The Before-Work Face
Start the day with a soft and natural version of your usual look by emphasizing great-looking skin. A long-lasting foundation will provide the base for your quick-change transformation.
This is the day to use your favourite concealer, liquid foundation and powder combo that look great with less of everything else. This crucial stage of your makeup application is the base upon which you can build before the fête.
Keep cheeks lightly bronzed or softly blushed in a subtle pink, peach or rose. This spells “Happy to be at work today.” (Save the Kim K. contouring for later.)
Lavish your lashes with as many applications of mascara as you like. Adding more later isn’t recommended unless you’re a pro; too much can look cakey and overdone. Apply your most basic brow. You’ll add more eye and brow makeup later.
Dress lips lightly with a sheer lipstick or gloss that compliments your eyes. Most popular are “goldenized” peach to pink for blue eyes and sparkling rose or plums for green and brown eyes. Darker eyes can carry off coppered/bronzed wines and burgundy.
The After-Work Face
Blot away oil and shine with tissue or blotting papers. Refresh skin with a spritz of facial water mist like Evian Mineral Water Mist or MAC Fix-It Spray. Use your clean finger or a moist makeup sponge to smooth across and around the eyes. This revitalizes the eyes and reconstitutes your concealer, if you used one, to refresh the eyes’ appearance. Add a few strokes of illuminator pen at the inside and outside corners to open and highlight the eyes. A concealer lighter than your skin shade works, too. The DDB Beauty Mineral Powder Foundation is ideal to lend coverage and finish.
2. Eye Liner
The fastest way to take your eyes from everyday to awesome is with the simple and humble eye liner pencil in dark chocolate brown or ebony/jet black. For sensual eyes, run the tip along the water line/tarsal plate. For a more eye-opening and wakening effect, rim the same area with white, silver, or flesh-tone pencil. Instantly says “I’m awake to whatever the party brings!”
3. Eye Shadow
If you don’t usually use eye shadow, this is the time to give it another try. The right placement of a light, medium, and/or dark eye shadow will add definition and interest. You control the intensity with colour, texture, and placement. If your eyes are deep set, reach for shimmering champagnes, silver, and golds. Rich, lustrous mink browns, purples, and smoky slates and charcoal make a bold impact on the lid, in the crease, and under and along lower lashes as liner. Any one of these shades can be incorporated into your usual eye shadow choices.
Turn a dark shade of eye shadow into an eye liner by wetting a small angle brush with water. Mix it into one side of the eye shadow to form a thin paste. This trick also intensifies the colour.
4. Lavish Lashes
It isn’t always easy to add more mascara after a day’s wear. Consider elevating your eye allure with a pair of fabulous falsies. (Eyelashes that is.) My favourite pair are Quo’s #806, which look elegant and can be worn by anyone.
5. Bold Brows
Give your brows a little more love by simply deepening their colour with eye shadow 1-2 shades deeper than your natural colour. Use a clean spooley (mascara brush) to brush colour through.
6. Cha-Cha Cheeks
In addition to blush, using a matte bronzing powder 2-3 shades deeper than your skin tone adds structure to your face. Apply with an angle blush brush under the cheekbone and jaw line to accentuate and define. Elevate the high planes of your face with a light-reflective highlighter under the outer ¾ of the brow, and around and under the eye and towards the temples. This sideways ’V’ placement opens--and shows off!--eyes and cheekbones.
7. Lovely Lips
If you are known for wearing a deep or bright lipstick by day, show your softer, sexier side via a naughty nude, pale and glistening lip. The unexpected could be the simplest conversion from work to play. On the other hand, a strong, sensational and sassy rich and “of-the-moment” nearly noir lip could be just the right switch to make a memorable impression… all on its own. You may want to use a matching lip pencil after application to frame and refine the shape. As deep and dark shades can make smallish lips look even smaller and birdlike, layer a shiny, shimmery gloss over top to volumize.