Between classes, jobs and extracurriculars you aren’t always going to have time to make your makeup look fab and fresh for going out in the evening. But fret no more; it’s easy to turn a subtle daytime look into a sultry evening one with just three simple items you can keep in your handbag.
Let’s start with the daytime look. Nobody wants to walk around in broad daylight looking like a reject from “A Chorus Line.” The best way to achieve a natural look is to start with a little tinted moisturizer or pressed powder. This evens out your complexion without looking cakey or fake. Add a dab of a peachy pink blush to the apples of your cheeks to give that natural glow.
Next try a thin line of black or dark gray eyeliner just on the top lid to make your lashes look thicker and frame your eyes. The last step to looking naturally beautiful is a simple clear gloss or a lightly tinted balm.
[If you need help getting started with the daytime look, try these:
Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer ($32 sephora.com)
Clinique Blushing Blush in Precious Posy ($18.50 clinique.com)
Cargo High Pigment Eye Pencil in Black ($16 sephora.com)
Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm ($3 burtsbees.com)]
You can rock this look just about anywhere during the day, but let’s be real; you need to look glamorous when the sun goes down. Lucky for you – you can come prepared. Just add these three basic items on top of your day look and you will be knock out sexy for your evening trysts.
Step 1: Clinique High Impact Mascara ($14 clinique.com)
Load. It. On. Top and bottom lashes, start right at the base and work your way up. This mascara adds volume and length. Nothing is more glamorous than full, lush lashes. This little tube gives the same effect as false lashes, but without looking “false.” Perfect for batting those lashes on a night out.
Step 2: Bronze-n-Brighten by Laura Gellar ($29.50 sephora.com)
This product is so amazing it’s almost magical, but any bronzer will do. Start by dusting this powder on the apple of your cheek then swoop up toward your ear just under your cheek bone. Sweep some across your forehead just above the brow, then down the bridge of your nose. Use what’s left on your brush to dust a small amount on the rest of our face to blend everything together. It creates dimension and looks fantastic and mysterious in dimly lit restaurants and clubs.
Step 3: Stila Lip Glaze in Cranberry ($22 sephora.com)
Now this is the really sexy part. This lip glaze is ultra shiny and the cranberry shade is a deep brick red. Lay it on thick for a perfect pout. The deep color channels the glamour of old Hollywood and the super shine gives it a juicy, modern kick. A dark red or purple shade alone can instantly add a touch of sultry sophistication to any look. Just be careful who you kiss – it will leave a mark!