Press Snooze: 3-Minute Office Makeup Tricks

While taking your time getting ready for a night out or an important event is beyond glamorous, a long-winded primping session doesn’t feel quite as essential for a day at the office. That said, going completely bare isn’t ideal either. Here to give us a crash course in achieving a sophisticated 9-to-5 look in just a few minutes time is celebrity makeup artist and TZR contributor, Charlotte Tilbury.

Get Charlotte's Step-By-Step

"Office makeup should be neutral, natural and quick to apply. You want to look fresh, alert and gorgeous in a matter of minutes."

Photo: @ctilburymakeup.

Magic Cream Moisturizer


Charlotte Tilbury

Step 1: Hydrate Skin

"Start with my miracle-working Magic Cream moisturizer – it's perfect for parched skin during a hard week."

Wonderglow Soft-Focus Beauty Flash


Charlotte Tilbury

Step 2. Even Skin Tone

"Follow with Wonderglow. I call it Gisele-in-a-jar because it makes you look like you are lit from within and gives you that '8 hours sleep' radiance that we all crave midweek!"

The Retoucher Concealer


Charlotte Tilbury

Step 3: Hide Dark Circles

"After your foundation, erase any dark circles or blemishes with concealer. You'll want it to feel like a veil of color; avoid heavy, cakey formulas that'll just sit on your skin."

Eyelash Curler


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Step 4. Curl Lashes

"Start your eye makeup by using a good eyelash curler. Think of it as a push-up bra for lashes, making you look instantly more awake."

Step 5. Add Color To Lids

"Soft chocolate and taupe shades are universally flattering and so office chic. Use a blending brush to wash the color across the lids using a windscreen wiper motion."

Eye Shadow Blend Brush


Tom Ford Beauty

Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate


Charlotte Tilbury

Step 6. Define With Pencil

"I like to cheat bigger, brighter eyes by using a nude-beige liner inside the waterline to open the eyes. Then I use a soft, chocolate pencil along the upper lash line, drawing the line out into a subtle feline flick."

Eye Pencil in Coffee



Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eye Cheat


Charlotte Tilbury

Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara



Step 7. Paint Lashes

"Finish with three coats of mascara for gorgeously bright, Bambi eyes."

Step 8. Set With Bronzer

"Don’t be afraid of contouring – it enhances and defines your facial framework! Suck in the cheekbones and follow the hollow with a bronzer then dust highlighter over the cheekbones, down the nose and on the cupid’s bow for a luminous look."

Bronzer Brush


Tom Ford Beauty

Filmstar Bronze & Glow


Charlotte Tilbury

Lipstick In Sable Smoke


Tom Ford Beauty

Step 9. Add A Swipe Of Lip Color

"Finish the look with a nude lip color that'll complement your sultry, sophisticated eye makeup. I love Tom Ford's Sable Smoke."