On any given weekday, most would choose a few more minutes of sleep rather than make time to get make-up right. But make-up artist Elton Fernandez has a time-efficient routine that requires fewer minutes than the drive to work.
Prep, prep, prep
“Prepping the skin is always important, no matter what the weather, or the skin type,” insists Fernandez. “Even if your skin is oily, you must prep the skin with an oil-free moisturizer.”
Prime when necessary
Because most working women spend large parts of the day sitting in air-conditioned environments, Fernandez deems primers unnecessary on a daily basis. If your job is not the sedentary kind and involves lots of activity and exposure to the sun, then put on a primer.
Keep the base light
You don’t need HD-worthy make-up to make it through a day at work. Use a concealer sparingly, he advises, “just on the inner corners of the eyes and the under-eye area”.
Better yet, find a full-coverage foundation which will work as a medium coverage concealer under the eyes. For the rest of the face, thin out the foundation formula with a moisturiser and use it as a tinted moisturiser.
Open up the eyes
Using a lash curler is essential, says Fernandez. “Most people don’t understand it,” he laments. “At least three out of 10 Indian women have droopy eyelashes. Even if you apply mascara, it’ll keep it there for a while but then the weight just pulls it down.”
To counter, he suggests, “Give your lashes that initial support by curling them thoroughly. It really gives you that alert look and remembers the shape when you put mascara on.”
While kajal on the waterline is a go-to for most Indian women, he prefers liner on the top lid for the office. “I feel like a top liner makes the eyes look more open, alert, makes the lash line thicker.”
“Kajal, post lunch, can make the face look a bit tired. And then there’s no graduation to a night look if you’re going out straight after work.”
If you must wear kajal, as many are wont to, he recommends trying softer shades like a soft grey, browns, bottle green or plum for the day, and turning to your trusty black at night.
Let your lipstick multitask
For working women who don’t have the time to put a look together, Fernandez has a quick, convenient tip. “Whatever lipstick you’re wearing, take a little bit of it on your finger and just rub it on your cheeks [as blush],” he says. “You always carry a lipstick in your bag. It doesn’t take much space. People usually wear nude-pinks to work and any of those colors can be used on the cheek.”
This article originally appeared on Vogue India : A working woman’s make-up guide