Make-up for Work and Play

It’s often hard to find the time to put on a bit of make-up, but when you do you always feel better, don’t you?

You don’t need an excuse to put on a bit of lippy other than to feel good about yourself so whether you’re on the school run, at home or going to work – try and find time to do something with your face.

If you’re going back to work or to an interview being well presented, smartly dressed and fresh faced will give a good impression of being organised and efficient at your job. If you’ve got into the habit of not wearing any make-up while you’ve been at home, you might be tempted to go out and fill up your make-up bag with new bright and glittery products to reinvent yourself. This is a great idea to pep you up for your days off and nights out but you want your first impression in interview to be what you say about yourself not your garish make-up. So keep it simple for the workplace and let your CV do the talking instead of your thick eyeliner!

Stila Lip & Cheek Tint - Yumberry Crush, Space NK, 17

Stila Lip & Cheek Tint, Space NK, £17

But this doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with an office look. Make-up Artist Sarah Grainger says “A bold lipstick can look confident and chic so long as the fail safe rule is remembered: dramatic lips, neutral eyes. This rule also works reversed; however dramatic eyes in the workplace are usually a no-no.”

Unless heavy eye make-up is done well – which is hard to pull off with your mascara in one hand, your breakfast in the other and a child who won’t have their teeth brushed under your arm – it’s probably best left for an evening out.

If you feel clueless when it comes to make-up, you might want to consider investing in group or private tuition with a make-up artist who can give you professional impartial advice on what suits your face. Years and fashions (not to mention your hair colour!) may have passed since you last bought an eye-shadow. It’s also a good opportunity for you to spend some quality time with yourself, close your eyes and be pampered!

Time is precious whether you’re a working mum or a stay at home mum, so you need to ensure quick and simple make-up application that will still leave you looking fabulous! So if your make-up bag is harbouring a foundation from your teenage years it’s time to have a clear out. Here are some tips for simple make-up.

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Palette - Classic Matte, Boots, £10.25

No7 Stay Perfect Eye Palette - Classic Matte, Boots, £10.25

Eye shadow

Stick to a neutral eye colour which will brighten your eyes and make you look awake (even if you’re not!). Finish with a quick coat of black mascara.

Vitamin E Tinted Moisturiser, Bodyshop, £10

Vitamin E Tinted Moisturiser, Bodyshop, £10

Tinted moisturiser

Tinted moisturiser is a quick one stop shop to give the impression of a fresh and healthy look which will help cover any uneven skin tone or blotchiness.

Powder compact

If you’re prone to shiny skin choose a powder with a yellow rather than a pink undertone – even if you do have pinky skin – or a translucent powder suits most skin tones. Try to apply with a powder brush which gives a more even covering.


Get a matte blusher close to your natural blushing cheek shade. Stila lip and cheek stain is a good, quick non-drying solution for both lips and cheeks.


Sarah Grainger says “Lip stains are a great no fuss option as are glosses for their quick re-application. When choosing lipsticks stick to matte

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment,, £4.75

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment,, £4.75

shades. You do have more scope for expressing yourself with your choice of lip colour, personally I love pinky nudes for day time. If you’re going out after work you can glam it up with a layer of gloss.”

Or if it doesn’t feel like a lipstick kind of a day use a shiny lip balm like Lucas’ Papaw Ointment or Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream which will give you shine and moisture at the same time.

Top Tips for simple make-up:

  1. Choose good quality products which will last longer to avoid having to touch up your make-up halfway through the day.
  2. Try products like tinted moisturisers and lip and cheek tints which will save you time and keep your make-up bag lighter.
  3. Sarah Grainger says “Remember, at work your make-up should enhance who you are as a person, not define you. You want to be noticed for your ability to do your job, not for those extra-long spider lashes!”


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