If I sound a little tired today, it's probably because I am. In fact between this sentence and the next, I'm going to be making a Keurig stop in the kitchen—it's a two-cups-a-joe kinda day.
So since I'm kind of draggin' my wagon today (where are you, Friday? I thought you were my friend!), I hope you guys are cool with a post that I stole from basically every beauty magazine on the planet, if not every EDITION of every beauty magazine on the planet.
But honestly, a lot of people look for quick ways to morph from "working girl" gorgeous to "going out" glam so it's for a good cause. I know I've definitely been in situations where I had to change for an event in the office ladies' room (don't mind me!) . . . so I came up with a look that makes the transition pretty simply with just three tools to pack for the ride. Giddy up!
For the day look, I chose to do an understated smokey eye with matte neutrals from the Smashbox Full Exposure palette (if you saw the Beauty Battle post about this one, it's not my favorite palette, and I really don't think it was worth the price tag, but I have to admit, the "matte shadow" row has some very pretty, natural-looking neutrals).
I used my regular primers, eyeliner, mascara, and foundation (linked below) and went with a slightly nude lip so it was nice and day-friendly. Daylight (not to mention fluorescent office lights) tend to make darker colors look pretty harsh so I wanted it to go with a fairly soft palette to put out the I-didn't-wake-up-at-the-last-minute-but-I-also-didn't-try-too-hard vibe.
Okay, I have to insert a little side note here because I know the lip color looks a little scary in the picture above, but honestly, it's a VERY low-key, nearly-nude color. In fact, I had one wedding where I did several bridesmaids' makeup who were naked-lip-all-the-way ladies, but they said they wanted to try a teensy bit of color for the occasion.
I almost always start out with this when people say that because the tan / rose undertones suit almost any skin tone, and since it looks so natural, I can layer something else on top of it if the color isn't intense enough for their liking.
I kid you not, EVERY single trying-color-for-the-first-time bridesmaid I put it on that day asked for a little more color—AKA: it was too much like their beloved nude lip and was less than the "teensy bit" of color they wanted. So basically, don't let the picture scare you off. It's VERY natural.
This honestly might be something I start doing a lot more often. I took the "Night Look" pictures probably only 3 minutes after the day ones—no joke; it's SUCH a quick transition—and all I did was apply some black liner in my lower water line (the inner rim of your lower lid) all the way from the outer corners to the tear duct. Then, I shimmied through one extra coat of mascara and applied the bold lips. Instant night-prowler!
I hope you like this look and maybe try it on for size for Thirsty Thursday! :)
Love & light to all you super-fly stunners lookin' all pretty from sunup to sundown!