Girls, can I get a woot? I love it when we share our collective makeup knowledge to help each other out. Reader Jess could use a little of our makeup TLC.
I always read your blog and love how interactive you are with your posts.
I had a question. Do you have any advice on what type of makeup to wear to graduate school? I am a vet student and have to look professional and not done up since I will probably be doing some nongraceful work with animals.
Also nothing too smudgeable… wrangling cats is harder than it appears. I need to do something new with my makeup routine, which now consists of powder, mascara and chapstick.
Hey there, Jess! Congrats on grad school. Even though Tabs detests trips to the vet, I appreciate everything they do to keep him healthy and happy.
How Tabs looks when I tell him he’s going to the vet…
When it comes to conservative, workplace-friendly makeup, my rule of thumb is to stick to subtle colors, finishes and textures — nothing too bright, glittery or glossy. The idea is to look pulled together (as opposed to flashy) and to wear makeup that lasts.
Here are a couple quick ideas…
Powder to cut down the shine. You mentioned that you already wear powder. That’s great. If your skin’s in good shape, and you’re happy with your powder, then stick with it. Powder evens out your skin tone and cuts down on shine.
Now, if you have any red patches on your skin and would like something you can also wear to dinners or professional events, consider picking up a tube of tinted moisturizer to wear beneath your powder.
I really like Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer ($42) because it provides light-to-medium coverage and builds easily. Stila’s Sheer Tinted Moisturizer With SPF 30 ($36) and Becca Luminous Skin Colour ($42) are good, too.
First, add some color. Clinique makes a fab long-wearing cream shadow called Quick Eyes Cream Shadow ($15) that’s easy to apply and lasts all day long. I’m a big fan.
From top to bottom: Sparkling Nude, Lucky Penny
The ladies love Heather!
Other cream shadows I like: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Heather ($22) and Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit ($19).
Fluidline can look intimidating in her pot, but she’s actually really easy to use once you get the hang of it.
For work, I like either Blacktrack (a matte black) or Dip Down (a matte brown) in either a crisp line along the upper lash line or smudged around both the upper and lower lashes.
Finally, curl and add mascara. Consider splurging for the legendary Shu Uemura Lash Curler ($15). I think it really is worth all the hype it gets.
One last thing — get your brows in gear. Good brows can make a huge difference by helping to frame your face. Consider getting them waxed or plucked by a professional, or have a trusted friend help out.
Color your cheeks with cream blush. I love The Multiple Orgasm ($37; I know… The name is totally funny) cream blush by NARS.
It’s a shimmery peachy pink that many people consider universally flattering. I like to apply it with the Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Blush Brush ($15), but fingers work great, too.
Get yourself a neutral lipstick. I prefer lipstick over gloss in professional settings because I think it’s a bit more conservative. And if you’re going to be working with animals, with fur flying all over the place, you don’t want stuff sticking in your gloss (gross!).
Fergie Ferg, MAC Viva Glam spokesperson, and Viva Glam VI
The MAC Viva Glam Lipsticks ($14) are great. Like NARS Orgasm, the Viva Glam shades are also considered universally flattering. There are six Viva Glam shades; Viva Glam V (a shimmery neutral pink) and Viva Glam VI (a creamy pinkish purple) are my favorites.
Obviously, you’re going to be busy with school, so you won’t always have time to do everything. Just adjust to fit your schedule. Doing everything listed above can take from five to 15 minutes.
If you have…
- 15 minutes: Tinted moisturizer and/or powder, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick
- 10 minutes: Tinted moisturizer or powder, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick
- 5 minutes: Tinted moisturizer or powder, mascara and lipstick
Girls, what advice can you give Jess to help her look put together in grad school?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,