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Taking your makeup from day to night in a snap

I have an event tonight. I’m not a big fan of industry mixers and such. Particularly after a long day of working.  It comes with the job, though. There’s no time to stop at home. Crap. The last thing I want to do is lug my “Face in a Box”, also known as my makeup kit, all the way to work! Let’s see, scratching head, I could always wear my party makeup to work! Wait, the last time I did that I scared off little children.  Guess bright colors at 8a.m. wasn’t as flattering as I thought.  Booooo!

Ok, Got It!  I’ll just have to take my must haves to work that day.  Just a few items that take me from sugar to spice! Alright ladies, you’re coming along for the ride!  Something tells me I’m not alone on this beauty crisis!

Alright, I start with my foundation, making sure to use just enough to keep me fresh and clean.   But on this particular day I may apply a little more.  I could also use my Makeup Forever HD Foundation; it gives you more coverage and lasts longer too! I think we have a winner!  Now to my choice of must haves.   Uh oh, why did I think I would be able to narrow it down?

Hmm, blush or bronzer? Blush! Since its summer, I’m able to be more playful when it comes to color. YAY! So I’m going to go with Ambering Rose by MAC Cosmetics! It gives me just the right amount of color during the day and has the ability to amp it up for night! Can NOT forget my angled blush brush, I gotta work these cheeks!

Final items for my day look, mascara and lip gloss! I love my YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils! I go from modest to flirtatious with just one sweep! Its understudy, MAC’s Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara, it keeps my lashes fabulous while saving some cash! Ok time to pucker up! I’m so excited I get to break in my new Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Whole Lotta Honey!  What more could you ask for? Not only does it nourish your lips, but it gives your lips a natural Kiss Me look!


Foundation – check

Blush- check

Mascara- check

Lip wear- check


Almost there ladies, and with only 4 items in my travel makeup bag!


So what takes this look from professional to party?  Bold eyes and even Bolder lips!  So that’s just two more products to add on! I love the cat eye look, so I’m going with a thick liner.  My favorite, MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack, which is so easy to use considering it’s a gel liner.  No worries if you can’t draw a straight line to save your life.  Pair this liner with a pencil brush and you’ll be your very own Picasso! What’s great about adding an eye liner to spice up your day look is that it doesn’t interfere with your mascara.  It’s clean and leaves behind no fall out, which means no mess to clean up!

Last step to my “knock out” look, Luscious lips!  Now seeing as I’m lacking color, in the rest of my makeup look, I’m definitely going bright in this step.  I want to stay away from the typical red lip, yes it’s an amazing look, but there are so many other alternatives!  I’m between hot pinks or vivid orange shades.  I’m feeling adventurous, Orange it is!  Every makeup brand seems to have a must have orange lip stick. Honestly, just like picking the perfect shade of red, orange can either be flattering or just plain insulting. I made it a little easy on myself and bought the Makeup Forever Lipstick Palette in Orange.  This palette is AWESOME! It contains five shades that from the same color family, which means YOU get to custom blend your perfect shade! I really want my lips to stand out, so I’m starting with a matte orange on my lip first, followed by the bright orange glossy textured lipstick to finish! Did I mention this palette  contains a mirror and lip brush?  Thank you!

Well, that wasn’t a nightmare after all! I’ve got all my products ready to go in my spiffy makeup bag! Now all I need is my little black dress, peep toe high heels, OH Yeah, and my blazer. Forgot I was actually going to work first! Whoops!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing