How to Transition your Makeup from Day to Night

You might have noticed this, but my post this past weekend was *slightly* off schedule. We had a fundraiser gala that I was working at so my day was crazy hectic! We had our tax appointment in the morning (no tax return this year…wahhh) and then I had to be at the venue by 3pm. Not only that but I had to be ready by 3pm- makeup and all. And the event went until 11pm (then there was the after party…)! I wanted to look presentable for our morning errands, but have a more dramatic eye look for our formal gala. So how do you transition your makeup from day to night? There are many variations out there, but the most important thing to keep in mind is to have a good base.


Day Time


To start out, pick a trusted primer. If you’re oily, find a mattifying one. Dry skin? Get a hydrating one. For me, I chose the NYX Angel Veil. I just love the smoothing effect! For foundation, longevity is key. I kept photography in mind and used my Makeup Forever HD Foundation. It looks amazing in photography and doesn’t look cakey. Perfect for a day to night look. For concealer, I wanted a natural but brightened look. So, I used Too Faced’s Born This Way Concealer with a teeny tiny swipe of Tarte’s Shape Tape. Then comes the powder to lock it all in. RCMA No Color Powder is great to set my concealer and bake around my smile lines. To set the rest of my face, I used the It Cosmetics CC Powder. For brows, I stuck with the trusty Goof Proof pencil and topped it off with L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper.


For the day, the rest of my look was super simple. I used Tarte’s Tartelette in Bloom palette and dusted Jetsetter in my crease. Then I curled my lashes and applied L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara (see my full review here). I then applied a light layer of Too Faced’s Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer and Tarte’s 12 Hour Blush in Sensual. On my lips, I just popped on some chapstick to keep them hydrated. Our daytime look is done! It sounds like a lot when you explain it, but it really doesn’t take too long! Now, let’s transition day to night.


Night Time


During the day, I focused most of my time on the base because that was the part that needed to last all day. For the day to night transition, the focus will be on the eyes. I just did a little more RCMA powder where it was needed and that was it for the face. For a more structured look, I used Too Faced’s Cocoa Contour Kit (full review here) in the shade Medium Cocoa to the hollows of my cheekbones. I also added some Champagne Pop as a highlight to the face and bridge of the nose. For my lips, I used Urban Decay Lip Liner in Naked and the lipstick in the same shade.


Ok, the eyes. I stick with the Tartelette in Bloom palette and used a denser brush to add Rebel deeper in the crease. Then I used Leader on the outer half of the eye, and used Activist in the very outer V. I then went into the Lorac Mega Pro 3 and packed the shade Sequoia all over the inner part of the lid. I then took yet another Tarte product, the liquid liner side of the Double Take Eyeliner to carefully line my upper lash line. Then to finish off the eyes I applied House of Lashes Au Naturale.  Yup, you heard that right. I actually successfully applied falsies! They just amped up the look for night time. On the lower lash line, I lined with Activist and blended it out with Rebel and Jetsetter. Pop on some setting spray and you’re good to go!


And voila! The day to night transformation is complete. Like I said, there are definitely different ways to go about it. But this was a great simple day look changed into a dramatic night look. The key is to focus on the base during the day, and turn up the drama on the eyes for night! If you’re interested in the final look, check out my Instagram!


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Hey there! I’m Trish and I’m a married twenty-something (almost 30!) with a two dogs I treat like my children! I decided to start Honest Hues to share my beauty addiction with everyone who wants to hear about it! I’ll tell you how products will actually fare for the working woman. I love everything beauty related and hope my reviews help my readers. And remember, this blog is just as much for me as it is for you.

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