Makeup Tutorial – Transitioning From Work to Play

I was headed to a business meeting this week where I wanted to look nice, and stopped to give some thought to how I wanted my makeup to look.  I think makeup is very important for a business meeting… to little and you look to sloppy, to much and you may not give off a serious vibe.  Here is the look I decided to wear for my meeting and how I mixed it up afterwards for a more evening look!

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Eyes First

For my meeting, I decided to start with a simple eye in my normal brown neutrals, and then add smokiness and sparkle later in the day for some fun!  I applied a piece of tape to each eye to get a nice even edge for my shadow and liner. This is why I did my eyes first… so I don’t disturb my foundation.  For my daytime look I used all MAC shadows.  I started with Malt all over the lid and slightly into the crease, then I added Quarry to the outer corner and through the crease and added a touch of Embark to the outer corner for a little extra depth.  I topped the look off with Naked Lunch (I know, what’s up with that name) in the inner corner just for a little bit of sparkle.  A large fluffy brush will be your best friend when it comes to blending… I used mine to blend each color well before adding the next.

Collage Eyes Closeup

Left – Simple Daytime Look Right – A little extra smokiness for evening


For The Base

For a business meeting I think that a matte base is the way to go… you can always add more shimmer later.  My favorite, and the one I used today is the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet.  For a cheaper alternative I like the Loreal Infallible Pro Matte foundation, and I am also anxious to give the Maybelline Matte+Poreless a shot!  If you have drier skin and don’t want to use a matte foundation, you could use a luminous one and add a touch of powder.

Concealer is a good addition, even if you do not have any blemishes, for brightening under the eyes.  You definitely want to look fresh and awake for an important meeting!  🙂  I used my old favorite, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, then topped it all off with a dusting of Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder.

Cheeks, Lips and Brows

I like to keep it simple here, so I add just a touch of my Body Shop Bronzer and Revlon blush in Haute Pink.  Brows are a must for a polished look, so I define mine with my Avon brow pencil.

Rimmel’s Airy Fairy was the lip color I used to finish off the look.

Makeup Look For Work

Transition to Evening

A few simple steps can really make your look pop so you will be ready for an evening out!  I focus on eyes, lips and cheeks to change up my look. I added a little bit of Deep Purple from the Lorac Pro pallete to the outer corner, not going to high so I can still see the brown diffusing the edges. After wetting a small shader brush with some setting spray, I applied Verve from Urban Decay Naked2 pallete to my upper lid from the inner corner out stopping before I covered the purple I had applied. I blended again and then added a beautiful aqua liner to my upper lashline over the liner I had applied earlier… I used Abbey Road from Nars.

I then freshened my blush with an Ambient Lighting blush from Hourglass in Ethereal Pink for color and highlight, touched up my mascara and added Revlon’s Matte Balm in Elusive as my lip color for the night.

Mkaeup look for evening

It is nice to be able to redo my makeup for a fun night out, but I often don’t have time. I hope this may share a few tips, and I would love to hear your ideas for fun makeup touch-ups!






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