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Transitioning makeup from day to night

Let’s face it, a lot of us have busy lives. I mean, really busy. That means we need to put our best face forward, even though there isn’t always time to go home and freshen up. There are definitely a few things you can keep with you on long days to help you transition from day to night. Here are some of my favorite trade secrets.


When it comes to your face, your plan for long lasting coverage is going to depend on the coverage you prefer. What you don’t want to do is slather on foundation on top of foundation as the day goes by. That will only result in clogged pores and a very cakey look. If you prefer minimal coverage, start your day with a light tinted moisturizer and a bit of concealer to even out skin tone. Then, when you’re ready to transition to your evening plans you can freshen up the look by dusting on some loose powder, touching up your concealer and brightening your cheeks with a bit of blush. For this, I like starting my day with something like Miracle Skin Transformer, dabbing on MAC Studio Finish concealer under my eyes to cover dark circles and using Urban Decay Surreal Skin loose mineral powder for my evening touch up time.

Sometimes, though, minimal makeup throughout the day just won’t cut it. If that’s the case, you’ll want to look for a foundation that gives you long lasting coverage. Don’t layer your foundation when you’re ready for evening; instead, use some oil blotting sheets like Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets and dust on some loose mineral powder to freshen up your face.


One of the easiest (and most effective) ways to transition your makeup from day to night is to play with your eye makeup! It’s very easy to layer on eyeshadows so you can start with more neutral shades during the day time and bump up the intensity with darker colors and a swipe of eyeliner at night. You may not want to change your eyeshadow color too drastically so instead, look for a great eyeshadow palette with complementary shades. Many of these, like the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Collection, has shades that are great for the daytime and are evening-appropriate, too. Since they are complementary colors, you won’t risk looking like a clown when layering.

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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