Skin and makeup tips for a work-ready face
Hi babes, we’re Jess and Skye, and we both work for Miss FQ. Jess is our Fashion and Editorial Assistant who also works for Fashion Quarterly, and Skye is our Digital, Associate and Beauty Editor.
We went to school together back in the day, but now we’re lucky to work together and call each other our respective work bestie! Pretty cool, right?
While we’re super close and miss each other like crazy when one of us is out of the office, we’re slightly different in our work beauty routines and skin types. But maybe that’s what makes us the perfect pair to talk about our tips for a work-ready face.
Our morning routines:
Jess spends AT LEAST 45 minutes on her hair and makeup in the morning, whereas Skye likes to be in bed as long as poss 💤, saving her comprehensive beauty routine for evenings and the weekend.
“I love the ritual of getting ready in the morning and seeing the transformation, even on weekdays. 💕 I begin with the Garnier Micellar Water, a splash on a cotton pad freshens up my face, refreshes my skin from a night on the pillow and is the perfect first step for beginning my detailed skincare routine. Next, I use a gel cleanser with salicylic acid (breakouts, back off!), then a natural, fresh-smelling facial spritz is used to tone. After that, I love an illuminating moisturiser because I want my skin to look as glowy as poss, just in case I’m in a Miss FQ or FQ ‘gram that day. IMO, dewy skin always looks way better in selfies. 📱
“Before starting on my base, I always apply sunscreen and then opt for a primer with a hint of shimmer. The more glow the better in my books! ✨
“At the moment I can’t get enough of the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream in Medium. 💖 It’s super on-trend to let your natural skin show through at the moment, so with just a hint of concealer under my eyes, this product provides the perfect amount of coverage for a busy day in the office. I’m on a photoshoot every other week 📷 – sometimes outside braving the weather – so its promise of 24 hour hydration and SPF 15 protection is key.”
“Let me sleep in as long possible and give me a beauty routine that won’t make me late for my first morning meeting. Thank. You. Very Much. 💤
“The first product I grab from my top shelfie is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water which soothes my skin nicely, especially if I’ve done a purifying mask the night before 🙌 After cleansing with my mandelic and salicylic acid foaming cleanser, I use a benzoyl peroxide-free treatment serum to keep blemishes at bay. Sensing a trend here? Yep, I’m definitely a sufferer of pesky breakouts but they’re getting better 👌
“Lastly I moisturise and protect with my matifying SPF 50 moisturiser. Even though I spend most of my day in the office at my computer, I recently learnt that inside lights still omit UVB rays which can significantly damage your skin. It’s not just the sun – scary, huh?! Sunscreen is vital, even if you’re inside. ☀
“It will come as no surprise that I have to use non comedogenic, oil-free products for my makeup, too. That’s why the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Oil-Free BB Cream in Light is my jam RN 💚 No shine for me when I’m darting from meeting to meeting, let me tell ya! It’s also super quick and easy to apply with a clean BeautyBlender or a dense face brush, and offers an additional SPF 15 protection on top of my already-applied sunscreen.
“Next I use clear brow gel to brush through my brows to ensure they look polished yet textured. YAS to the fluffy brow 👍 I get a lash lift and tint every two months so I need not worry about mascara either 😍 I told you, I’m all about shortcuts when it comes to getting work ready; I’m too busy for anything else.”
We both say:
- We work at a fashion magazine so totes agree that a bold red lip suits any outfit 💄 However, we’re more lip tint gals ourselves. Instead of swiping, try dabbing your favourite shade on, finishing with a balm for a subtly stained, glossy pout. So on trend RN 💋
- Perfume is the perfect finishing touch, and while strong sexy scents have their place on date night, we’re not fans of bold fragrance in the office. Personally, we love fresh notes like the Philosophy Pure Grace perfume which yes, we both wear to work most days, never failing to compliment each other on how good we both smell 😂 before ending up in a fit of giggles.
- Just brush your hair, okay? 💇 If it’s greasy, use dry shampoo. You don’t have to use a curling wand or a straightener every day – we get it, too much effort – but just keep your mane tidy 🙏
This article was brought to you by Garnier BB Cream and Garnier Micellar Water – our favourite pair of beauty besties.