Warm Winter Work Makeover


Although things have been very quiet around here recently, if you’ve been a reader of Makeup Utopia for a while, you’ll know that I moved from Australia to the Netherlands with my family a little over a year ago. I spent our first year here focussing all my energy into settling into a new country and making sure my kids were happy, well-adjusted and comfortable. Once things felt settled and comfortable, I found my entrepreneurial spirit flaring up, and a little over a month ago I started a business here in the Netherlands.

I’ll admit it, over those 12 months, I fell into a serious style rut. I stopped wearing makeup entirely. I wore yoga pants and sneakers every day. Most days, I was lucky to even brush my hair – but let’s be honest, I had bigger things to worry about.

Now that I’m working again, I’m able to dedicate some brain-space to presenting myself in a professional manner. My new business is very family focussed, so I can get away with jeans and a henley shirt, but the devil is in the details. I’ve found that carefully curated accessories and thoughtfully applied makeup can lift my casual outfits from basic to business-casual.


A few months ago I was gifted an incredibly beautiful watch from JORD watches. I’ve been really enjoying mixing my metals in my accessories, mashing up the rose-gold of the watch, with my gold wedding ring, silver drop earrings, and my favourite black-metal necklace. The makeup look I created for this post is inspired by the rose gold and koa wood tones of my watch.

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I originally used a very neutral nude lipstick for this look, and I LIKED it, but I didn’t LOVE it, so…

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I mixed it up by applying a deep berry tone in a stain fading out from the centre of my lips.

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I experimented with a lot of Sleek MakeUP products in creating this look, and I was really happily surprised by the performance of these products, form a brand I have had very limited experience with in the past.


Here’s how I got this look:

Jord inspired tutorial

  1. I applied my foundation (I use Ellis Faas Foundation in shade #2), my concealer (I use Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in shade Medium Light Neutral, which is sadly a fraction too dark for my winter skin), and my eyebrows (I use M.A.C Fluidline Brow Gelcreme in Redhead).
  2. I applied a light wash of a neutral pink cream blush just under the peak of my cheekbones (I used Sleek MakeUP Creme-to-Powder Blush in Carnation*).
  3. I applied a matte taupe eye base to both eyelids and blended it softly into and just above my crease (I use M.A.C Paintpot in Groundwork).
  4. I used the Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in “Storm”* for my eyes. I applied a wash of matte taupe eyeshadow over my entire eyelid (top row, third eyeshadow). I made sure to blend this out into a shape that is flattering for my eye shape, and diffused any harsh edges. I then patted a generous amount of a metallic rose-gold on the middle of my eyelids, keeping it quite concentrated (top row, fifth eyeshadow).
  5. I applied a pale champagne shimmer to the inner corners of my eyes (top row, second eyeshadow).
  6. I applied the same matte taupe to the outer 2/3 of my lower lashline (top row, third eyeshadow).
  7. I applied a thin line of black pencil eyeliner along the outer 2/3 of my top lashline (I used Sleek Eau La Liner in Noir*), then I blended it out softly with a fluffy brush.
  8. I finished my eyes with lashings of black mascara (I use Benefit They’re Real! Mascara).
  9. I applied a neutral lipstick to finish the look in a very natural, understated way (I used Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Succumb*).
  10. I then decided I wanted to amp-up the intensity of this look, so I patted on a deep berry coloured lipstick, focussing on the centre of my lips (I used Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vixen), and I blended it out toward the edges of my lips, using my pinky.




This makeup look lasted quite well, and this photo was taken after I had ridden my bike to an active toddler activity class, and ridden back home in drizzly Dutch weather.

Disclosure: All Sleek MakeUP products featured, and the JORD Watch were provided to Makeup Utopia for editorial consideration. No financial remuneration has been received for this article. All other products featured have been purchased by me.

If you’re keen to pick up a JORD Watch, they have recently started offering free international shipping. I can also say only great things about my experience with the company – there were quite a few hiccups getting the watch to me, and I found them to be incredibly helpful through the whole process.