As a remote employee, I've been working from home for 4.5 years, which is a long time. My WFH tricks have certainly fluctuated throughout the years, but one thing that's remained constant is that I always put on makeup, and on the rare days that I don't, I feel less awake. Yes, it's in my head, but if something keeps me from being productive, regardless of whether or not it's tangible, I'm not going to do it. I'd much rather just take the extra 10 minutes to put on some makeup in the morning.
The thing is, I steer clear of heavy makeup and stick to only natural products that allow my skin to glow as opposed to masking it. And I don't bother with a lot of gadgets and tools. Just using my fingers, for the most part, speeds up the task a lot. I've stuck to the same types of products for years because they're glowy and easy to apply. Scroll to shop them for yourself in case you too find yourself working from home these days (or just want some new product recommendations).
Step One: Tinted Moisturizer and Concealer
Tinted moisturizer is my friend. I've tried plenty of different ones, but this is my favorite, as it provides just a bit more coverage than most and stays on all day.
I don't get as much sleep as I should, but this concealer makes me look like I got eight hours. It blends beautifully and melts into your skin.
Step 2: Pressed Powder and Cheek Color
I love a dewy glow but not a shiny glow. A thin layer of this powder does the trick, as it's perfectly sheer.
Cream blush is my favorite for working from home. It's much more natural than powder, and I find that this one doubles as highlighter because it stays dewy.
Step 3: Eye Shadow and Mascara
This is the eye shadow I use as my base layer every single day. It neutralizes the redness and is also great on its own as it has a soft shimmer.
A wash of this pretty shimmer over the lids is the only other thing I apply. It miraculously never creases. It's the best cream eye shadow on the market, hands down.
Glossier's signature mascara gets a lot of hype, and it's all justified. It helps lashes hold a curl and provides natural length.
Step 4: Brow Pencil and Gel
When it comes to brows, I always try to avoid obvious pencil marks. This hard, waxy formula blends right in, so no one will know. Guess that's why it has 2.5K reviews and almost five stars on Nordstrom.
I love full, natural brows, and this Hourglass gel amps them up the perfect amount. The two-sided brush is genius and never deposits too much of the gel.
Step 5: Lip Balms
I can't stand the feeling of lipstick or gloss when I'm working from home, but I like moisture and a hint of sheer color. I'm obsessed with this dusty-rose balm, which provides both.
This is one of those beauty products I've bought multiple times over the years. It stays on for hours and looks good on everyone, as it reacts to your chemistry. It's truly like your lips but better.
More Products I Love For When I'm Actually Leaving the House:
There's no doubt that Tom Ford lipstick is wildly expensive, but the luxury doesn't stop at the packaging. I find the formula to be exceptional for long wear and even application.
I usually reserve perfume for special occasions, and this one from Byredo is my absolute favorite.
The iconic egg shape of this hand cream is half the fun of pampering my hands before I go out.
For a day event or evening out I amp up my coverage a bit, and Dior's Forever Skin Glow gives me more of a flawless finish than my usual tinted moisturizer. I also love that it has built-in SPF so I can think about one less thing.
Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.
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