Easy, Everyday Makeup Tutorial for Work or School

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It is officially the season of fall! We are all back to the hustle and bustle of school, work, and the joy of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. In this post, I will be sharing tips for creating an effortless and polished daytime look that can work for school and work, but can also work for happy hour and late night study groups. It’s easy to do and will only take you ten to fifteen minutes. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prep
Before applying makeup be sure to start with freshly cleansed and moisturized skin. Don’t forget to incorporate a product with SPF into your routine to protect your skin from environmental damage. After applying sunscreen, apply a foundation primer to help keep your makeup in place all day. In this look I am using my Laura Mercier Oil Free foundation primer and applying it all over my face with a foundation brush. It’s great for a normal to combination skin type.

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Step 2: Complexion
For this look we are trying to achieve a fresh and natural glow to the skin. I’m using the Cover FX CC cream for light coverage and I love the way it gives a seamless look to the skin. If you have concerns about redness or the occasional breakout then try the Smashbox Halo foundation. It is more coverage than a CC cream but it is very lightweight and won’t look or feel heavy on the skin. I applied my CC cream with a damp beauty blender all over my face.

For concealer I used a small amount of Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer. This product gives great coverage so you only need a tiny amount and blend it with a concealer brush.
I set face with Laura Mercier’s Universal Loose Powder with a fluffy powder brush. As a makeup artist I prefer using a loose powder to set makeup because it seals the makeup without compromising the finish of the CC cream.

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Step 3: The Eyes
This eye look compliments all eyes colors and can translate well to most skin tones. Start by applying your favorite eyeshadow primer all over your lid and up to your browbone. I used Shadow Insurance from Too Faced. For my base color I used Clinique’s Chubby Sticks for eyes in Ample Amber, a luminous rose gold color, and blended it from lashline to crease with a synthetic shadow brush. Creamy or liquid products are best applied with a synthetic brush because a natural hair brush will soaked up too much product. To define and contour the eye I used Saddle by MAC in the crease. It a soft warm brown that makes a great transition color. On the outer corner of the eye I used a deep matte brown shadow called Coffee Bean by Kevyn Aucoin. I also lightly blended it on the lower lash line to create a soft smokey effect. This color is so versatile I also used it to fill in my brows. I completed the eye look with Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced. It gave me full gorgeous lashes with only two swipes.

Step 4: Lips and Cheeks

To give the complexion some warmth I used Tarte Amazonian Clay powder blush in Dollface. This has been my favorite Tarte product for a long time because it works on almost all skintones and creates the illusion of a first kiss blush. For the lips I used Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense in Curviest Caramel, a pinky-nude that is hydrating and compliments the cheek color.

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