Your dilemma: a work appropriate look that can be glammed up in an instant and lasts well into the night. Deciding on a makeup look that can take you from work and beyond is a tricky one. A daytime look is pretty easy to pull off however if you have dinner, drinks or an event to go to after work it can be a little complicated. Should I do a full face of makeup to last the day, go completely bare faced (shock horror!) or figure out a look I can glam up in limited time? I like to do my makeup once in the morning (blotting and powdering - so annoying!) and fuss as little as possible during the day. If I do need to touch up or change my makeup at the end of the day, it needs to be quick and look great at the same time. I have chosen a selection of beauty and skincare lifesavers that are quick and easy to use, fit in your handbag and provide a multitude of options.
1. Prime, Prime, Prime!
Your first step towards a flawless looking face that lasts well into the night is most definitely a primer. Primers come in many finishes, textures and for many purposes so ensure that you choose one that suits your skin type. For long lasting makeup that doubles up as a highlighter, choose the Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Radiance Boosting Primer. This primer provides a natural gorgeous glow to the skin when applied before your foundation or when applied on top of foundation acts as a lovely subtle highlighter.
Tip: apply after your foundation to the tops of the cheeks, brow bones and bridge of the nose for a glamorous dewy finish.
2. It's all about the base
Choosing a good foundation is key and figuring out your skin type is just as important. This will help you to decide on the type of base that will suit you best. For a long lasting and perfect finish, choose the Makeup Atelier Waterproof Liquid Foundation. The key is in the name here, this foundation is waterproof…need I say more?! It will last no matter what your skin type is. The full coverage gives you a perfect flawless base meaning you may not even need concealer. The foundation provides a matte finish which can pair easily with a highlighter of your choice to bring dimension back to the face if you prefer a little sheen to your skin.
Tip: For something super long-lasting, but not as intense, try the Clarins Everlasting Foundation SPF15
3. Set It
Even with your long lasting base sorted, a little powder on hand is never a bad thing - always come prepared! A minimal amount of setting powder to fix your under-eye concealer may be all that's necessary, however keep this secret weapon in your handbag and you'll look flawless all night. A wonderful combination of makeup fixer and luminosity MAC's Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder covers all bases. It's translucency means it doesn't add any extra colour or heaviness to your makeup meaning light layers can be applied as needed. The light silky texture looks natural on the skin and optically reduces the look of lines, pores and imperfections - yes please!
Tip: For even more versatility try a pressed powder such as the Laura Mercier Pressed Translucent Setting Powder for perfect handbag convenience.
4. Add Some Colour
Bring the look together with with a flush of colour. Keep it quick and simple throughout the day and stick with a simple lip balm. Amp it up for evening with a bright pop of colour to the lips and cheeks to bring instant glamour to your look. Throw it in your handbag, no brush needed and multi -use, the Stila Convertible colour is the perfect option for lips and cheeks. Coming in an array of colours to please just about everyone, this multi-use product is compact, contains a mirror and best of all can be used on the lips and cheeks. Pat onto lips for a subtle but fresh wash of colour, or go bold and layer on to achieve an opaque show-stopping look. Just as simple to apply, pat and blend onto cheeks with fingers to add a natural glow.
Tip: For a multitude of shade choices try the Mirenesse Forever Lip Duo
5. Seal The Deal
Finishing your look is but a spritz away. Now you've determined your skin type, a great way to finish off your makeup and look like you just rolled out out bed looking perfect is a setting spray. Coming in an array of formulas, the setting spray is a foolproof way of sealing in all your hard work. Skindinavia's Makeup Finishing Spray is your insurance policy for ensuring your makeup stays looking flawless and perfect. Skindinavia comes in three formulas and travel sizes so you don't ever have to do without it. The Original helps prevent makeup from settling in pores, lines and wrinkles, sets makeup for up 16 hours, can be applied in the morning, throughout the day and evening and contains a surface cooling technology that helps to prevent makeup sliding or melting...phew! Truly a fantastic product that works hard and performs exceptionally well.