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Nighttime beauty dos and don’ts

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

How to get a glam evening look

If you are looking to ramp up your nighttime beauty routine, you must know the basic beauty rules to take your look from day to night. Whether it is a girl’s night out or a romantic date night with your man, find out how to glam up your look for that special evening to remember.

Woman applying lipstick

Your evening beauty routine can be bolder and more adventuresome than your basic daytime look. While you want your make-up and hair to be natural during the day, you can have fun glamming up your look for a fun style that is sure to turn heads. Check out our top nighttime beauty dos and don'ts for a look that is both fab and flattering.

1Diva in training nail polishDo embrace color

Save your neutrals and beiges for daytime. Your evening look can embrace deep purple eye shadows, a pop of pink or peach blush and rich rose lipsticks. Take your nail polish up a notch with this season's hottest shades, such as OPI's new line of Glee-inspired nail polish shades in the poppy pink Diva-In-Training or a sheer lime shade called Gleek Out.

2Don't look tired

If you have had a long day, wake up your look instantly with this tip from Glam Mom Kirin Christianson. "To brighten up tired eyes, use a white liner on the inner corner of your eyes and softly blend," she says. Use eye drops to decrease redness and to brighten up the whites of your eyes.

3Do plump up your lips

Save the sheer glosses for daytime and draw attention to your pout with a rich lipstick. If you have thin lips, April Meese, owner of Customized Beauty Ltd, has this quick tip to fake fuller lips:  "Everyone has a vermillion border (the ridge around the lips) and that border naturally has a 'white roll' above the lip. The easiest way to give the illusion of fuller lips is to use a soft white eyeliner pencil to draw a line just above the Cupid's bow. Just as we all know that putting a touch of concealer or any pale pink lipstick in the middle of the bottom lip makes the lips appear fuller, this tip puts the hilights above, making the top lip look fuller."

4eyebrow tweezersDon't neglect your eyebrows

"The number one thing a mom (or any woman) can do to look more polished and brighten up and lift the eye area is to get eyebrows shaped and waxed (or plucked) and darken in remaining brows with a compact powder a shade or two darker than the natural brow," says professional style and image consultant Kami Gray, author of the bestselling book, The Denim Diet: Sixteen Simple Habits to Get You into Your Dream Pair of Jeans.

5Do amp up your hair

Hair with lots of soft waves and tons of volume is a huge trend this season. Use a volumizing shampoo and follow up with a root-boosting product, such as TRESemme 24 Hour Body Root Boost Spray. Use a large-barrel curling iron to place sexy waves framing your face.

6Don't forget foundation

Cover up an uneven complexion with foundation. "Though a full face of foundation is old-fashioned and aging, camouflaging dark circles and covering up pesky redness around the nose and cheeks is the fastest, most effective way to look polished and pulled-together. Stick foundations generally provide great coverage and are quite user-friendly," says Dana Wood, author of Momover: The New Mom's Guide to Getting it Back Together. She recommends the Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation.

7Do look sun-kissed

Brush on bronzing powder or blush to wake up a tired complexion. "Blush sometimes gets a bad rap, but so many make-up artists rely on it for perking up a pasty complexion," says Wood. "If you go the bronzing powder route, err on the light side (just one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone), and remember to lightly dust your neck, too. You don't want a big line of demarcation that stops at your chin."

8Don't worry about faking it

To give your nighttime look the ultimate glamour finish, consider using false eyelashes. They open up your eyes and instantly up your sex appeal. If you are not sure how to do it, check out the video below on how to apply false eyelashes.

Video: How to apply false eyelashes

Watch this video to learn how to apply false eyelashes like a pro!

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