Makeup for Work

Hello friends! So as you may or may not know, I started an internship last week which means I have to abide by workplace rules. Aside from having to dress up every day, which I love, I get to wear makeup! I’m don’t usually get to wear makeup as often as I’d like, it’s so nice to be able to wear it!

Have work ready makeup everyday with this simple makeup routine.

All in all, I think this look takes about 10ish minutes to do and requires no high end products. I’m a college student and I don’t have money to be spending $50+ on an eye shadow palette (although I would die to have the Naked3 palette by Urban Decay).


  • e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer
  • Maybelline FitMe Foundation
  • e.l.f. Essential Eyeshadow Primer
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
  • e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow in Beautiful Browns
  • Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
  • e.l.f. Blush in Candid Coral
  • NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
  • Maybelline FitMe Powder
  • NYX Under Eye Concealer
  • e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder in Cool
 Want to see a review on any of these products? Let me know in the comments!

work ready makeup


Before applying any makeup, I make sure to thoroughly wash my face and apply  lotion with SPF. Sun protection is a must. Nobody wants wrinkles, dark spots, or skin cancer.

work ready makeup

I prime my face with e.l.f.’s mineral infused face primer using e.l.f.’s stipple brush. I find that this evenly distributes the product and keeps my hands from being coated in it. Using the Real Technique’s makeup sponge I apply the Maybelline FitMe foundation. Right now I’m in between colors so I mix shades 110 and 120 to give me a custom color. Oooh a custom color. Wow that sounds way more fancy than it actually is… I then apply the NYX Under Eye Concealer with my fingers and set it with the e.l.f. Tone Correcting Powder using e.l.f.’s concealer brush.


work ready makeup

I prime the eyes with e.l.f.’s Essential Eye Primer and then add a layer of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, blending it with my fingers. Using e.l.f.’s Flawless Eyeshadow palette, I follow the labels on the shadows, applying them to the lid and crease. I use an assortment of Sonia Kashuk brushes to get the job done. I just rediscovered this palette in my collection, and it’s the perfect mix of colors.

work ready makeup

Swiping on a coat or two of Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara completes the look. Some days I might go a little heavier on the lashes or shadow, but this isn’t a going out look, so I keep things pretty light.

STEP 3: FACE (again)

Back to the face! I like to give my foundation a little time to set before hitting it with all of the powders. After giving my face a dusting of Maybelline’s FitMe powder, I add some contouring using e.l.f.’s bronzer brush and NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer. I then add e.l.f.’s blush in the shade candid coral, my favorite blush at the moment, to my cheeks.

work ready makeup

Things look a bit bold at this point, but taking a fluffy powder brush, I blend everything together. This “erases” all of the harsh lines between products and gives an overall flawless look. And there you have it. All of my daily makeup secrets have been revealed.

work ready makeup

What’s your favorite makeup product at the moment? I think mine is that beautiful e.l.f. blush. 

~abigail gray

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