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Easy, chic makeup for office Christmas party


So, Christmas is here again; and we expect office End-of-year parties as well. When the year winds down, work schedules go up as companies rush to meet annual goals and targets; so certainly, your work load goes up as well. In the midst of this, is the office party you might not be ready for.

But do not worry. You do not need to pack a specialty makeup bag for the office party as you can comfortably go from day to night with this makeup tip. Here is what you need:

Luminous foundation alone – buy Mary Kay Timewise luminous foundation
A simple creamy, moisturizing lipstick. For this example, I used Mary Kay ginger bread lipstick
Blush – you can carry one or use same lipstick as blush
Eye liner


This makeup tip is simple and quick. Just go into the rest room, wash the stress off your face, allow to dry and moisturize your face.
Begin by applying concealer under your eyes
Then apply luminous foundation on your face. You do not need any powder what so ever. The luminous foundation gives a sheer finish that is great for a night out.

And then, apply your lipstick on your eye lids as cream eye shadow. Or you could pack regular eye shadow if you like.
Line the upper lash line with eye liner. Skip the lower lash line.
Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Apply red lipstick. I used Mary Kay Fire cracker

And you are done in 5 minutes!

This look is simple, chic and vintage. If you live a high stressed life, this is your go -to makeup.

Happy holidays!



How to choose the right foundation for your skin

When choosing the foundation to wear, its suitability with your skin type is as important as its quality or brand. When buying foundation, look out for its composition as foundation can be oil based, water based or mineral based and suited for different skin types. Other factors to consider when buying foundation is the purpose for which you want it to serve. Do you have spots or blemishes to conceal; do you desire luminous glow for your normal skin or you desire a flawless finish for your flawless skin? This is why foundation come as light coverage, medium or full coverage; as luminous effect or simply sheer. Whatever your makeup need, there is a foundation for everyone.


I get this a lot and is why I am writing this post; many women do not know the right foundation type for their skin type! This is why I hear things like this brand works, or no, that does not work. All foundations work; you are just using the wrong stuff.

To start with, know your skin type. Do you have normal or combination skin? Do you have oily or dry skin? Another factor to consider is whether or not you have anything like spots or blemishes to conceal. So, to know your skin type, begin with your T zone which is your forehead, nose, chin and cheeks. If your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin are shinny, then you have oily skin. If your skin is prone to pimples, then you have oily skin. That is how to know you have oily skin. But if you have shinny nose while the rest of the T zone is not shinny, then you have combination skin. Dry skin is usually shine free but dry and sometimes flaky. Normal skin type is shine free, spots and pimples free.

Now that you know your skin type, here are the different types of foundation: foundation types do not necessarily mean the forms in which they are presented but its composition.

Oil-based foundation can come in creme, liquid and stick form. It is best for dry skin.
Mineral-based and water-based foundation is best for oily skin.
Luminous foundation adds glow but does not sit well with oily skin so most suitable for normal and dry skin.


Sheer foundation provides light coverage and is suitable to all skin types so long as you have no blemishes to conceal. Sleek New skin Revive liquid foundation provides sheer coverage and is why many Nigerian women think it is no good. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this foundation; just don’t wear it if you have blemishes to conceal. However, It is especially difficult for this foundation to sit well on an oily skin in our hot, temperate weather. It does not last long.


Medium coverage foundation provides a good enough coverage and usually come as liquid, which is good because they contain moisturizing benefits. Mary Kay medium coverage foundation sits well on all skin types.

Full coverage foundation are mostly presented as creme or stick foundation and provide enough coverage to conceal blemishes. If the foundation is oil free, then an oily skin can use it. However, many full coverage foundation in creme and stick are usually too heavy on an oily skin and do not allow the skin to breathe. So if you have blemishes, go easy on it. And at the end of the day, please cleanse your face before bedtime so your skin can breathe.


Foundations are presented in various forms; sometimes depending on their types and functions.

Liquid foundation: My favourite form of foundation is liquid because I live a foundation that gives me a flawless, natural finish; and I always go easy on makeup so liquid is my go-to foundation. Liquid foundation could provide either sheer or medium coverage and are easy to apply with my finger tips. Liquid foundations are suitable to all skin types and if you have oily skin, go for Mary Kay Timewise matte liquid foundation which blots shine. It provides long wear and is so convenient to use, you do not need to wear any powder over it.


Creme or stick foundation: provides full coverage, except otherwise stated! Try Flori Roberts stick foundation – it is smooth, creamy and moisturizing. If you have oily skin, use with caution.

Luminous foundation: This adds glow to the complexion and with this, you do not need to apply bronzers but if you have oily skin, it will not do you as much good as it would normal skin because luminous means shine while your oily skin is already shinny!


Foundation mousse is the new cool for most skin because it is a light weight formula and one that moisturizes as well. It is especially difficult for people with oily skin to wear it in the African heat as it cannot take the heat.


Powder foundation: this dual functioning foundation is presented in powder form as such “kills two birds with one stone!” Meaning you do not need to buy foundation and powder separately. It works well with all skin types and is convenient. Try Mary Kay powder foundation; you will love it.

If you are pleased with this post, please share with us the foundation you use and why.