After a long day at work, who has the time to glam up for a night out from scratch? Stock your makeup bag with these essentials to transform your look from desk to dinner in four easy steps.
IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG:
- Cream concealer
- Bright lipstick
- All-purpose face palette (We recommend Lancome Blush Subtil Palette for their shimmery blush, bronzer and highlighter trio)
- Black liquid eyeliner
- Black lengthening mascara
Step 1: Touching Base
Forget the foundation and use your work makeup as the base for your dinner look. A quick spritz of Evian Water Facial Spray Atomizer will refresh your complexion and erase any day-old cakey-ness. For a 30 second face lift, choose a cream concealer (try Shiseido Stick Foundation for blendable, full coverage) one shade lighter than your skin tone and dab onto the four magic areas: under your brow bone, inner corner of your eyes, under your eyes and the sides of your nose.
Step 2: Colour Me Pretty
First, sweep highlighter from the tops of your cheekbones to your temples for a subtle glow. If you’re in a real hurry, a daring red or fuchsia lipstick (check out Top 10 Red lipsticks here) can complete your look here and now. For fast contouring, apply bronzer in the shape of a “3” on both sides of your face: from your temples down to the hollows of your cheeks, and from there to your jaw line. If you’re on third-date status, skip the lip and go for a dramatic eye – you know why.
Step 3: Bring the Drama
Use your highlighter on your eyelids to give is some shimmer. Apply your black liquid eyeliner in a clean line at the base of your lashes and give the end a flick for a quick cat eye. Finish off with some mascara (we love YSL Babydoll Mascara in Black for a false lash effect without the hassle). For a girl’s night out, try swapping your basic black liner for a glitter liner like Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Baked.
Step 4: Good Hair
Use a light-hold styling product in the morning, like Bumble & Bumble Does It All Styling Spray, and put your hair up in a messy bun for the office. Before heading out for dinner, shake it out for sexy curls.