The world doesn’t stop just because we’re rapidly hurtling towards Christmas. Indeed, if your work is anything like mine, you’ve been busier than ever this past couple of weeks: I’ve had massive court decisions and consultation papers to cover on the daily, in a rush of what has felt like everybody trying to clear their desks before the turn of the year.
Now, I’m not complaining about this in the slightest. I love being busy at work! But when, as is also the case at this time of year, an increase in one’s workload corresponds with a ramping up of blog-related and social activities, you can’t help but feel as though you’re heading out to events looking less than your best. There ain’t no setting spray that I’ve found able to cope with 8+ hours under fluorescent lighting, staring at a screen while the office heating system lurches from roasting to freezing and back again. It’s why bright, glittery lip colours have become my USP: draw attention to the mouth, and nobody will notice that half your eyeliner is missing and your foundation has melted off in patches like the upholstery of an old sofa.
Fenty Beauty may not have been developed with my particular dilemma in mind, but given founder Rihanna’s reputation as a 24/7 boss babe entrepreneur who never looks anything less than flawless it wouldn’t surprise me. Fenty hit the headlines for its extensive line of foundation shades, designed to cater for those who struggle to find foundation (whoever would have thought the beauty industry needed more women of colour in product design roles??), as well as a range of universal products that work great with every skin tone. It meant few eye or lip products at first drop – but, with Christmas fast approaching, that’s all changed (although UK stockist Harvey Nichols has long sold out of those glitter eyeliners, soz).
With my nearest Fenty counter 50 miles away, I’m yet to brave a colour match for the foundation (though I have heard good things!). I have, however, found little lifesavers elsewhere in the range to get me from office to event-ready in minutes, without having to cart a full case of makeup around with me. And, much like the broader Fenty philosophy, it comes in three simple steps.
I’m going to start from the assumption that your office-to-party look requires you to touch up a full face of foundation. Because, while my stats reports keep telling me that this blog has more readers in their 20s than any other demographic, you will not be able to get away with looking office appropriate with nothing but a slick of moisturiser for much longer, my friend.
(Jokes, dae what you like, but I’m certainly past the age where I can’t wear at least foundation to work!)
Fenty offers two products for dealing with that distressing mid-afternoon shine: the Invisimatte Blotting Powder* (£24) and the Invisimatte Blotting Paper (£13, refills £8). The powder comes in a sleek, white mirrored compact with a sponge applicator, ideal for slipping into a handbag, while the paper comes as a little tear-off roll – like a tiny roll of tin foil, only it’s greaseproof paper for your nose.
Of the two products, the powder is much more effective when it comes to mattifying – although I’m not a fan of the sponge applicator and would recommend you use a powder brush instead, which greatly cuts down on the portability factor. The (refillable!) blotting paper roll, on the other hand, is teeny and easily stowed inside the tiniest clutch for emergencies. Personally, I’m moving mine into my desk drawer.
2017: the year I figured out what I was supposed to be doing with highlighter. Or, rather, that I didn’t have to figure out what I was doing with highlighter because, in the words of Rihanna, “makeup is there for you to have fun with”.
The Trophy Wife Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter (£26) was my first Fenty product; the one I queued up in Manchester for, not entirely convinced that I would ever use it, but that I had to purchase because I loved it that. much. I got a wee bit of stick in certain quarters after I introduced this admittedly impractical-looking product in my recent beauty loves post, but they’ve never noticed that I shimmer if I catch the light in just the right way.
Sure, you could build this for a night out, or sweep it over your browbone. But my preference is a single brush-stroke over the cheekbone to bring a little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it joy to my everyday face.
After something a little more subtle? Check out the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter duos: I like Mean Money/Hustla Baby* (£26) for a subtle pop of pearlescent shine.
Fenty, to the disappointment of many, concentrated on complexion-related products on first launch – but, if the shimmery lipsticks and lip glosses that emerged as part of the brand’s first festive capsule collection are any indication, these will once they emerge be well worth celebrating.
I’ve had the deep red Astro-Naughty Cosmic Gloss* (£16) and matching Sci Fly Starlit Hyber-Glitz Lipstick* (£16) in my bag for when I need that show-stopping finishing touch. The glittery gloss goes on beautifully and isn’t sticky, although it’s not the ideal choice if you’re off somewhere you’ll be doing a lot of eating/drinking. The creamy, shimmery lipstick on the other hand is an absolute delight, and while it doesn’t have quite the staying power of some of my favourite lipsticks who could resist pulling a bullet this gorgeous out of your handbag in public?
The holographic packaging of both products, but especially the lipstick, really plays up to the cosmic theme of the products, and makes them ideal for gifting too – if you can bear to be parted from them, of course. I’ve got my eye on the hot pink Gravity lipstick, if anybody is taking notes…
Do you have any quick office to party makeup hacks?
This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own and unbiased.