Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Day-to-Night Beauty

day-to-night make-up, desk-to-dance floor beauty, how to take makeup from day to night

It's been a long time since I went out straight from work, and not just because I've been on night shift for over a year now. I always found going out straight from work to be a huge hassle - trekking make-up and a change of clothes just wasn't any fun at all! Besides, work lockers are never big enough for all your shit, so where do you put it? Nowadays even if I was on day shift and able to go out at night straight from work, I would still only wear my mascara and eyebrows - foundation creases and lipstick fades through the day, so I'd rather start from a primarily blank canvas. That said, taking your make-up from day-to-night isn't as hard as you might think. Here are some beauty picks to help you achieve the night time look without too much effort.

The first thing you want to do is freshen up your base - top up your concealer and reapply your powder for a soft, matte finish. My go-to powder right now is the Physician's Formula Happy Boost Glow & Mood powder, which adds a matte finish to my face without caking or adding texture, meaning it's the perfect product for when I'm topping up my base.

Personally, whenever I did go to work, I never wore highlight or contour, so night time is the perfect time to go in heavy-handed. A compact duo is the ideal product for sculpting out your cheekbones, and one of my favourite products is the Collection Highlight & Sculpt Contour Kit. The brown is a good shade for fair skin as it's not too warm and is definitely not orange, but make sure you don't pile on too much or it'll look a bit weird. The highlight is a shimmery champagne that sits beautifully on the skin, and gives a real glow and glimmer to the cheekbones. If you want to really make your skin pop, or if you prefer to add a little glowy something during the day, I highly recommend going in with a liquid highlight initially. I chose my favourite Barry M Light Me Up! liquid highlighter for this purpose - it will make powder highlights look extra bangin', and will give you a natural dewy glow alone for during the day.

If you plan to pop some eyeshadow on during the day, I recommend using some bronze or copper tones that are ideal for day wear but can be easily smoked out and amped up. My favourite palette for an easy day look is the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze palette. It has 6 shades that are ideal for adding depth and highlight to your chosen look. I tend to start with either the gold shade, third from the left, or, 9 times out of 10, I go for the reddish tone that's second in from the right, and deepen it up with the shade third in from the right. Last but not least, there is a dark shade right at the end to bring you as much smokiness as you desire to your look, and there is a light, shimmery skin tone at the beginning to add highlights. 

To finish off the eyes, apply a black eye pencil to your waterline and tight line. I prefer to use the pencil from the Smokin' palette by MUA, but I also recently bought and love the Topshop Kohl pencil.

As always, I choose to complete any beauty look with a liquid lipstick. With a bronze eye, pretty much anything goes and what colour I choose just depends on how I feel. For this post, I chose to feature the beautiful Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Pussy Whipped. It's a metallic golden peach shade and not only is the formula comfortable af, but it also lasts SO long. 

What tips, tricks and products do you love for taking your make-up from day to night?


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