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How much (if any) makeup do you wear to work?

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nicelyneurotic Sat 15-Feb-14 22:35:07

I wear a fair bit of makeup to work, a little bit of everything - foundation, mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, blusher and lipstick.

Most of my colleagues wear little or no makeup.
I'd like to do this but would feel self conscious, shiny and worried I look ill (am pale with dark under eye circles).

Was wondering what/how much makeup you wear and if anyone has any tips for a less made-up, but polished, look?

BackforGood Sat 15-Feb-14 22:35:34


chanie44 Sat 15-Feb-14 22:37:07

For years, I wore none but recently I've been wearing a bit of primer, blusher and lip gloss.

MrsCurly Sat 15-Feb-14 22:37:21

None. I'm the boss too.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sat 15-Feb-14 22:38:55

The works, but a natural look.. am a receptionist.

SirChenjin Sat 15-Feb-14 22:39:45

I wear foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blusher and lipstick. I never really go completely make-up free - I'm too pale and just look tired and washed out.

Featherbag Sat 15-Feb-14 22:41:10

I wear foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara and eyebrow pencil. I don't like to look too 'done' but I'm a nurse, I'm aware that often my face is what people are looking at when they're given devastating news, they don't need to see I've been up half the night with the small ones! I like to look professional and, to me, that means the basics of make up.

DramaAlpaca Sat 15-Feb-14 22:41:47


ggirl Sat 15-Feb-14 22:43:25

tinted moisturiser or very light foundation
eyebrows done - they are non existant otherwise
eyeliner -tightlined

Wishyouwould Sat 15-Feb-14 22:44:14


Bananapud Sat 15-Feb-14 22:45:30

Quite a lot but a natural look and only takes 5 minutes:
Primer, tinted moisturiser, concealer, blusher, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow mousse, powder. I don't look much different without any but I think I look a bit better with.

Mrswellyboot Sat 15-Feb-14 22:46:37

I wear eyebrow definition (hd brow kit)
Tiny bit of eyeliner and mascara
Sweep of powder and bronzer
Bit of lip gloss

I look worse with heavy make up but look sick with none. I am dark and very pale so need the bronzer.

MsWinnieBaygo Sat 15-Feb-14 22:48:32

I tend to wear a little bit of everything I just don't apply as much as if I were going on a night out/dressing up. So to work I wear:

YSL Touche Elcait for under eyes
Concealer if needed
Light foundation
Loose powder to set
Blusher and/or cheek highlighter
Subtle eyeshadow
Eyebrow pencil

Disclaimer: I don't have children so appreciate that I have more time to faff about in a morning

I go through phases, sometimes nothing except eyebrow pencil (essential as mine are dark and gappy). Other times I will consistently wear foundation (cream to powder), eyebrow pencil, eye primer, neutral shadow, brown liner, a touch of msscara and a neutral lip colour. Most of the women I work with wear none. We're not public facing.

Mrswellyboot Sat 15-Feb-14 22:49:40

Just in answer to your question, would you ditch the foundation and go for powder with coverage?. I use creme puff by max factor

Aso if I wear eyeshadow I use a really light pink shadow from Clinique that opens up my eyes and is so much fresher than a brown or grey shade.

TheBuskersDog Sat 15-Feb-14 22:50:24

Foundation or BB cream and cheek tint every day, occasionally eyeliner and mascara.

Leviticus Sat 15-Feb-14 22:51:44

Foundation, concealer, eyebrows, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blusher and powder.

The idea is to look like I'm wearing none.

EvilTwins Sat 15-Feb-14 22:55:49

Concealer, powder, blusher, eyeshadow, eye liner & mascara. Otherwise I look half asleep. I never realised how much more alive I look with blusher on until after I had my DTDs.

Left my make up bag at work one day last week (had stayed late for the school production (teacher) and had forgotten to take it home - I don't normally take it with me) and had to get DH to take the kids to school so I could get in early and sort my face out before registration, otherwise I would have scared my students grin

CointreauVersial Sat 15-Feb-14 22:58:54

Mineral powder foundation
Neutral eyeshadow

So, nothing too colourful, but just enough to stop me looking like a potato.

nicelyneurotic Sat 15-Feb-14 23:02:58

Mrswellyboot - I used to just wear powder, no foundation, but it made me look a bit chalky... Might investigate tinted moisturiser or bb creams.

Interesting how some wear the full works and others none at all.

Would love to be able to do it all in 5 mins. Very impressed that some of you are so fast!

nicelyneurotic Sat 15-Feb-14 23:04:49

cointreau lol at looking like a potato! I'm sure you don't.

Bunbaker Sat 15-Feb-14 23:08:34

I wear primer, Boots Intelligent Colour foundation, blusher and lipstick.

I am very pale and look washed out without make up. I don't wear any on non work days unless I am going out.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 15-Feb-14 23:10:35


Health Care Professional
Naturally lovely
Too busy in the morning getting DS,DD,DH and guinea pigs sorted
Too lazy

AmyTanFan Sat 15-Feb-14 23:11:14

Clinique foundation, mascara, Clinique lipstick. I like Clinique lipsticks because they are very light - I don't like to feel too made up. I wore blusher until about a year ago when my daughter pointed out I looked like a china doll. Never touched it since!

blueshoes Sat 15-Feb-14 23:14:18

I wear the same as OP but without the mascara and eyeshadow but use eyeliner. I wear a dark berry lipstick (MAC media), which I use everyday. It suits my colouring and looks natural on me.

Make up is my war paint. Looking groomed and polished is part of my professional persona. I work in risk and compliance and I am more effective when I get people's attention.

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