FOTD: My Basic Work Look

Hey everyone! I wanted to do a Face of the Day (FOTD) blog post on a basic look for work. Depending on what kind of work you do... it might be more or less dramatic than necessary. I'm a morning news anchor, so I need something that's long wearing, makes me look wide awake, and doesn't make me look washed out under bright lights. These pictures were taken after a day at work... my makeup had been on for about 11 hours and the only thing I touched up was my lipstick (promise!)

I often switch up the products I use because I'm always testing out new things, but today I caught myself doing a pretty classic look that I've been gravitating to more & more. It's a basic taupe eye with soft peachy cheeks, some contouring to create more angular features, and a medium/neutral lip. I know this look is still a bit "glam"- but I think it's still appropriate for a professional setting. Here's what I used!

  • ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer (not shown)
  • Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Fresh Beige & Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse in Natural Beige- mixed
  • Mally Cancellation Conditioning Concealer in Medium (under eyes, around nose)
  • Laura Geller Balance & Brighten powder- Regular
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (contouring)
  • Milani Baked Bronzer in Golden (light dusting all over)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Peaceful
  • ELF High Definition Finishing Powder (not shown)
  • NYX HD Eyeshadow Primer (not shown)
  • Tarte Eye Couture Day-to-Night Palette (explanation below)
  • Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black (upper lashline)
  • Mally Evercolor Automatic Eyeliner in Onyx (smudged, lower outer corners)
  • L'oreal Double Extend Carbon Black Mascara
  • Rimmel Soft Kohl Eye pencil in Pure White (waterline)
  • Revlon False Eyelashes - Intensifying (applied w/ Revlon Precision Lash Glue)
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Sunset (dupe of MAC Viva Glam V)

I was looking to try some new Tarte eyeshadows (I love them), and happened to be at an Ulta this past Friday so I treated myself to the Eye Couture kit. Not only is the packaging adorable with purple quilting and a little lock & key detail... but I love the shades inside. This palette is also small enough to toss in my makeup bag for work... and speaking of work- these color options are just great for getting a pretty look that doesn't go overboard. Here's how I got the look shown above...
  • Pale shimmery color- bottom row, second shade-- apply this all over the lid, also as a highlight
  • Deep grey-ish brown- top row, third shade-- apply on outer half of the lid, and blend into the outer V area
  • Medium bronzy-brown- top row, fifth shade-- use it to blend out the deeper shade in the outer V
  • Sparkly black- bottom row, fifth shade-- smudge over lower liner

These swatches correspond with the way the shadows are placed in the palette. I'm really pleased with the pigmentation and variety in this 10-shadow kit. I used this palette for an even more dramatic look Saturday night- so it allows you to pull off a smokey eye- no problem! It also came with a mini Tarte eye primer, a double ended liner, and a double ended brush. The shadows are all full-size, so at $44 I think this is a great value! :)

Daily Nuggets...
  • I love watching the beauty shows on QVC (watching one right now!)
  • I answered a bunch of random questions on Formspring
  • There are Peeps Marshmallow flavored ice pops at Walgreens for $1 a box. Run, don't walk. These things are AMAZING.
  • 5-year Anniversary for Tyler & I this Friday! Thank goodness Facebook is there to remind him. Kidding!
  • I swear, I have some of the nicest viewers ever on YouTube. As if it wasn't enough to take the time to watch, the kindness in the comments section is so appreciated. ♥ you all :)


  1. Always love your looks Emily, i look forwars to your new posts and youtube videos. Keep going! Much love from London, UK! X

  2. Ooooo that Tarte clay blush looks so pretty on you! Please follow me on my new beauty blog:


  3. elegant and cute

    enter my giveaway

  4. Wonderful!
    I like your make up!

  5. beautiful look, as always! you have always been one of my favorite gurus :) you are always so down to earth and honest and I really appreciate the effort you put into every video/review that you do. keep up the good work!

  6. This look is so pretty! I would love to see more looks with this palette, it has inspired me to break this palette back out of my collection :)

  7. That looks really pretty, especially that blush.

  8. Gorgeoussss!!!

    XOXO, CC

  9. Hi Emily!!! i just started a blog and id love for you to come check it out if you have time!!!

    I've been following your videos since the beginning and i really appreciat your time you put into all of them! keep up your good work!!!

  10. Lovely, very neutral with an extra little something <3

  11. Simple yet pretty look! Love ur blog posts...


  12. I love the purple one in the Tart palette.
    Thank you always for the great tutorials and videos:)

    Congratulation for the 5 year anniversary!!!!


  13. This is really gorgeous Emily :) Love this look :)

    Love Christine ♥

  14. Very pretty, professional, and sophisticated everyday office look. Also, congrats to you and Tyler!

  15. Pretty! I have 3 Tarte eyeshadow palettes and they are great! Love their shadows. Still tempted to get the NeutralEYES Volume II Natural Eye palette. We shall see. Happy Early Anniversary! *clapping*

  16. You're gorgeous, as always ^^
    I really love the lisptick ^^

  17. Pretty palette:)

    please check out my giveaway on my blog-

  18. I love that you use drugstore makeup and high end makeup. Some of the makeup gurus on the internet use lots of high end makeup and end up presenting their tutorials in a way that implies that anything but high end isnt worth spending money on. You're so refreshing because you handle both types so well!

    Your elf pics are right on target with what I've found I reach for as well. Face primer is one of my favs of all time.

    Speaking of primers how does the Nyx eyelid primer compare to others? Is it better/same as the elf eyelid primer or Urban Decay?

  19. You’re always beautiful and today is no exception; I absolutely LOVE this eye look-tut please? I'll bet you end up with dozens of requests for this look! I almost bought that Tarte palette! I remember it’s REALLY nice in person! I think I did buy it (as a gift for someone else!) I considered it while searching for a Naked palette (have it now!) I was told the Tarte shadows have a treatment element to them...any thoughts on that? I'd love to think I was treating my eyes while wearing those beautiful colors!
    Thanks! =D Kat

  20. This is my second try to reach you and I hope that I'll do it correctly this time. You are an Insperation Emily. Such a pretty intelligent woman willing to share her love and knowledge with everybody. I started to play with Make up at my age of 50 now and it is fun. I always wore Makeup but just the basics. Mascara, Eyebrowpencil, Blush, Lipstick. I had no idea how to apply Eyeshadow or just play. Thanx forgiving me the courage to care about myself.

  21. Thanks for the swatches and you're really pretty! I've always wanted to be an anchorwoman le sigh. I'm a new follower! Mind following back? :D

  22. Hey Emily, I'm kinda a new subscriber and I like your You Tube videos and your blog. I look forward to them. The other day I was at Target and I saw a 10 piece makeup brush kit by E.L.F. for $ 10. I thought that was neat. I don't know if it is a new thing or not to their line, but I thought it might be a cool thing for you to review if you want. Anyways, have ana good day.

  23. I really enjoy your posts. I am having trouble finding Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Sunset. I have checked in various stores throughout Houston and San Antonio. Has this color been discontinued?

  24. Fab and as weird as it sounds your eyebrows are perfection!! So hard to get a good shape but you've achieved it !! xx

  25. Love the look, and that lipstick is just gorgeous

  26. I absolutely love this look! You are gorgeous!

  27. Always a fantabulous look (yes it's a Wor;D
    TY for the Great Info.

    Say, could you tell us where u would place this in your Makeup World as far as quality compared to other brands and compared to the Tarte brand and, say singles within the Line?
    And also could u do a video on which palettes you find yourself consistently reaching for on a regular basis?


  28. It's a great fairly neutral look for work. For folks who aren't on-camera (as I know you are!), I'd recommend skipping the false lashes. Otherwise, I think this is a pretty universal office-friendly look. Some folks may need to go slightly lighter on the eyeshadow, which could be easily done by using a shade lighter than the darkest shades you used here.

    For folks who need to go a little more "fresh-faced" for work or perhaps even school, you had a really nice FOTD here: that would work nicely.


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