Work Essentials: Quick, Basic Eyeshadows

I've previously blogged on some make-up that is work appropriate but I thought I'd do a series on make-up that's quick and easy for work. Now that I have a three month old (I can't believe he's that old already, but my under eyes definitely know it's been that long), time really is of the essence when it comes to myself. I have mastered the art of squeezing in every bit of make-up and skin care into very little time, much like I've mastered the art of sounding sane even though I can't remember the last time I slept.

MAC Cork eyeshadow

I know, looking at the shadow, you think I've lost my mind. Although that scenario is quite possible, this shadow truly is a life saver. Cork is a matte, warm, medium brown, and it's very close to the natural colour of my lids. Only without the unevenness or possible veins you can see. It instantly makes me me look polished and professional and imperfect for the most conservative environments. If you want to jazz it up a bit, just add a more exciting liner and it's still office appropriate without unleashing your inner teenager. The shadow itself lasts well, but over primer it lasts a good 6 to 8 hours. For those days where you're applying shadow while drinking your morning coffee, Cork is perfect.


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Anonymous said...

Thank you, Anu! This is fantastic.
Btw, I've asked for work make up in one of your earlier posts.

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Bruce said...

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Buyology student said...

I've been looking for a nice matte brown for agggges now and this one seems perfect!! :D

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Pratibha said...

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Kev Stevens said...

This blog is a great source of information which is very useful for me. Thank you.

11:32 PM
Anisha said...

Yes! I love Cork so much. I always use that as an eyelid color and define the crease with Mocha. Such a subtle, polished look!

Love your blog, btw!


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Farah said...

Been looking for one for quite long, thanks for the post! Will def buy it. Quick question, will this go with a black eye liner? or does it need to be brown?

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