Day-to-Night Makeup: Pro Tips to Make the Most of Your Touch Up!


Imagine that it’s 5:35 p.m, and you’re meeting your husband for a rare night out. You’re still at your desk, and if you don’t leave in 10 minutes, you’ll be late! Somehow, didn’t it used to be a lot easier to get ready under a time crunching situation like this? What can you do to quickly and easily to refresh your makeup, and maybe look a bit more glam?

I asked a few makeup artists what their favorite tips for day to night makeup was, and they all said that by only focusing on one or two areas you should be out the door in no time! Here’s some of their tricks for quick touch ups below:


day to night makeup tips

Add Drama to the Face with Bold Choices

Norah Salazar (blogs at Norah Loves Makeup) suggests:
“Transitioning from day to night is about adding drama to the face, a nice lipstick like Maybelline Vivids for a statement lip, and definitely adding a cat eye by using a product like Tarte Cosmetics gel liner. This will bring out the face and make it look camera ready!”

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner $24
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor in Fuchsia Flash, $5.99

Swap Your Lipstick

Brianna Gonzalez (blogs at Briksia) suggests:
“Just touch up your mascara and introduce a bold lipstick into the mix, and you are ready for the night. I’m a huge fan of bright lipsticks, and it’s my favorite way to transition from day to night.”

Use Your Fingers

Misha Shahzada suggests:
“Its simple! Add some darker liner to your bottom lash line, and smudge with your fingertip. Adding some extra mascara helps too!”

Darken Your Shadow

Laura (blogs at My Newest Addiction) suggests:
“Transitioning from day to night depends on the person! For myself, I tend to add a darker color to the lid and more liner and mascara. For someone else it could mean adding a bold lip to whatever eye look they already had going on.”


day to night makeup

Add a Pretty Flush

Sheila (blogs at The Painted Ladies) suggests:
“Take your look from day to night by adding a brighter blush, a sparkly lip gloss, and pump up your eyes by using a pop of a shimmery shadow on your lid. Enhance your daytime look with a liquid or gel liner, and don’t forget your favorite fragrance!”

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed, $12.99
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sugar Frost, $26
Tory Burch Rollerball $25

Play Up Your Lashes

Ivy Boyd (blogs at Wake Up For Makeup) suggests:
“I love to curl my lashes, apply black liner to the waterline to sex things up, and apply a dark shadow to the outer corner blending it inwards. A little extra blush and bright lip shade goes a long way too!”

Turn Your Cat Eye to a Smoky Eye with Shadow

Meg Raiano suggests:
“My basic makeup every day is a simple cat eye liner, so to transition, I add a smoky shadow and enhance the cat eye just a little. I’m very pale, so I try not to overdo it.”

Enhance Your Normal Routine

Christina Farrell (blogs at The Makeup Blogger) suggests:
“A few simple steps are all you need. Refresh your mascara, add a quick dash of a darker eyeliner, a pop of blush, and bright lipgloss.”


great night makeup

Avoid the Cakey

Dimitri James (founder of Skinn Cosmetics) suggests:
“My favorite product for an easy transition is Skinn’s Plasma Flawless Finish Invisible Touch Up Skin Perfecter. The product acts like a powder to freshen and cut shine, but it’s not cakey and will not build up. After using the perfecter you’ll look Photoshopped, not powdery!  Make sure to refresh your liner and mascara. Finish your night look with an amped up lip color.”

Skinn Plasma Flawless Finish $42
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Eyeliner $18
L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge in Enduring Berry, $9.99

Concentrate on the Outer V

Kim Porter (blogs at Kim Porter Daily) suggests:
“To transition from day to night I add a darker shadow to my outer v and lower lash line, and sometimes I go for lashes that are a bit more bold, especially if during the day I’m not wearing any.”

Create Statement Lips

Gabriel DeSantino (blogs at Gabriel Cosmetics) suggests:
“Switching to a bolder lip color is a quick and easy way to transition from day to night. When I have more time, I like to intensify the eyes with deeper shades and a few more coats of mascara.”

Have Some Quick 5-Minute Options

Lindsey Rivera suggests:
“The best way to transition from day to night would be to play up the eyes with a quick 5 minute smokey eye, add some blush and a pretty lipgloss. Or, wing out your liner a bit further using liquid or gel, and apply a bold lipstick. Red always looks great, and I love a deep burgundy for that vampy look.”


makeup refreshers

Mist And Refresh

Regina Ventimiglia suggests:
“Rather than piling on more layers of makeup, I choose to refresh what’s already on. I refresh the face with a facial spritz — Multi-Active Toner by Dermalogica is the spray always in my handbag ‚— and for bells and whistles, I like MAC Mineralize Charged Water mist (this one has a delicate golden gleam to it). I’ll change a matte lip to a bold shine without the stickiness of gloss by reaching for Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex.”

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner $34
Dermalogica Lip Renewal Complex $26
MAC Mineralize Charged Water $23

The Waterline is the Secret

Elaina Badro suggests:
“The quickest way to go from a “day” look to a “night” look is to apply a black pencil in the waterline of your eye. This will instantly add a little drama to the eye for your night out. Apply a dark brown or black shadow and use the smudger brush underneath bottom lashes for a soft smokey look.”

Inner Corner Shimmer

Shannon Van Horn suggests:
“I love a kohl liner in the “water line” of the eye for extra drama. Some brands, such as MAC and Makeup For Ever, sell pencils that are made for that part of the eye. Pair them with a dab of shimmer in the inner corners of the eye, and you have an instant upgrade from day to night. A fresh coat of your favorite gloss is a perfect finishing touch.”

Pick the Right Lippie

Stephanie Flor suggests:
“Add more liner on the outer corners of your eye or on the bottom lid with an eye pencil either in brown or black — it makes a big difference. A lipstick works great to transition, too. If you’re going to focus on your eyes, try a nude. If you’re leaving your eye makeup natural, apply some bight lipstick to add a punch.”

Have a Routine

Lori Leib suggests:
“Transitioning from day night can be as easy as adding a bit of liner to the water line. In order to make an impression that you put in some effort, I like to follow these steps:
• Dot a champagne shadow in the center of the lid for a bit of sparkle
• Line the upper lash line with a black or navy pencil liner and smudge
• Add an extra coat of mascara
• Apply a shimmering highlighter to the cheekbones – this is a quick way to get a goddess glow
• Last but not least, add a nice lip color, a berry pink, soft nude or bold red.”



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