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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

5 Steps to a Quick & Gorgeous Everyday Look

Wearing makeup every single day is not for the faint of heart. That’s why I’ve broken it down into easy steps you can follow.

Everyday makeup for me is something I would truthfully much rather do without. I’m well on my way to getting my skin ready to show off without makeup though (that’s if laziness will let me stick to a skincare routine long enough that is, lol) but you get my drift right?
Unfortunately, working in the communications industry requires I look my best always –  you never know when there’s an impromptu meeting or you bump into someone or you need to make a presentation etc. 
Over the years, I’ve had different routines for my everyday makeup, some more elaborate than others though, but nonetheless requiring I spend a certain amount of time in front of the mirror *le sigh*. I shared one of these routines here but this post is about my most recent routine.
Unlike the last one, I actually wear lip colour more often now and I think that’s a step in the right direction. But overall, the basic steps to achieving a quick and easy makeup look every day remain the same.
  1. Moisturise Your Skin: No matter how lazy I am, I never cleanse my face without moisturising afterwards either with a cream, serum or oil. Make this a habit as it lays a great foundation for all the other things you’ll be layering.
  2. Find Your Rhythm: Don’t let anyone rush you into doing makeup the way they do it. Find your own way. A couple of years ago there was all the talk about eyes first or foundation first. I’ve always been a ‘foundation first’ girl and when I’m in a hurry, this is my rhythm – foundation, concealer, brows, eyes, face, lips. This is what works for ME.
  3. Use Your Old-Faithfuls: First thing in the morning is not the right time to find out if the new black pencil you got is really black and if it smudges just right. NO. Use products that you are familiar with. You can work with them even with your eyes closed. You don’t guess with them because you know all there is to know about these products. Leave the new products to when you have some free time.
  4. Less is More: You’ll see me rocking great skin and brows with nothing on my eyes most days and gloss or balm on my lips. I LOOK GREAT! And frankly, that’s just the point. I could try for a smoked line around my lashline and mascara but deciding which colour of eyeshadow best complements my look is just not the way to go at all. Ease, simplicity and timeliness are the watchwords for this look.
  5. Pace Yourself: Find out how long it takes for you to flow through your makeup rhythm, using your old-faithfuls and going for the simplest of looks. Once you have this down pat, you can then throw in a few extras here and there every now and then without being late to work or a meeting and looking just a little bit ‘more’ that day.
Credits: Barbara & 1923

Ankara to Work for a Week? Here’s how you can pull it off!

One fashion trend that will never go out of style is Ankara. The bubbly colours and vibrant designs are almost irresistible.

Usually in more corporate office settings, ankara is worn to work only on easier days; Fridays and Saturdays. But the question is how do you rock ankara to work through the week without looking too casual or too simple?
Ankara to work - BN STYLE
Doopie | @doopie
Most modern offices and creative workspaces allow Ankara as work outfits, thereby allowing our BellaStylistas thrive and express their African styles. So for ankara lovers, here are some style tips to wear ankara to work everyday of the week.
It’s a new week and you’re ready to get serious work done, pair an Ankara piece with neutral colours, minimal jewellery and light make up. This will make your outfit look less dramatic and easy on the eyes, remember divas do business, not drama.
Ankara to work - BN STYLE
Strut into your day with confidence and grace. Keep things classy and easy with an Ankara jumpsuit with chic accessories to complete your look.
Ankara to work - BN STYLE
Damilola | @edaowofashion
Happy hump day! If you need some motivation for the week, a printastic outfit can work that out. It’s okay to wear colours, bright outfits will uplift your mood (or maybe even your colleague’s mood as well!)
Ankara to work - BN STYLE
Folake Huntoon |
Ankara to work - BN STYLE
Can you feel the weekend coming? Show up to work looking ready for the weekend in a breezy outfit like this that’s suitable for Thursday errands. Mix and match your prints with solid colour to give your outfit a focal point.

Agatha Ashi |
Ankara Styles BN
Shiona Turini
TGIF! We’ve got two options for the fun loving BellaStylista, who needs the perfect outfit that can transcend day to night. If you have happy hour plans after and you work in a more corporate environment, Akousa Vee‘s double breasted shift dress is a great option.
Ankara to work - BN STYLE
Akousa Vee |
However, if you’ve got plans and you work in a more relaxed office space, wear an outfit that you can totally slay in! We love this look by Rhonkefella, it’s fun and flirty, just what you need on a Friday night!

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