I don’t always wear makeup everyday. It really depends on my mood, how much time I have and what I’m doing that day. I also don’t always wear makeup to hospitals, especially if its just for an hour or two. However, I always feel that makeup just makes me look and feel more put-together, and it takes me maximum 10 minutes to do.
Believe it or not, I actually googled if there were any GMC guidelines on makeup for doctors and there was nothing besides info on dress codes, so I took it upon myself to share what makeup I feel is appropriate in a professional medical setting.
As with any makeup, it all begins with a good primer. I have very combination skin, so I use different primers depending on the hydration of my skin that day. I use the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter for days where my skin is very dry, or if I want an extra glow. On oily days I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and on mixed days I use the BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. As you can see the photo finish and poreless primers are deluxe samples I got from Sephora, but they’ve lasted me a while since very little is needed.
On most days I don’t wear foundation, and just use the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. I use the shade “Sand” (as with most foundations) and have been enjoying this as it has spf and is lightweight. I usually mix this with a drop of the Iconic London Illuminator in “original” as i like the way it brightens makes my skin more radiant (plus on hospital days I don’t wear highlighter).
If I know I have a long day ahead or if my dark circles are really bad, I conceal with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer in “Medium Neutral”. As you can see, I don’t do the ‘concealer triangle’ on an everyday basis, and just put a little bit and blend it out with my beauty blender. I’ll then set my under eyes with a bit of the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.
I think brows are essential in framing the face, and I’m lucky enough to be blessed with pretty thick brows. When doing my brows, I just define the shape a bit more and fill in sparse areas rather than colour them in. I use the it Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil to shape and fill in, then set them with the Benefit Ready, Set, Brow Gel.
I like my brows lightly shaped and thick.
I don’t wear eyeshadow on a day-to-day basis, but do use my Tweezerman Eyelash Curler and Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes waterproof mascara. I’ve always had a hard time taking off waterproof mascara, but I’ve been using a Sephora sample of the Too Faced Mascara Melt Off dissolver and it’s been working really well. I just directly apply them to my lashes, rub them gently between my fingertips, then wipe off with some makeup remover. It saves me from furiously rubbing my eyes!
For everyday/hospital environments, I usually like to wear a pink-nude. I find that brown-nudes tend to look too dark on me and can sometimes wash me out so I tend to stay away from them. I generally like to wear matte lipsticks during long days, but lately I’ve also been loving satin and glossy finishes. My fave nudes are (top to bottom as in photos):
- Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip in “Times Square”
- Velvet Vanity’s Matte Lip in “Fluorescence”
- Sephora brand’s Outrageous Plump Effect Gloss in “05”
- Colourpop’s Matte Lippiestix in Parker, I usually pair this with their lip liner in “Brink”
- Colourpop’s Matte Lippie to Go in “Crack Me Up”, it’s a lippiestix and liner in one
- Laura Mercier’s lipstick in “Rosewood”
Swatches are in the same order.
This is the finished look. Wouldn’t you say this is the face of a responsible, friendly and professional-looking medical student?!