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Quick and easy back to work makeup routine

Quick and easy back to work makeup routine
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With more offices and workplaces opening up again, it's time to refresh our beauty essentials. By creating a simple, streamlined makeup routine, you can enjoy precious extra moments in the morning whilst still looking flawless. Discover the products that are saving us time, and ensuring a perfect finish with every application.

Radiant Foundation

The Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a popular product in the LOOKFANTASTIC office, as it makes the complexion look incredible. It can be applied using a brush or a beauty sponge, and there are is an excellent shade range. The foundation coverage is buildable, allowing you to create a customised foundation finish. You'll love the soft-focus effect that also looks fantastic in photos.

For the ultimate pairing, use alongside the Armani Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer. This nourishing primer adds a natural dewiness to the skin that complements the foundation perfectly.

Soft finish Concealer

Concealer is an essential step if you like to look more awake, and want to cover imperfections. The Maybelline Instant Anti-age Eraser Concealer is everything you need in a concealer - it brightens dark circles, delivers anti-ageing properties, and hides blemishes. We recommend this concealer for all skin types, as it has a matte finish but keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day.

To extend the wear of your concealer, add a light layer of powder such as the Maybelline Master Fix Loose Transparent Setting Powder.

Neutral Eyeshadow

We consider the NYX Professional Makeup Warm Neutrals palette as the ultimate everyday palette, making it ideal for an office makeup look. The beautiful warm tones look flattering on everyone and require little to no skill to apply. Offering high pigment that blends effortlessly, there are so many neutral looks you can try out.

For best results, start with an eyeshadow primer and layer the eyeshadows with an eyeshadow brush such as the NYX Professional Makeup Pro All Over Shadow Brush. We love using lighter shades to highlight the inner corner and brow bone, then opting for mid-tone shades as transition shades. The darker shades can be used to smoke out the outer corner, add definition to the crease, and add a soft shadow on the lash line.

High-impact Mascara

Looking for a mascara that creates instant volume whilst also caring for your lashes? Meet the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Volumising mascara. With an ultra-black formula that builds up to intensify the lash look, this mascara does it all.

Enriched with Castor oil, the wonder ingredient to nourish your lashes, the Paradise Volumising mascara delivers intense volume and incredible lash length. You'll love how lightweight this mascara feels - this truly is a miracle product. Simply apply in the morning, and your lashes will stay looking perfect throughout your day at work.

Liquid Highlighter

Highlighter is often the best part of a makeup routine, adding a gorgeous glow to the complexion. The Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Elixir is a wonder formula that can be used as an illuminating primer, mixed in with foundation, or as a liquid highlighter. You can blend using your fingers, a beauty sponge or a stippling brush.

Quick and easy Manicure

Feel free to skip your manicure appointment - the Essie Gel Couture range helps you create salon-worthy nails at home. The two-step process is quick and fuss-free, giving you ultimate flexibility when you want to switch up your nail colour.

Apply the Gel colour first, then follow with the Essie Gel Couture Clear Nail Polish Top Coat to seal in the colour. Once the top coat has dried, you can enjoy a long-lasting gel manicure without the need for a UV lamp. Your colleagues will want to know how your at-home nails look so professional.


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