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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  • Great suggestions! What’s the Fit Me foundation like? I’ve thought about trying it but I tend to have very bad luck when it comes to changing my foundation to something new.

    Isobel, Perspeculor

    • It’s a medium to full coverage foundation. Because it comes in two finishes (sounds like we’re describing paint here haha), it really suitable for a lot of people! I use the dewy and smooth, but I’ve also used the matte and poreless one too. I will say that the dewy and smooth has a tendency to get oily throughout the day. I have normal skin, so it’s not too oily, but I do notice that by noonish I need to use a blotting sheet or reapply powder. I have mixed the dewy and smooth with the matte and poreless, and it was great! I’m not a big fan of super matte foundation, so mixing the two really created a nice finish that wasn’t too shiny or too matte. Plus, this foundation is only around $6 so it’s a great deal!

  • What a great post! I would love to hear your thoughts on the NYC bronzer. I love bronzers and this one looks very nice. It is more on the warm/orangy side? So rather for bronzing not too much for contouring, right?
    Is it easy blendable?

    Have a lovely day!


    • Thank you! The NYC bronzer is really the only bronzer I’ve really tried. Find a new, maybe less warm option is on my to-do list! It is on the more orangy/warm side, but for me, it gets the job done. It’s matte which is really nice! Because it’s matte, it kinda lets you get away with the fact that it is on the warmer side. I do use it for contouring, but like I said, it’s the only bronzer I have. If you build it like crazy, I do think the warmness of it be really apparent, but for light, everyday contouring it works great! I use the fluffy powder brush to blend it with my blush and it blends really well! I think it’s a great go-to if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a bronzer. If you have a suggestion for a great bronzer/contour that’s affordable and found at the drugstore, I’d love to know! Hope that helped!

  • Love your post, your makeup looks so fresh and natural! <3

  • Great post! The makeup looks so good on you! It looks fresh and natural. I’m going to have to try those Elf eyeshadows! Are they pigmented? I personally use the Maybelline The Nudes palette on a day-to-day basis, but I’d love to try other brands out!

    • Sometimes e.l.f. shadows are hit or miss. I have a ton of their palettes (thank you high school me for ordering way too many) and this one is one of my faves! These shadows in particular are pretty pigmented. Of course they’re not going to be as pigmented as say a Naked palette or something, but they’re still really good! It’s only a couple bucks so it’s totally worth it!

      • I’ll definitely make sure to check them out then! 🙂

  • I love that you used so many e.l.f and NYX products, those are two of my favorite brands! I am also a pretty big fan of Wet n’ Wild. But, those three would definitely be my favorite “drugstore” brands. I also have been meaning to pick up the Real Techniques sponge. I currently use a Beauty Blender, but I’ve heard they apply foundation very similarly!

    Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

    • I love the sponge for foundation application! It makes it look so natural. I’ve never tried the actual Beauty Blender, though.