When stretched for time and dashing from place to place, the last thing you want to do is pause and redo your makeup because of melted foundation or droopy lashes. Most of us also don't carry around our entire makeup bags wherever we go, meaning complete reapplications aren't always an option. Instead, if you're heading out on the town straight from a day at work, read on to find a few simple makeup tricks to take your look from day to night in just a few steps.
MAKEUP: TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR LOOK FROM DAY TO NIGHT
FOUNDATION TOUCH UP
The biggest mistake most women make when bumping their day look into a night look is just applying product on the same makeup they've been wearing all day. After a long day, most foundation and powder will start to separate or run. Apply a finishing spray all over the face, then take a powder brush and buff your skin in a light circular motion to even out any problematic areas. This will smooth out your foundation and moisten it enough to add extra product without making it look cake-y.
This foundation touch-up will inevitably require a redo on blush. Keep your favourite blush in your purse for a quick day to night transformation. It doesn't have to be the same colour as the daytime blush, but a rose colour will work well with almost all skin tones.
Don't feel the need to remove leftover eyeshadow from the day. We recommend layering a matte shadow on top, as this will blend and add depth easier than the shimmer shadows will. Layering on too many shades of shimmer shadow can make your eye look too messy, whereas matte shadows blend together flawlessly.
DOUBLE UP ON MASCARA
When bringing your look from day to night, use two different mascaras – one that lengthens and another that thickens. In the morning, apply the volumizing mascara from root to tip. Then, to bump your mascara to an evening look later in the day, taken your lengthening mascara and stroke upward from mid-lash to the tip for a false lash effect. Just a few even strokes will also prevent clumps.
Unless you started with a non-drying, highly pigmented lipstick, you're most likely starting from scratch. Add just a dab or two of a non-waxy lip balm to moisturize – waxes will make the lipstick bleed – and then colour in the entire lip with lip liner before finishing with a rick lipstick that lasts. Matte lipsticks are best for an evening look as they won't budge as easily as glossy lipsticks.