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  • What’s In Monikh’s Back-To-Work Make-Up Bag

    Having spent months at home – and only needing to put on a little lipstick for the odd video call – it’s been a joy to keep make-up minimal, let my skin breathe and spend more time taking care of my complexion. But as the world slowly adapts to a new normal, it would be a shame to go back to the old ways. Now’s the time to step into the new season with a skin-positive mantra: this is my face and I will do the best for it. With this in mind, here are my 10 favourite beauty products to help you do just that, as you move from Zoom to boardroom.

    By Monikh Dale

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    Attirecare

    Sanitising Hand Mist, Jasmine£ 6

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    Hand sanitiser is the new handbag must-have, but why not treat yourself to an extra-special one that is just for you, and not the whole family. Attirecare is an organic and environmentally friendly company making this everyday essential a lot chicer. 

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    Byredo

    Suede Hand Cream£ 44

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    We’re now used to washing our hands every five minutes or so, but they’re a little drier for it. Carry this Byredo nourishing hand moisturiser with you to apply after sanitising.

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    Estée Lauder

    Perfectionist Pro Multi-Defense Aqua UV Gel SPF 50£ 36

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    The sunny weather means we’re still able to enjoy being outside, but it also means we need to protect our skin. I’ve been wearing this Estée Lauder SPF religiously. It goes on clear – which is like gold for women with darker skin tones. Wear every day, whether it’s sunny or not. 

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    Chanel

    Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint, Light Deep£ 48

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    If you want a base that offers a little more coverage for returning to work, but still like skin to feel natural, try a water-based foundation such as Chanel’s Les Beiges Tint. This was my holiday foundation and the super-light, hydrating formula offers a glowy coverage that can be topped up with concealer where needed.

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    Glossier

    Cloud Paint, Dawn£ 15

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    While we all want to look as natural as possible, going completely barefaced when seeing colleagues can feel scary. For those situations, I dab Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Dawn on my lips eyelids and apples of my cheeks. I love an all-matching tonal look. 

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    Hourglass

    Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, Dark Brunette£ 27

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    There is nothing I love more than a big, bushy brow. Throughout lockdown, I stopped filling them in and instead used a gel to create a fluffy look, leaving the denser look back in 2019.

     

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    Glossier

    Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick, Cake£ 14

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    Embracing your true skin tone is where the beauty is – we’re all so different and its lovely to see people’s features shine through. It’s key to pick products that do this, such as Glossier’s Generation G lipstick, which works with your natural lip colour to create your own unique shade.

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    Sarah Chapman

    Rapid Radiance Cleanse£ 36

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    Wearing a face mask to and from work can really affect your skin, so it’s important to thoroughly cleanse at the end of the day to make sure you are removing oil and dirt, and prevent breakouts. 

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    Diptyque

    Eau des Sens Hair Mist£ 42

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    This hair mist doubles up as my perfume in the summer, saving much-needed room in my handbag. Zesty and spicy, the scent instantly lifts my mood. 

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    Estée Lauder

    New Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex£ 60

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    We know that the commute and working environment is going to mean exposure to pollutants, but after months of staying away from them, it would be a shame to admit defeat. Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum is full of antioxidants to keep your skin protected and hydrated, plus it repairs cells to prevent ageing. This is my one must-have product! 

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