woman in red - webLet’s face it. As much as we’d all love to spend hours transitioning a look from noon to night, we’re usually too busy to do much more than swipe on a fresh coat of gloss. That’s no big deal when your post-work plans consist of takeout and a rom-com, but what happens when date night comes calling? Here, we list some super-simple tricks to help you go from daytime diva to nighttime naughty in less time than it takes to choose which Jennifer Aniston flick you’ll grab from Redbox.

Prep School

Creating a successful day-to-night look begins with three little words: Always be prepared. If you start the day with a good foundation, it’ll be infinitely easier to build on the basics later. For instance, neutral makeup can be transformed into a smoky masterpiece with just a few extras, and simple hair can go chic or sleek in the after-dark hours. Make sure to avoid anything that’ll require lots of maintenance later; the last thing you want to deal with is eyeliner that won’t budge or a huge crimp in your locks from that last-minute ponytail.

The Eyes Have It

Day-to-night eyes often seem like the biggest hurdle, but it’s surprisingly easy to make a neutral shadow sultry beyond compare. Use a skin-colored shade with a swipe of black liner by day, and then blend it out with a darker hue just before you head out the door. You can also attach a few false lashes to your outer corners in the morning; they’ll add a touch of sass with the natural makeup, but an extra coat of mascara will turn them into come-hither perfection.

Lip Service

This one’s simple: Go for a blushed balm at noon, but smudge on the sexy reds near dusk. If you can’t resist that pop of color during the daytime hours, stick to a matte shade, and tuck a lip pencil into your bag to re-define the lines later. A hit of translucent gloss will also amp up the after-hours boldness.

‘Do Us a Favor

A perfectly coiffed ‘do can make or break that naughty-by-night look. Not in the mood to fuss with styling? Smooth your locks into a sleek pony for work, and then pull them into tousled top-knot before dinner. You can also shake out a loose braid for boudoir-chic waves – just spritz on a little dry shampoo for ultra-glam volume – or use a saltwater spray to oomph up the texture on morning curls. You’ll be from conference calls to cocktails in seconds flat.

Need a little help finding your inner diva? Book an appointment with a stylist at Bella Vita to uncover the flirtiest version of your everyday look.