It's no secret that life can be a bit chaotic. From all the responsibilities we must to do to all the things we'd like to do, there is hardly time to look up from your Blackberry. And forget about having an extra hour to jet home after work to change and reapply an entire face of makeup before an evening out. You'll never make it in time for a date with your honey or some much needed drinks with your gals. Therefore to make your life a bit easier, and get to that evening engagement quicker, here are a few simple steps to creating a fabulous professional look now and a fun going-out look later!
Step 1: Prep & Prime
It's very important to prep and prime your face in the morning; but there are simple ways to do it that won't break the budget or take up too much time. For a gal on the go, skip the face primer. Begin with a hydrating tinted moisturizer like Aveeno's Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30. This not only hydrates your face, but acts as a base for your makeup. If you wanted to you could stop here and not continue with foundation. At this point you should have enough coverage for an even skin tone. If you'd like to use foundation, try a light weight foundation like Clarins Truly Matte Foundation. It's oil free and lasts all day. Finish off with concealer underneath your eyes and around the bottom of your nose, where it can be a bit red. Look for a concealer palette like Sonia Kashuk's Hidden Agenda Concealer Set. This set contains two concealers, a neutralizer, and a translucent powder; perfect for solving all types of problem areas! Use the concealer to act as an eye lid primer as well. The warmth of your fingers will work the product on your lids and keep your shadow in place. To finish set your face with powder, think Revlon's PhotoReady Powder!
Step 2: Eyes
Instead of thinking about what colors will look nicely together and then have to lug around the individual shadows in your already overstuffed bag, let a cosmetics brand do the work for you! For under $7.00 test out Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow. Here I'm using the shades from the Designer Chocolates quad. Where to place the color is already listed for you on the shadows. Begin the second to lightest shade and cover both lids. Pick up the chocolate cranberry color next to it and work that into your crease. Use a blending brush or your finger and blend out any harsh lines. *Think about investing in a double-ended brush, Sephora makes a bunch of different variations. They're perfect for travel and they definitely save space.*
Then using the lightest shade highlight your inner corner, this opens up your eyes and makes you appear refreshed. Then finish with sweeping the color underneath your brow bone. Curl and apply a mascara of your choice, I like really like Lorac's Special Effects Conditioning, Defining & Lengthening Mascara in black. Next line your water line with a brown eyeliner. After this step you should notice how fabulous your eyes look! And it only took a few minutes!
Step 3: Cheeks
I like to use a cream blush for long lasting color. Pick a shade that highlights your skin tone and subtly compliments the eyes. Don't worry, most cream blushes are not at all sticky. And the best part about them? You can apply with your finger tips! Try using NARS' Multiple in the shade Orgasm. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and blend outwards.
Step 4: Lips
Make lip application easy! Stick with a tinted lip balm. It will keep your lips hydrated, it's super simple to apply, and will last through two cups of coffee and that half of a chocolate chip muffin that you swore you won't going to eat. Try one of NYX's Tinted Lip Spa's. They come in a variety of colors and are very creamy on your lips.
And Viola! Four simple steps & you're out the door!
Now to transform your day-look into evening ready!
Step 1: Concealer
Unless you were caught in the rain, hit the gym at lunch, or took a 3:30pm nap your skin tone should still look pretty even. Try not to reapply a full face of foundation again, this may make your face look a bit heavy. Instead use a concealer palette and blend shades to cover up blemishes, redness, and/or dark circles underneath your eyes. That's all you need to do to start looking alive again!
Step 2: Eyes
First repeat any of shade steps from earlier, if need be. Then using that dark chocolate color, work the product into your outer corner. Use a blending brush and blend out any harsh lines. Take the brown eyeliner from before and line your upper lash line, try to stay close to the lash line. And then line your water line. Next re-curl your lashes. Applying mascara again can sometimes be a bad idea and give you some awful spider lashes, however it's up to you. If you think that most of the mascara from the morning has flaked away or you didn't apply too much in the AM, reapply with caution. You should now be starting to look like a gal who is ready for a night out!
Step 3: Cheeks
Begin by applying your cream cheek color from the morning. That may be just what your face needs. However, if you want to amp up your look a little further, try taking a similar color but in a powder form. Set the cream with the powder blush. You can even use your fingers for this! The result will be fabulous. By doing this, the subtle cheek color now is a bit more bold.
Step 4: Lips
Take your tinted lip balm from earlier and apply. Then take a lip gloss, try Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss and apply over your lips.
And in minutes you've gone from professional at work to evening chic! There are multiple ways to take day makeup and transform it for evening, however it's essential to remember two things: take the extra minute in the morning to set your face and invest in a small shadow palette. These two things will save you much needed time as well as energy!
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