard rule – don’t do it!

My favorite concealer:


L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer, Light Ivory, 0.28 Ounce

6) Add depth to your eyelids with a bit of brown eyeshadow.

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For an easy before-work makeup routine, doing your usual five-shades of eyeshadow is just too time much. Simply add a brown eyeshadow or any shade that’s darker than your skin tone to add some nice depth your your eyelids.

7) Mascara.

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To flutter away at the many annoyances you run into at work.

8) Add a tinted lip balm and STOP.

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Tinted lip balms add a nicer and more natural touch than your regular coatings of lipstick for a work day. This is the last step of the before-work makeup routine so finish strong!

And that’s all that you pretty much need for a fast and simple before-work makeup routine. If you have some extra time add in some bonuses like blush, highlighter or a thin eyeliner. Remember the goal is to not waste anymore valuable time doing more than you should before work and keep your makeup more on the natural side and less on the dramatic side. After all, dramatic looks are best saved for places you would rather be.

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