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Truth: We’re all pretty busy people. From the moment we turn our alarm off in the morning, we’re up and on the move, shimmying between all of the appointments that line our calendar. Between days at the office, meetings, happy hour, brunch, and the occasional date, it’s truly a wonder we’re able to balance it all—especially while trying to do so with a put-together face of makeup.
Since we’re always running from point A to Point B, we thought it was about time to come up with a solution for those frenzied makeup applications in the bathroom—you know you’ve been there. While some makeup may not exactly be work appropriate, there are ways to start off with a toned-down face that, with a touch-up that’ll only take a few minutes, easily translates to whatever is in store for the evening.
Intrigued? Check out the five day to night makeup ideas below for inspiration.
When you’re in a time crunch, the last thing you probably want to do is remove your lipstick to reapply a different hue. So, instead of reaching for makeup remover to start the process all over again, be strategic.
During the day: Start your day with a lighter, office-appropriate shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Moon Lust. The metallic shimmer is eye-catching enough to tie your daytime look together without being too dramatic of a shade for your 9-5.
At night: When it’s time to update your look, keep your lighter lip in place and darken the corners with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip Metallic in Smoldering Eclipse or Liquid Venom. The lighter center fading into darker corners will give the illusion of a fuller-looking pout, while the darker shimmer of your added lippy will create an edgy air for your nighttime look. (Here’s how to wear metallic lipstick this summer.)
A fully contoured face for the daytime can look a bit excessive, but chiseled cheeks and a slimmer nose fit perfectly for the later hours in the day.
During the day: Start your day off fresh faced with a no-makeup, makeup approach, lightening your under-eye area, the bridge of your nose, the center of your chin and between your brows with a concealer from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit.
At night: Break the concealer palette out and sculpt your face with the darkest color in it to add definition.
Wearing a full cat eye to work may be a bit much, but we all know how much a cat eye can tie a nighttime look together.
During the day: To start your day on a bright-eyed note that is easily adjusted for nighttime, lightly line your lower waterline with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail™ Eyeliner in White. This can help perk up the look of your face for a fresh feel.
At night: When it’s time to prep for your night out, create a two-toned graphic look by adding a winged cat eye to your upper lids in the color of your choice. Since summer is the perfect time to embrace bright colors, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue or Intrepid Teal. (Read our guide to using colored eyeliner for a statement look.)
The last thing you want to do is walk into work with ultra-dark lids—it’s just too dramatic for the daytime. Since you’ll definitely want to add a little luster to your lids by nightfall, create the perfect base in the morning.
During the day: Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude or any of the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow quads to create a two-toned light look.
At night: Time to take your makeup up a notch! Swipe the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Noir Cest Noir onto your lid, smudging out for a sultry effect. Then,
add a dash of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Black and apply the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-Cadamia to your lips. Finally, fill in your brows with the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil.
No nighttime look is complete without voluminous, defined lashes!
During the day: Apply a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in the morning before heading out the door, make sure to toss the tube into your bag for the perfect pick-me-up for your nighttime transition.
At night: Add an extra coat of mascara to amp up your glam factor.
Want more makeup inspiration? Here are three long-lasting makeup looks to try.