A few life markers to prove you’re gracefully stepping into adulthood: you pay your own bills, you’ll invest in an expensive jacket instead of four high street tops, and you have your day to night makeup game down pat. The third one is what we’d like to help with, only because we understand the struggle of drawing fairly presentable eyeliner while in a bumpy cab ride.
Well, fret no more. As demonstrated on Dia, you’ll see that transitioning from a long, hard day at work to surprise date night isn’t hard at all – it’s all about the planning. A change of lipstick, some illuminating, and you’re good to go from work to play. Here’s how!
For the Day:
First, moisturize your skin and wear your base – we used M.A.C Prep+Prime for its lasting power, and Inglot HD Perfect Coverup Foundation on Dia. This is your primary step to makeup that lasts all day – so let your base be something you’re comfortable in and you know will hold up in air conditioning or otherwise. We primed her eyes with M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre – this one’s a neutral yellowish beige with a matte finish and is especially great to intensify gold-toned eye shadows.
Next, simply apply a soft, champagne hued eye shadow on your lids with a brush – the lightest shade in the Colorbar Enchanting Trio Eye Shadow Palette (Seductively Nude) was used on Dia. Finish by lining your eyes with a gel liner (like Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner), just stopping at the end of the eye (no flick) to keep it simple. Add a touch of highlighter or a luminous shadow like M.A.C Eyeshadow in Ricepaper on the inner corners of your eyes to really open them up. On the lower lash line, use a bright coloured shadow to make the otherwise nude look pop – we used a pretty purple called M.A.C Eyeshadow in Nocturnelle.
Finally, swipe on a nude lipstick, like we did L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick in Maple Mocha, and buff your cheeks with a peachy blush – Maybelline Cheeky Glow in Peachy Sweetie is perfect.
For the Night:
So your lipstick’s probably disappeared (even the second coat you wore at lunch), your skin doesn’t feel so fresh anymore and there’s only 15 minutes to head for drinks. Step 1: Spritz on some micellar water to wake your skin up – Avène’s Thermal Spring Water is hydrating as it is refreshing. Step 2: Give your makeup a little touch up.
Keep the eye shadow you already have on, but use the same bright coloured shadow you have on your lower lash line to go over the crease, blending into the outer corners of the eyes. And there, you have a subtle smoke eye that’s perfect for an evening out, yet not too OTT. Apply two coats of a volumizing mascara like L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Papillon Waterproof Mascara to build the drama and extend your eyeliner into a cat flick if you like.
Using a fluffy brush, go over the cheekbones with a generous helping of highlighter – we used M.A.C Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Trace Gold, a subtle gold that instantly gives your face a shimmery glow.
Finally, apply a coat of your favourite going-out lipstick – we used the super versatile M.A.C Lipstick in Ruby Woo – to finish the look. Now spray on your scent, let your hair down, get your sexy on and head out the office!
Dia Madaiah photographed by Clint Soman.
Makeup: Sehar Khan