Happy Monday, everyone! I have had a lot of requests for a ‘day to night’ makeup look in the past, and I figured what better way to show you than to use just 1 eyeshadow palette. I’ve partnered up with Red Square again, and this time I’m showing you how I transition my daytime makeup to a glam evening makeup look. It’s super quick & easy, promise!
Before we get to the products I used to achieve the 2 makeup looks you see below, let me ask you this: Did you know Red Square offers a complimentary gift wrapping service (both online and in-store)? Yep, I’m sure this is a lifesaver for most men and last-minute shoppers out there.
Red Square offered to send me makeup, fragrance or skincare products to the value of R 1750,00. Being the makeup-loving beauty girl that I am, I chose 3 makeup products (all of which I have coveted for quite some time). I had so much fun browsing their online store, I probably had 10 different internet tabs open because I just couldn’t pick favourites. I eventually settled on an eyeshadow palette, an eyeshadow primer (I’ve officially hit bottom on my MAC Painterly Paint Pot) and the most beautiful bronzer in the history of the world!
There are so many Christmas gifts available at Red Square – may I suggest the ‘Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Eau de Parfum’ mentioned in this blog post, or ‘YSL Kouros Silver Eau de Toilette’ mentioned in this blog post, or perhaps the ‘Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector’ mentioned in this blog post?
I’ve already added the Benefit Party Poppers Set to my Christmas Wish List (I’ll have to direct Neal to this blog post) – it’s almost like an advent calendar that contains 12 days’ worth of mini and full sized products.
I’m all for stressless shopping – so I’d personally much rather place an online order, but remember to order all your Christmas prezzies before 12pm on Sunday, 19 December, to ensure Santa delivers those gifts on time!
Let’s take a look at the 3 products I ordered, and then we’ll move on to the makeup looks. I’ll also give you a couple of tips & tricks on how to take your daytime makeup look
Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact – This limited edition bronzer is exactly what your skin needs this Summer. It contains 4 universal satin-finish shades to warm up pale, light, tanned and even medium skin tones in a very natural way. It’s not too warm-toned, blends like a dream and contains ingredients that will help keep the skin moisturised and supple, as well as optically minimise lines and imperfections for a luminous, radiant complexion. For pale and light skin tones, sweep your bronzer brush over all 4 shades concentrating on the top two. For tanned and medium skin tones, sweep your brush over all 4 shades concentrating on the bottom two. Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzing Compact retails for R 550,00 and will be available for a limited time only.
Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer – I am the biggest fan of the Smashbox face primers, my ultimate favourite has to be their Photo Finish Pore Minimising Primer (reviewed here). If you work long hours, in an environment where it’s hot & humid, or you just want your eye makeup to stay put with no creasing, then this eyeshadow primer is right up your street! This fragrance-free primer doesn’t feel like your normal gel-like primers, this one’s texture is more like a thick, waxy balm. Don’t worry, it begins to warm up once you work it between your fingers (I use my ring fingers) and starts to soften, making it easy to apply to the eyelids. The primer goes on super smooth, but the texture remains a bit waxy until it has had a minute to dry (this is very important, even the packaging says to let it set for 60 seconds). If you apply your eyeshadow before the primer has set, you will have a difficult time blending it out. It amplifies the vibrancy of your shadows, and prevents creasing and fading (even on my rather oily eyelids). I must admit I haven’t tested the bold claim of 24-hour wear, because well… I can’t sleep with makeup on (it’s a big no-no for me). I am happy to report this primer takes its job very seriously: It locks your shadow down, even under extreme conditions like humidity and perspiration. Don’t forget: Smashbox is a cruelty-free brand. The Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer retails for R 290,00.
Smashbox Double Exposure Palette – This eyeshadow palette contains 7 shimmers, 4 satins and 3 matte shades ranging from beautiful neutrals to bold pops of colour. Here’s the kicker: Each eyeshadow can be used wet or dry, without running the risk of the eyeshadows hardening or glazing over. It features ‘coated’ pigments to create multiple effects when used wet or dry, some become more metallic, others become deeper in tone and the rest become more vibrant. The palette also comes with a handy dual-ended brush, plus a #SHAPEMATTERS how-to insert that features various eye makeup looks for different eye shapes. There is very little fallout (if any) from the pigmented shades, and I found them very easy to blend. The Double Exposure Palette retails for R 995,00 – it’s currently out of stock in the Red Square store, but will hopefully be back in stock soon!
For ease of reference, I’ve indicated the names of shades that I used for both eye makeup looks in the above photo.
DAYTIME MAKEUP LOOK
I applied my primer, foundation, concealer and setting powder as per normal and then went in with a angled blush brush to apply a subtle layer of the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Bronzer. When you are doing a minimal eye makeup look, it’s always better to use a light hand on the bronzer & blush as well to even everything out. I then added a peachy-toned blush to my cheeks, and a golden highlighter to the high points of my face (upper cheek bones, tip of the nose, cupid’s bow). I filled in my brows, and then started with the eye makeup.
I applied a thin layer of the Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer to my eyelids, crease and brow bone, I let it set for 1 minute. The following eyeshadow shades I mention are all from the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette – I applied ‘Veiled’ (a satin vanilla cream shade) to the crease to help the rest of the eyeshadows blend a bit easier. I always set my eye primers with a flesh-toned powder, it creates a smooth canvas for the eyeshadows you place on top to blend out easier. Using a fluffy brush (similar to the MAC 217 or CALA Blending Brush) I then blended a tiny amount of ‘Espresso’ (a matte medium brown shade) into the crease for added definition. The ‘Espresso’ shade is very pigmented, so use a light hand. Next up is my favourite part: I wet my eyeshadow brush (i.e. CALA Shading Brush or Essence Flat Eyeshadow Brush) using my makeup setting spray and applied ‘Quartz’ (the most beautiful rosy peach shade with a gold sheen) to the entire eyelid. When you apply ‘Quartz’ wet, it transforms into a vibrant metallic shadow that changes from peach to gold in different lighting. I then added a bit more of ‘Espresso’ to the outer crease and outer lid area because I felt it needed a bit more definition. For the bottom lash line I kept it simple, I only applied ‘Quartz’ (also wet) to the entire lower lash line. To highlight the inner corner of the eye, I used ‘Blanc’ (an intense shimmery silver shade) and to define the upper lash line I applied mixture of ‘Espresso’ and ‘Noir’ (a matte black) using an angled brush like the CALA Brow / Liner Brush or Sigma Small Angle E65 Brush. Add a coat or two of your favourite mascara, and you’re done!
Top Tip: You can also use eye drops or normal water to wet your eyeshadow brush, but I find using a makeup setting spray just helps your eye makeup last a bit longer.
Here’s a scenario: You’re at work, it’s 16:55 and you’ve had a long, and rather stressful day. While you’re fantasising about a pair of sweatpants and a glass of wine at home, your best friend calls and asks you to meet her for drinks at 18h00. You haven’t seen her in a while, and her birthday is coming up this weekend so you don’t want to be the jerk that said: “No, thanks.” It takes you 20 minutes to get home, and from home another 25 minutes to get to the cocktail lounge. That means you only have 15 minutes to go from a no-makeup makeup look to full glam evening makeup look.
It’s definitely doable! We have all had to get ready in a hot second when our makeup is at least 8 hours old, here’s how I do it:
EVENING MAKEUP LOOK
The first step in going from a day- to night makeup is to use blotting papers to remove any oils that may have built up over the day. Do not apply your face powder on top of an oily face, because it will most definitely cake up. Pay special attention to your T-zone, and remember to use patting motions when using blotting papers (not wiping motions). You can touch up your concealer where you need it, and then set your T-zone and the areas where you applied your concealer with a setting powder. I applied a bit more bronzer to the perimeters of my face, focusing on the cheeks – this will help to balance out the smoky eye we’re about to create.
When you’re in a rush to dash out the door, you don’t have time to redo your entire eye makeup look. Here’s what I did: I decided to go for a sultry nighttime look, and used most of the shades I used for the daytime look above but switched out one of the shades. When you keep the makeup look within the same colour scheme, you’ll find it’s so much easier to transition the look from day to night.
To start off my smoky eye, I blended a bit more of ‘Espresso’ into the crease. I then flipped the eyeshadow brush I used to apply ‘Quartz’ over, and used that side to apply ‘Copper’ (a gorgeous bronze shade with a burgundy undertone) to the entire lid area. I applied ‘Copper’ wet to transform it into a metallic eyeshadow. Applying this bronze shade on top of the peachy-gold, gave it a more rusty copper hue (I love it!). I touched up the inner corner with that same ‘Blanc’ shade, and then applied ‘Copper’ to the lower lash line as well. I blended the ‘Copper’ shade in towards the inner part of the eye, to fade in to the existing peachy-gold that was already there to give a bit of dimension to the look. I like to think my wrinkly eyelids also give dimension to the look – haha! I intensified the upper lash line with the ‘Noir’ shadow (I applied it wet), so it acted as an eyeliner. I avoided adding more mascara, since adding new mascara on top of old usually results in clumping. Adding falsies completed the whole look, I’m definitely not a pro when it comes to applying false lashes but just look at the difference it made. Use a tweezer to place the centre of the false lash band down on the centre of lash line, and then press down the inner and outer section of the falsies (it takes a bit of practice, but once you have the hang of it, you’ll be able to do it in under a minute).
If there is anything you see in this blog post, that you would like more info on i.e. what lipstick or lipgloss I’m wearing, feel free to ask me in the comments section below. I didn’t want to include a list of the other face products I used, because this blog post would have been very long.
I apologise for the difference in lighting in the daytime and nighttime makeup look photos, I took the photos at different times of the day (which made my skin tone look a bit different as well). It happens when you’re working with natural light for your photos, and I didn’t want to edit the heck out of my photos just to have the skin tones look the same.
Now for the exciting part! I have a R 1000,00 Red Square gift card to give away to 1 lucky Pink Peonies blog reader. If you would like to stand a chance of winning a gift card that you can use for ANYTHING at a Red Square store (not online), enter the giveaway below. To enter, all you have to do is complete your chosen entries via the Rafflecopter widget below. Simple and easy! If you are not sure how to use the widget below, take a look at this blog post (I cover a ‘How To’ towards the end of the post).
Please note: I’ve added another Twitter entry to the giveaway (usually I only have one tweet option) because I’ve noticed not everyone uses to Twitter button in the Rafflecopter widget to tweet the generic giveaway message that includes a link to the blog post. So I’ve added another option for you to RETWEET my giveaway tweet (the one with the photo). See below:
This giveaway is open to South African residents only.
The giveaway will run until 11:59pm on Thursday, 17th December 2015, with 1 winner being selected at random shortly afterwards. I always announce the winners of my giveaways on Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on both social media platforms.
Huge thank you to Red Square for sponsoring this amazing Christmas #ItsaWrap giveaway.