Everyday/Hospital-Appropriate Makeup Routine

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.

The Base

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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.

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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).

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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.

The Eyes

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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.

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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!

The Lips

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):

  1. Colourpop’s Ultra Matte Lip in “Times Square”
  2. Velvet Vanity’s Matte Lip in “Fluorescence”
  3. Sephora brand’s Outrageous Plump Effect Gloss in “05”
  4. Colourpop’s Matte Lippiestix in Parker, I usually pair this with their lip liner in “Brink”
  5. Colourpop’s Matte Lippie to Go in “Crack Me Up”, it’s a lippiestix and liner in one
  6. 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?!




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