Ace your makeup: Office appropriate berry subtle smokey eye

We sat down with Estee Lauder Global makeup artist Leo Wong to find out all the tips and tricks to nail this simple subtle smokey eye makeup look that will get you all the right attention

In the workplace, we all want to stand out, for the right reasons, that is. After all, nobody wants to be remembered as the one who wore a vampy eye makeup look to the office.

And when it comes to rising through the ranks in our chosen fields, you wouldn’t think that your daily makeup look could be the one thing holding you back.

Hence, it’s really important for your office makeup look to reflect the ambitious, go-getter that you are.We consulted the help of Hong Kong based makeup maestro, Leo Wong, to create a makeup look that is polished and professional, yet fabulous enough to transition from the boardroom to the bar.  

1. De-puff your face with a massage

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Starting with a clean face, apply a nourishing face serum like the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II to hydrate and smooth out your skin. Next, Leo recommends massaging the serum into your skin to “add dimension and de-puff the face.” With broad circular motions, you'd want to start your massage by going under your cheekbones moving.

Next, move gradually towards your forehead and massage with the same circular motions, but this time, you want to go downwards. Using the tips of your fingers, apply upward pressure and sweep from the tip of your chin and up to your temples. After that comes moisturiser, which is crucial especially if you’re going to be in a frigid air-conditioned office setting.


2. Apply your eye cream


The eye area is very thin and delicate compared to the rest of the face, and it requires the most attention since it shows signs of ageing first.

Rather than slathering on your eye cream, tap a pea-sized blob of cream underneath each eye with your ring finger. Next, gently massage your eye area in an upward motion with your ring finger. Doing so will help to de-puff the eyes.


3. Mix your foundation with a few drops of serum

via GIPHY (Leo is using the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation in 2CO Cool Vanilla)

In a 2:1 (foundation to oil) ratio, mix your foundation of choice with some serum on the back of your hand for that dewy luminous finish. To ensure that your skin looks dewy and not oily, Leo suggests opting for a serum with an oil-free formula.


4. Buff foundation into the skin


For that airbrushed and diffused finish, pick up some foundation on the back of your hand with a blush (not foundation!) brush.

Apply and buff the foundation lightly into the skin using small circular motions to get full coverage without looking cakey.


5. Conceal your under eye circles and imperfections


“Concealer usually comes in limited shades so if you mix your foundation with your concealer, you can create your own customised shade,” said Leo. Dip a concealer brush into your foundation concealer mixture and create an inverted triangle shape with your concealer.

Gently blend the concealer (Leo is using the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Concealer in 1C Light (Cool) into your skin. You can tap the concealer into your skin if you need more coverage. Set all your base makeup with some loose powder. If you want your base makeup to last all day, “put loose powder first on the base and foundation as the second layer because the loose powder helps with the absorption of the excess sebum.”


6. Create a dot with your eyeshadow


Open your eyes and look straight into the mirror. With an eyeshadow brush and a dark eyeshadow, you want to create a dot in the crease of the eyelid. This will be serve as a “guide to show you where your eyeshadow should go,” added Leo.


7. Use an eyeliner as an eyeshadow base


“Smokey eyes is a trend for the winter season”, said Leo.

Rather than layering eyeshadows to build up the colour and intensity, you can easily achieve that smokey eye effect by drawing a thick line with your eyeliner before smudging it out with an eyeshadow brush.


8. Apply a pop of colour to your lids

via GIPHY (Leo is using the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Colour Palette in #10 Envious Orchid)

Pick up some purple berry eyeshadow with your eyeshadow brush and blend out that dot you created earlier on. Leo chose a berry tone that has more blue in it to bring out the warmth in our model's skin tone. If you have a fair complexion, you could opt for a berry shadow with more red in it.  Next, with some shimmery eyeshadow, you want to soften any harsh lines.


“You can use your fingers for creating a dramatic eye look but for that natural look, you'd to use a brush for added precision,” said Leo.

With a big fluffy brush, dust away any eyeshadow fallout. You want to follow up by lining your lash line and curling your lashes with mascara.


9. Complete your makeup look with blush and lipstick


“The focus (of this makeup look) is on the eyes, so the lips should be more subtle”, said Leo. Add a subtle flush of colour by applying some coral blusher (he used the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush in #360 Witty Peach) to your cheeks using a light tapping motion.

via GIPHY (he used the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush in #360 Witty Peach)

Next, apply a tinted lip balm or a light pink lipstick. With a lip brush, Leo applied a muted rose lip colour (Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Paint-on Liquid Lip Colour in #105 Naked Envy) on the entire lip before layering a darker coral lip colour (Estee Lauder Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick in #333 Persuasive) in the centre of the lips to create a gradient look.


And there you have it, the office appropriate berry subtle smokey eye.