DO YOU HAVE A 'FACE' YOU PUT ON TO FEEL ON TOP OF YOUR GAME AT WORK? WE ASKED SIX BEAUTY INDUSTRY HIGH-FLIERS FOR THEIR MORNING MAKEUP ROUTINES
The reasons why we wear makeup are vast and can be hugely personal. For some, the effect of a feline flick or a red lip can go beyond just the surface, and new research from Mintel, exploring the emotional ties UK women have when 'putting on their face' illustrates how powerful it can be. 64 per cent of the women surveyed said that wearing makeup made them feel confident, 43 per cent said it made them feel attractive, 16 per cent felt more professional and 15 per cent more empowered; and, with sales of UK colour cosmetics set to reach £2 billion in 2017 (up by 7.2 per cent from 2016), the nation's love of beauty products shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
At GTG, we love to have an inquisitive (okay, maybe nosy...) rummage through the makeup bags of those in the industry, but with so many of us turning to cosmetics for a confidence boost, what do some of the biggest names in beauty put on to feel good when they're at work?
From a podcaster to an executive coach, nutritional therapist to a makeup artist, here some of the industry's most high-flying experts share their go-to 'work face', be it a stay-at-home makeup-free vibe or their so-called game face for when they really mean business...
"For me, I think there's something about wearing makeup being part of a self care ritual more than anything - spending a bit of time in the morning giving back to yourself. My look is minimal but it's really giving a message to myself that I deserve a bit of time and effort and that can literally be just a touch of lippy. I think all too often we are rushing about and having that time, even 10 minutes (which is literally the time it takes me, max), is a positive way to start the day.
I'm generally less is more when it comes to my beauty regime as I don't like to feel like my face is 'done' in any way and when it comes to products, I tend to veer towards ones that are more naturally-based and high performance. I love the new Annee de Mamiel Atmospheriques range which has been created to help protect against environmental damage (especially important when living in London where my skin is constantly exposed to pollution and external stress). I also love May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden Botanical Facial Mist, £68, and her Blue Cocoon Beauty Balm, £174, which admittedly is on the super pricey side, but it lasts ages as you only need the smallest amount. I also use Twelve Beauty products if I feel that my skin needs some additional 'love', so to speak. Its Hyaluroil Lip Treatment, £28, in particular is brilliant to plump and moisturise my lips. I also like new brand Disciple for its Dreamy Skin, £42, that contains retinyl to help with anti-ageing - I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin since using this.
After this, I use Ilia's Vivid Foundation, £36, that contains moisturising coconut as well as a unique ingredient called chios that helps to reduce pore size and shine. It provides a natural medium coverage that gives a radiant glow. I pair this with Ilia's Concealer, £25, that has arnica and is brilliant for under eye coverage and a dusting of its Fade Into You Translucent Powder, £30, that contains aloe leaf extract plus passionfruit and rosemary oil to soothe the skin.
My other go-to brand is Kjaer Weis as not only are its products created by a makeup artist, but the packaging is super luxurious too. I love its Cream Blush in Above and Beyond, £41, at the moment and I also use its lipstick in Love, £42, to give an instant pop to lips. My other fave lipstick is Ilia's Tinted Lip Conditioner in Crimson & Clover, £22, if I'm going for a red lip or Shell Shock for something more muted. I do tend to change my lips and blush day to day depending on my mood, meetings and outfit for the day.
I tend to go more neutral if I'm in my practice with clients, but if it's a talk that I'm doing then I think a bit of colour gives confidence and attracts the audience in a way too. When it comes to my eyes, I keep it very pared-down as they're quite a strong blue and kind of get lost if I overdo it. However, I recently found the most incredible mascara - Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, £60, - that lengthens and promotes growth. I also go to my failsafe lady Suman to get my brows in check regularly. I think the right (or indeed wrong) brows can make or break the overall aesthetic and she is seriously gifted where that's concerned.
Rahua haircare products help tame and moisturise my naturally wavy hair and a few drops of O&M's Frizzy Logic Serum, £23, leaves my hair shiny.
I finish my 'game face' off with On The Road Edition Perfume by Timothy Han, £120. Every time he brings out a new addition to the range, I'm more addicted than the last. They are truly exceptional and a spritz of this makes me feel like I can take on anything that the day ahead has in store.
Excerpt from Get the Gloss