Have a hot date? Put on your night eyes!

January 21st, 2010

Night makeup

Day-to-night makeup.

Are you heading out for a few drinks or going on a dinner date straight after work? In a few simple steps … take your office-look into the evening. Grab a portable mirror and do it at your desk!

Makeup artist tip: This look is perfect for Valentine’s Day. You will totally rock his socks!

Day makeup look


A wash of light-beige metallic eyeshadow(1) over the eyelid, a slick of liquid liner(2) across the top lashes, paired with a pink lip(3) and cheek(4). To take this look into the night, watch the video tutorial and follow the steps below:


Night out makeup

1. Ramp up your eyes!

a). Highlight the inner corner. This will brighten your eyes, make them appear further apart, and give them a mysterious glimmer.

Take a small amount of light-colored, shimmery eyeshadow(a) on the tip of a pencil brush(b), tap off any excess; then, using a patting motion, apply it to the inner corner of the eye. Also, blend it along the innermost part of the top and bottom lash lines.

Which color should I choose? For a cool edge, pick a sheer silver or pearlized white pigment. If you prefer a gilded glow, go for a frosted gold or bronze hue. Both color options work well on light and dark complexions.

b). Add depth to the eyelid. To take your eyeshadow from day to night, apply a deeper shade.

Dior eyeshadow

To achieve a good color pay-off, pat a mid-toned shadow(c) over the eyelid with a firm, flat eyeshadow brush(d). Then, to soften the edges, take a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush(e), and using a combination of back and forth strokes and circular motions, work the eyeshadow through the crease and blend it upward onto the lower section of the brow bone. For extra oomph, take the shadow beneath the eye and feather it along the lower lash line with a medium angled brush(f).

Next, to add more intensity, press a deep-toned eyeshadow(g) over the outer half of the eyelid with a firm, flat eyeshadow brush(d). Then, using a soft, fluffy eyeshadow brush(e), blend it backwards and forwards over the outer corner of the lid and up through the socket line.

What color eyeshadow suits me? Earthy shades suit most eye colors and skin tones. Matte or metallic beige shadows work well on blue eyes and white complexions, while yellow or orangey-peach shades suit brown eyes and Asian or yellow-based black skins. If your skin is black with a red undertone, use an orange, reddish-brown or burgundy eyeshadow.

Dior mascara

c). Define the lower lash line. To give the eye definition, work a dark-colored eyeshadow(h) in between the bottom lashes with a small angled brush(i).

What color eyeliner is best? Use a dark-brown or gray powder eyeshadow to create a more natural under-eye contour; or for a stronger, sharper line, opt for jet black.

d). Liven up your lashes! To open up the eye, apply a lick of mascara(j) to both the top and bottom lashes. Wiggle the wand from root to tip for maximum coverage.

Makeup artist tip: Don’t forget to coat the top side of the upper lashes. This will give extra length and volume, and camouflage any fall-out from your eyeshadow application.

2. Freshen up the rest of your face!

Dior lipstick


For an even application of color, touch-up your lippy(k) with a lip brush(l).

Lipstick picks! For a full and plump-looking pout, choose a lipstick or gloss in a light shade. Nudes and pale pinks are perfect choices for white skins, while browns and caramels flatter olive complexions. If you have large lips and want them to appear smaller and thinner, opt for darker tones and matte textures.


For radiant skin, sweep on a luminizing bronzing powder(m) with a large, fluffy powder brush(n).

Bronzing basics! Swirl the brush in bronzing powder and tap off any excess. Then, using short up-and-down and side-to-side strokes, blend it over the areas of the face that would naturally catch the sun (i.e. cheekbones, temples, forehead, nose and chin).

Night makeup

3. Want to add some serious va va voom to your look?

Adorn your eyelids with a set of full-strip false lashes(o). For step-by-step instructions on how to apply them, watch my Wink and Flutter video tutorial.

Lastly, put on your party outfit and spray on some fragrance. You’re ready to roll!

Air kisses

Product list.

(a) Fardel Loose Iridescent Powder in Gold 602.

(b) M·A·C Pencil Brush 219.

(c) Light-brown eyeshadow from Dior 5 Couleur Iridescent Eyeshadow in Earth Reflection 609.

(d) Shu Uemura Synthetic Brush 10.

(e) M·A·C Tapered Blender Brush 224.

(f) M·A·C Medium Angled Shading Brush 275.

(g) Dark-brown eyeshadow from Dior 5 Couleur Iridescent Eyeshadow in Earth Reflection 609.

(h) M·A·C Eyeshadow in Carbon.

(i) Shu Uemura Natural Brush 6ob.

(j) Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara in Black-Kohl 099.

Fake eyelashes

(k) Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick in Trendy Pink 376 and Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Trenchcoat Beige 137.

(l) Chanel Small Concealer Brush.

(m) M·A·C Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden.

(n) M·A·C Large Powder Brush 150.

(o) 3 Lash by M·A·C  (and Duo Adhesive).

(Daytime look: (1)White and Beige from Dior 5 Couleur Iridescent Eyeshadow in Parisian Lights 559,(2)M·A·C Fluidline in Blacktrack, (3)Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Fuchsia Poplin 677, (4)Shu Uemura Glow On Blush in P Wine 25.)


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