Let’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.
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.
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.