It’s an ongoing challenge: transforming your look from daytime appropriate to nighttime sensation. But the task may not be as tough as you think. Makeup artist and hairstylist Lauren Frenden has done work for the likes of Chanel, Coca-Cola® and Nike. And she breaks down how you can transform your beauty from day to night. Here’s how:
Ladies, your daytime look at the office should be fresh, timeless and easy. Keep it work appropriate by avoiding makeup that is too distracting or trendy, such as harsh lines or colors that are overly pigmented or sparkly.
Start off your day look with a long lasting, smooth canvas that can carry you into the evening by prepping the skin with a primer, including the eyelids to avoid mid-day eye shadow creases. Sweep a champagne or taupe shadow over your entire lid up to the crease and a coat of black mascara. Don’t forget to groom your eyebrows and lightly fill in sparse patches with a matching brow powder.
Apply a lightweight foundation or tinted moisturizer to even your skin tone. If you have oily skin that tends to “eat” your makeup, try a foundation specially formulated for long wear. Follow with a concealer to cover blemishes and dark under eye circles, along with a brightener in the inner corner, under your eye to give you that bright eyed, well rested look.
For those with oily skin, lightly dust loose translucent powder, focusing on your T-zone, which will set your makeup and keep oil at bay. For those with dry skin, skip the powder and move on to a light dusting of bronzer for a healthy glow. Then smile to reveal the apples of your cheeks, the perfect placement for a soft pinky peach blush. Moisturize lips with lip balm and top with lip gloss that is just a touch brighter than your natural lip color.
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Eight hours later – when your work day is done – you’re ready to transform into your evening look. Here are six simple steps to help get you there.
1) Play up the eyes by sweeping something sparkly over your daytime eye shadow, such as a sparkly gold (over champagne) or pewter (over taupe) up to the crease. Both eye shadow colors are great for holiday and evening events. To avoid the messy clean-up of fallen eye shadow pigment, place an eye shadow shield or tissue tightly under your eye while applying shadow. Add a highlight to your brow bone and inner eye corner with a pearly colored powder or cream shadow to brighten.
2) Add waterproof liner to your top lid, hugging the lash line tightly. A deep plum or black compliments the evening. Give a soft smoky effect by smudging the liner with a matching eye shadow, focusing mostly on the outer corners of your eyes which gives the appearance of fuller lashes – never a bad thing. Use the same liner to line the inner rim of your bottom lid. This technique makes the whites of your eyes pop. Trace along the bottom lashes with a thin sweep of the dark shadow you used to smudge the top liner. This will keep your bottom liner in place, while adding dramatic effect.
3) Add another coat of mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Brush out any clumps with an eyelash comb.
4) Highlight your cheekbones with a powder or cream highlighter to give a pretty sheen to the skin.
5) Add more color to the lips with a berry colored lip stain or gloss.
6) To dress up your look throw a few individual lashes on the outer corners for extra volume and flare.