Due to the mass of beauty products that cross our desks each day (hey, we're not complaining) and the volume of artists and influencers we've questioned about their best makeup tips and tricks, you'd think that perfectly winged eyeliner and expertly contoured cheekbones are on our daily beauty agenda. But that's certainly not the case. Like for most busy New York City– and Los Angeles–based 20-somethings, sometimes a quick swipe of this and a dusting of that is all we can muster up. But in terms our usual looks, it's certainly not Instagram-level makeup either—just whatever makes us feel confident.
What's also interesting (but not too surprising) is that we each have very different signature office looks. For instance, I like to wear a full face of makeup every day (even when I'm running late, which probably contributes to my lateness, if we're being honest) while Deven likes to keep her look a bit simpler and quick. To read about each of our looks along with the tried-and-true makeup products we swear by, keep scrolling!
"Doing my makeup truly helps me wake up in the morning, and strange as it is, the more 'done' my makeup is, the more awake and ready for the day I feel. So my go-to office look tends to be vibrant but professional. My complexion is the element I leave the most natural—I tend to forego foundation in place of a tinted sunscreen like Elizabeth Arden's Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($68), followed by my trusty Urban Decay Naked Concealer ($28). From there, I do a very slight contour with my fave Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette for bronzer, then a Nars Contour Blush ($42) and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème ($38) for highlight. For brows, I've been reaching for Pixi's Natural Brow Duo ($16). Next, I'll normally layer on a couple Radiant Aqua Eye Veils ($22) by Fiona Stiles, a subtle liquid eyeliner flick if I'm feeling fancy, mascara, and finally a fun lip color like one of MAC's new Liptensity shades or a Too Faced Melted ($21). Whenever I do something more minimal, I just don't feel quite like myself. Though I suppose as long as I have blush, mascara, and a hot lip color, I'm good to go." — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
"My signature office look (if you can call it that) is very minimal. If I didn't have such pale blond lashes and brows, my 'look' would probably be nonexistent. But they are, so every day, I use two products: eyebrow pencil and mascara. I curl my lashes and apply whatever mascara is handy (currently I'm loving Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara, $45). For brows, The BrowGal's Skinny Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe ($23) never fails me.
"On days when I need more of a look, I just enhance—I'll tightline the upper lash line with a little navy-blue eyeliner, highlight the brow bone, and blend some color corrector into my dark circles. The final touch is always Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer $70). Once that's on, I feel complete." — Deven Hopp, beauty director
"My signature office makeup look rarely fluctuates: penciled-in brows (thank you, Tonya Crooks, for creating the world's most perfect brow pencil), curled lashes, black liner with a hint of a wing, dewy pink blush (courtesy of Tom Ford's Cream Blush in Pink Sand, $68), and a taupe-pink lip. In fact, my desk is actually a joke because it's a constantly rotating mess of lipsticks—that are all the same color. (E.g., Dior Rouge Dior in Rose Montaigne, $35; Ilia Lipstick in The Brides, $26; and Victoria's Secret Beauty's new Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stain in Perfection—out October 18th—are all pretty much the same shade of nude-pink-taupe. Send help, can't stop). On occasion, I'll swap in a moody wine or dark berry lip depending on my mood, but for the most part, the rest of my makeup never changes. It's a look that easily goes from day to night (I keep Rimmel's Magnif'eyes ($7) in my purse at all times and smudge it over my daytime liner then blend it out for a three-second smoky eye, if I'm doing drinks after work) and, more importantly, was easy enough for me to execute while driving to work in L.A. Now that I'm in New York, I've yet to muster up the courage to do my makeup on the subway, but the day will come, I'm sure of it." — Faith Xue, editorial director
"I generally like to look minimal but polished—I never like looking too 'done,' and wearing too much makeup wreaks havoc on my skin anyway. I usually start by mixing a few drops of cream foundation with a serum (right now my go-to combo is Laneige's Cushion Compact ($34) and Tatcha's Serum Concentrate, $110) so that I have an amazingly moisturized base that still lets my natural tone shine through. After that, it's usually just brows, mascara, a little lip liner, and some highlighter. I also have used the same Burberry eye shadow color for years: A light bronze-y tone in the brand's Mocha palette ($60). It makes my eyes pop without overdoing it." — Victoria Hoff, news editor
"I have a hard time putting makeup on first thing in the morning—I'm the furthest possible thing from a morning person. I usually start off makeup-free. But I do keep a stash of products at my desk just in case I have a big meeting or event to attend. Even still, I tend to keep things pretty natural. I always start with SkinMedica's HA5 Hydrator ($178) to moisturize my skin. It acts a primer and really smooths out my face and creates this great canvas for makeup. Then, I move on to Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation ($44), which is seriously a miracle product. It covers everything—from redness to zits to dark circles. Because I suffer from dark under-eyes, I apply Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Concealer ($27) in a peachy tone to neutralize the blue. I use a bit of powder or bronzer (depending on the season) to set and swipe on Tom Ford's Extreme Mascara ($45). It's one of the few mascaras I've found that lengthens, curls, volumizes, and doesn't smudge throughout the day. Finally, I do my brows. I'm obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury's Brow Lift ($30) and Mary Kay's Brow Gel ($11)." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
"I've worn a full face of makeup since the seventh grade, which is unironically when I started getting breakouts. It was a bit of a snowball effect—I needed concealer to cover up the breakouts, but concealer in random spots on my face looked too strange, so I covered everything with foundation, then set with powder. But a full face of foundation looked too stark, so I needed to offset it with eyeshadow, mascara, blush—you get the idea. I've become so comfortable in a full face that I never go to work without everything on. It's become a bit of a security blanket, but it also makes me feel confident and happy, so I'm fine with it.
"I start with my go-to Revlon ColorStay Foundation ($10) that I've been using for eons (seriously—nothing I've tried stays on all day or covers as much), followed by a dusting of Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Powder ($28). Then, I lightly contour with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder ($42) and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush ($34) on the apples of my cheeks and up into my cheekbones. I then move to brows (Nyx Microbrow Pencil, $10, FTW), followed by a few swipes of the taupe and brown shades from the original Naked Palette ($54) on my lids and Nars Eyeliner Stylo ($27) along my lashline. I finish off with Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Mascara in Bloodroses ($29) on my lashes and Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop ($38) along the bridge of my nose and on the center of my forehead. Phew!" — Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
What's your signature office makeup look? Tell us below!