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Working late again, but need to take your makeup look into something that’s more appropriate for a night out, a date, or dinner with friends? We don’t always have time to run home and redo our makeup, which is why simple hacks that can take any look from day to night are incredibly useful and helpful for the days where we go straight from work to play.
Believe it or not, with a few simple swipes and a change of lip color, you can take the natural makeup look that you wear to the office every day and turn it into a sultry or fun vibe for a night out.
In this article, we are going to show you exactly how to take your most natural and subtle everyday makeup look from day to night using clean makeup you love. Try these tips next time you have to be somewhere exciting after work!
Everyday Makeup That’s Easy to Transform
Before we get into your favorite evening vegan and cruelty-free makeup looks, let’s talk about your everyday makeup look, which will serve as the foundation to your glitz and glam beat for the evening. Whether you have plans after work or you are planning on a lowkey day, the way you apply your makeup in the morning determines whether or not your look will hold up throughout the day.
Your everyday makeup routine can be as subtle or as emphasized as you would like it to be. It’s all up to which style fits your lifestyle better. Either way, there are a variety of ways to elevate your everyday beauty for a special evening occasion.
Here are some products we like to use to create the perfect day look that transitions into a flawless evening look.
- Hydrating moisturizer
- Matte foundation / tinted moisturizer
- Setting powder
- Brow powder, gel or pencil
- Blush or bronzer
Makeup to Pack for a Day-to-Night Look
We are almost ready to discuss just how to take your everyday makeup from day to night, but before we do, here are some beauty staples to keep in your office desk or in your purse that will instantly elevate your look. You can also pack a compact makeup bag with these essentials to ensure that you can transform your look last minute, no matter where you are or what you’re doing!
- Liquid eyeliner
- Full coverage foundation
- Eye shadow primer
- Eyeshadow palette
- Setting spray
How to Take Your Makeup from Day to Night
Using the products we mentioned above, you will be able to transform your everyday makeup into a glitzy night out. If you find yourself needing more inspiration when it comes to trying different makeup and beauty products, try subscribing to a clean beauty monthly box where you will be introduced to new products more often.
1. Contour to Add Dimension to Your Face
If your day-to-day makeup is more subtle and natural-looking, you can instantly transform your face by contouring it. Contouring is the act of enhancing your natural features and bone structure by bronzing areas like your forehead, cheeks, and chin while highlighting your cheekbones, nose, and cupid bow. Contouring is really effective for elevating your look for evening occasions like going out to a bar or a fancy dinner. Don’t forget to touch up your foundation and concealer as you contour. You will look polished and snatched!
2. Swipe on a Smoky Eye or Bold Lid Color
You can easily transform your subtle daytime makeup look by swiping on some eyeshadow. If you love a sultry and sexy smokey eye, blend warm brown and beige shades with black. For those who want something more fun and colorful, swipe a blue, purple, or orange color on your lid and top off with an extra coat of mascara. The bright color will take your look from day to night in a few minutes. Before you apply any kind of eye shadow, make sure you always apply eye shadow primer to your lids to prevent any creasing from your natural oils that have been building up all day.
3. Add a Dramatic Winged Eye
If you want to further elevate your eyeshadow look or you would like to forgo the eyeshadow and sport a bold cat-eye, grab your favorite liquid eyeliner instead. A bold cat eye can quickly revitalize your face after a long day while giving you a sexy and playful stare. A cat-eye — whether it’s bold or subtle — stands alone perfectly whole, also serving as a great complement to any eyeshadow look.
4. Create Emphasis with a Bold Lip
Never underestimate the power of bold and vibrant lip color. Whether you are contouring, sprucing up your eyeshadow and adding winged eyeliner, or you are keeping the rest of your face more subtle, you can apply lipstick to instantly elevate your look for the evening. We love that lipstick can transform your makeup from day to night on its own. If you’re in a bind and don’t have eyeshadow, your favorite lippie could also double as a swipe of color for your eyelids. Don’t forget to apply eye shadow primer, though.
5. Blush It Up
At the end of the day, if you’re feeling pale and you’re in need of some subtle color, swipe some blush onto your cheeks and dot a little bit on the tip of your nose. This will give you a rosy and vibrant look instantly. You can easily roll on blush with a blush stick or cheek stain or use your favorite blush in powder form. It’s also a great way to bring your subtle makeup to life.
You’re officially ready to strut your way into the night — all the while looking quite fabulous! The beauty of day-to-night makeup is that it could look different every day — depending on what you have planned for the evening. You can experiment with different looks and styles, all the while keeping your everyday makeup relatively subtle and similar.