With so many people working from home, or with greatly reduced formality requirements if you are going into work, I thought this might be a fun discussion: what’s your current skin, makeup, and hair routine right now? How does it compare to your previous routines?
For my $.02, having worked from home for a while now, I know these routines can change a lot once you’re working from home and not seeing too many other people. As I’ve written before, when I was a lawyer I had work makeup and going-out makeup; weekend makeup was pretty much me, barefaced, in workout clothes until it was time to shower and get ready to go out. Once I started working from home I struggled with finding a happy medium and settled on what I now call my 2-minute look: MLBB tint or lipstick, blush, concealer, waterproof eyeliner — only occasionally mascara or eyebrow pencil, although I benefit greatly from both; eye shadow is a pretty fancy day. These are pretty much all of the makeup products I use regularly; I basically pick the eyeliner shade based on my mood. (Chanel eyeliner is by far my favorite, but I have a lot of others right now.)
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My Current Work From Home Makeup Routine
For skin products, if you’re like me, your skin routine probably hasn’t varied too much, although you may have time for more masks, maybe being more careful about your sunscreen if you work outside or in a sunnier spot than you worked — it also is a great time to try a retinol product and get past the inevitable first few weeks of flaking. In addition to the skincare triumvirate of Vitamin C, retinol, and sunscreen, I do occasional overnight masks from Sunday Riley Good Genes or LANCER Intense Radiance Awakening Mask; I also occasionally do a pre-shower mini-mask with Drunk Elephant BabyFacial. (Here’s my review and comparison of Good Genes vs Drunk Elephant.) For general facial moisturizer I’m liking Drunk Elephant’s Protini, but I have a huge quantity of Clinique moisturizer somewhere in my bathroom that I need to locate. (For winter, with dryer skin, I still swear by Bioelements’s Really Rich Moisture.) I just bought a second container of 9 Wishes’ Foaming Rice Face Wash for in-shower use, and I still like Glossier’s Milk Jelly for washing my face in the morning.
For hair, working from home allows for a ton more air drying — I recently put my beloved Revlon straightener in the closet since I figured a) it’s summer and b) I’m not going anywhere where I’d prefer to have straight hair. (I actually gave myself a haircut a few weeks ago, cutting each individual curl — didn’t take crazy long and looked ok immediately after, but as it’s growing out I’m definitely eager to go back to my hairstylist! (As I’ve mentioned before my family is high risk for a variety of reasons so we’re still pretty isolated; it will probably be a while before I get an actual haircut.) I did recently have the thought that I could try styling 3rd day hair with my Sleep Stylers, but instead of sleeping in them just wearing them around the house for an hour or so — but I haven’t tried that theory yet. I generally rotate through pretty affordable shampoos and conditioners (Kirkland, Giovanni, Not Your Mother’s), but I splurged on a large size of Caviar Alterna’s Anti-Aging Shampoo and Conditioner a while ago and still feel like my hair looks best with it. I’m not currently doing a “curly girl” routine, so at the moment I’m using lots of hair stylers with silicones… when I remember to put them in.
Readers, how about you? How has your skin/hair’makeup routine changed in the past few months? What are you finding to be essential — and what not so much?
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