Beauty: desk to dancefloor
Steady stream of festive diary dates? We've got the best tips to help you transition your make-up from day to night
After a day spent sitting at a desk, it's unlikely that the make-up you applied in a rush that morning still looks good come 6 o'clock - which is totally grand every other month of the year, but not in December, when a heap of impromptu and unavoidable social commitments come our way.
In the past, on learning of post-work drinks, I've made the mistake of quickly hotfooting it to the supermarket to buy wipes and a cheap moisturiser, and totally reapplying my make-up from scratch, but it looked terrible, never sits right and you're left with red, irritated eyes.
I've found out the hard way that the key to transitioning your make-up from day to night, is to work with what you have, adding drama to it by playing up either the eyes or the lips.
If it's a case that you know you're heading out that night, alarm your clock 15 minutes earlier that morning and give your skin extra TLC. Use a purifying mask followed by an intensive moisturiser that's allowed to absorb into the skin for at least five minutes before applying any make-up.
Keep your morning make-up minimal, avoid applying too many powdery products like bronzer or blusher, that way when you touch up later, you won't look caked or patchy. For more tips on how to successfully bring your make-up from desk to dancefloor, we've enlisted the help of make-up artist and blogger Michelle Ross (see below left).
Dos and Don'ts
● If you've oily skin, use blotting paper to remove any shine or dirt from the skin before applying any other products over your existing make-up.
● Use concealer rather than foundation to touch up your base. Applying foundation over foundation just looks too heavy.
● For a sultry evening look, use a darker shade of your daytime eye shadow to enhance your eyes. Add some to the creases of your eye, around the outside corner of the eye and underneath the eye for an instant smokey look.
● If it's a strong eye look you're going for, take a black kohl liner and rim all around the inside of the eyes. This gives an instant smokey eye look that can be done in seconds!
● When doing evening touch-ups, avoid adding any more mascara, since adding new mascara on top of old usually results in clumps. However, false lashes are a great way of awakening the eyes and adding added drama. Also, lining your upper lids will make lashes appear thicker.
● Make sure your make-up bag contains cotton buds, as they're the ultimate eye make-up fixer.
● Applying a setting spray to the face will ensure your make-up looks fresh and dewy and will significantly prolong its wear time.
Fingers are an under-valued beauty tool, especially for make-up on the go. Just make sure they're warm when applying make-up.
Day to Night Make-up Toolkit
Illuminating Primer, €9.95, Flormar, available in selected pharmacies nationwide
Applying a small amount in the morning will ensure your make-up lasts and lasts well for the whole day. Unlike a lot of primers that just create a soft veil on the skin, this actually works to moisturise it through the day.
Doublewear Stay in Place Concealer, €27, Estée Lauder, available in selected department stores nationwide
My all-time favourite heavy-duty concealer, this covers up EVERYTHING and doesn't budge. A total hero product and an absolute party season essential.
Limited Edition Eye and Lip Palette, €55, Lancôme, available in selected department stores nationwide
Because multi-tasking palettes are your lifesaver for day to night looks and this little beauty boasts six gorgeous eye-shadows, three vibrant lip colours, and a dual ended lip and eye brush.
How to Transition make-up from day to Night
A step-by-step guide with MUA Michelle Ross (above)
1. The secret to a long-lasting base is good skin preparation when you first apply your make-up. Start with a good primer like Flormar's Illuminating Primer, €9.95 for the perfect canvas.
2. Choose a foundation that will last for at least 12 hours.
3. Set it with a powder to stop the product sliding off your face.
4. When applying make-up over this base in the evening, use a concealer, rather than foundation, to touch up areas such as the nose, blemishes or any redness.
5. Reset your concealer with a light dusting of translucent powder.
6. Once your base is perfected you can then play up your lips or eyes with a bold lipstick or a dramatic eye look.
7. Your night-time look needs a little bit of sparkle, especially at this time of the year! Use a shimmer powder to highlight your cheekbones, chin, forehead and neck. If you're showing skin around your shoulders or décolletage, add some there too.
8. Finish off the look with a different lipstick to your everyday choice - be it a neutral or a statement lip . Be sure to line the lips with a waterproof liner to keep them looking perfect all night.