Ways to take your makeup look from day to night

Feb 3, 2010 at 1:53 p.m. ET

When you're a 9 to 5 girl, little time is left for transforming from professional goddess to flirty girl about town in time to grab dinner with your besties or drinks with that hottie you've been texting all day. Pack your purse with these makeup must-haves to easily take your look from day to night.


The night goes dark so why shouldn't you? To get your eyes ready for a night out on the town, use a darker shadow, such as a charcoal, brown, mauve or green hue, and apply it with a shadow brush in the crease of your eye toward the outer edge. Less is more; don't over-apply the shadow but be sure to blend it in with a sweeping motion.

Add a shimmery highlighter, filling in the space just under the eyebrow to the crease of the eye. Choose a soft pink, beige or silver colored shadow that will illuminate your gaze. 

Really want to sparkle on your next night out? Glitter is another night-appropriate addition to your eyes but less is definitely more.


Complement your little black dress with some little black eyeliner, perfect for night and any skin tone. Extending just past the outer edge of your eye, draw a thin line along your upper lashes to the midpoint of the eye. Consider the natural shape of your brow bone to know how far and at what angle your eyeliner should extend.

Then use an angled brush to blend the eyeliner so there isn't a hard edge between it and the shadow. Finally add a small amount of eyeliner just below the lower lashes and blend toward the center of the eye to complete this smoky look.

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