The day has arrived. WFH to WFO, the transition has come with a mixed bag of emotions for many. While you’ve probably been looking forward to meeting your colleagues and sneaking out for cups of chai, what you probably dread is the ‘what do I wear today?’ dilemma, with clothes and makeup. Gone are the days when you could make presentations wearing your PJs. The time has come to look your best and ace office like a pro.
But while entering the office every day looking like nothing less than a diva, makeup on fleek, clothes on point, you realize your makeup does this little number – it can’t keep with you. Within a matter of hours, you’ll notice your makeup having a rather dramatic meltdown.
Now only if there was a makeup that worked as hard as you. Makeup that could keep up with the day, match you step for step and ace it like a pro, just like you. We get you. And that’s why we’ve got the perfect set of makeup essentials that’ll last 8 hours and more. No smudged liner, no more streaky mascara. Just a glorious, happy face.
But before we get into the makeup essentials, let’s start with the most important rule of makeup – Prep.
So, what do we mean by Prep?
Prep is the step before you actually apply your makeup. Waking up early will not just give you enough time to apply makeup properly, but will also help reduce the morning puffiness around the eyes. When in the shower, cleanse your face properly. Do not scrub your skin or splash cold water from the fridge. Use lukewarm water and wash your face with a gentle face wash. The face wash will rejuvenate your skin and give you a squeaky clean canvas to work on.
1. Primer is Primary
Primer before any makeup. It is no secret that it’ll keep you looking picture-perfect all day. What a primer does is that it evens out your skin tone, closes pores and reduces fine lines and helps blur them out. Moreover, it holds your makeup and moisturizer in place and does not allow your skin to get dry. This in turn helps the base foundation to stay in place without looking dull. A water-based primer works best to keep your makeup intact. Mattifying and smoothening primers work wonders for sultry summers.
The Official Fave – ColorBar Perfect Match Primer. It is an oil-free primer that smoothens skin and creates a flawless canvas for your makeup. Enriched with Vitamin E, it is paraben-free, had no allergens and is formulated in the USA and Germany. Want one? Get it here.
Secret Hack – Did you know your primer can work as an instant lash lengthener? Apply some primer on your lashes, and then apply mascara for oodles of volume.
2. Fabulous Foundation
A good foundation works wonders. A long-lasting, lightweight, oil-free foundation will give you the look you want, without making your skin look greasy and oily. Smile for all those ‘at work’ selfies and we promise your crease-free makeup will have compliments coming your way. Say goodbye to that cakey look and opt for a full coverage foundation that promises to last for 24 hours. If your foundation has SPF, nothing like it.
The Official Fave – SUGAR Cosmetics Goddess of Flawless SPF30+ Medium Beige, For Long Lasting Coverage. Enjoy the golden undertones with a no-makeup look with this ultra-lightweight aerated mousse-textured formula. Enriched with in-built SPF30+ protection that guards against photo-ageing and helps boost cell renewal. Dermatologically tested and approved, this is a100% safe for your skin. Want one? Get it here.
Secret Hack – Always buy a foundation depending on your undertone. To check your undertone, notice the colour of your veins under the wrist. If they are green, you have a warm undertone. If they are blue, you have a cool undertone. A combination of green and blue indicates a neutral undertone.
3. Waterproof Eye Makeup
Be it eyeshadows, liners, or mascaras, choosing a waterproof one is the way to go. It’ll save you from those embarrassing panda eyes, and better still, it’ll ensure your eye game is A-game keeping it budge-proof and smudge-proof, all day long. Here’s a tip – liquid liners last longer than pencils when your lids are moist. Finally, a product that works as hard as you.
The Official Faves – MyGlamm Superfoods Kajal is the kajal you have always waited for. Power-packed with the goodness of Avocado Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil and Goji Berry Extract, it not only protects the eyes but also delivers a long-lasting impact in just one stroke. Flaunt eyes that speak with power and finesse. Want one get it here?
Also, when you’re the boss babe, you got to keep an eye out for those details. Accentuate your gaze with the fabulous smudge-proof, waterproof Maybelline New York Colossal Bold Liquid Eyeliner that lasts up to 24 hours. It comes with a brush tip applicator and a long handle that is easy to glide over the eyelids as well as to remove. Give your eyes the oomph factor with this.
Secret Hack – Make your eyeshadow appear more vibrant by applying a white eyeliner first and then applying your eyeshadow on top of it. The white liner will make the colour pop.
4. Lip-smacking Lip Colours
Play up your lips with oodles of colour that will last long and prevent streaks. Remember, line your lips before you apply the lip colour inside. Apply a dash of compact reapply lipstick. A vibrant shade can instantly brighten your mood. But if you have a presentation or an interview, opt for subtle shades that look classy and elegant.
The Official Fave – Lakme Absolute Matte Melt Mini Liquid Lip Colour. With a range of vibrant shades, the velvety matte formula is long-wear, feels feather-light on your lips and creates a stunning suede-like finish. Designed in travel-friendly packaging, this mini liquid lip colour is in fun-sized mini mattes and will be your constant companion.
Secret Hack – For a smoother lipstick application, always exfoliate your lips before applying the lipstick.
Super-handy tips to try on those manic days!
- Got an impromptu presentation? Dab some lipstick on your cheek for some natural, blush-like finish and ace the meeting.
- Always carry a lip balm. So even if you forget your lips, a quick smear of lip balm will lend your lips a glossy sheen and keep them well-moisturized.
- Keep blotting tissues handy. In the case of a makeup oopsie, you are well-armed. Blotting tissues also help in soaking up excess oil.
- If you have a desk job that entails screen time, ensure you slather sunscreen every 4 to 6 hours. The screen, too, emits UV rays, though minimal, it can cause skin damage in the long run.
And that’s a wrap. Chase those deadlines and look good while doing so, because, with these products, your makeup is going to keep you looking your best, all day long. So ladies, look pretty, ace your work, ace your work look and look the boss babe you’re meant to be.