As a working woman, it’s hard to accomplish everything I want to get done on my busy schedule. How will I fit in gym time, work, chores, grocery shopping, happy hour, and date night!? Y’all sometimes it feels IMPOSSIBLE! Luckily, it’s easier to transition from daily work obligations to nightly social outings than you think. With these makeup and beauty tips (including my favorite products), I’ll have you ready for 5:30 happy hour in no time.
Keep scrolling to read all about my holy grail beauty products for daytime to night-time glam and click here to watch a step-by-step tutorial.
When it comes to my everyday work look, I want something that looks effortless, natural, and doesn’t take too much time to get ready in the morning. Here are my best tips and products I LOVE for that effortless office glow:
It is so important to prime and prep your skin for any makeup look. I love to use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Serum to moisturize my skin in the morning. This product is perfect for all skin types, even sensitive and oily skin. After moisturizing, I use a primer to prime my skin before applying foundation. Lately, I have been obsessed with the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Primer. This primer is not heavy or greasy and it helps lock in my look all day.
BUILD A GOOD FOUNDATION:
If I want a look that is natural but lasts all day, my go-to, full coverage, long lasting foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation or Too Faced Born This Way foundation. Both of these foundations don’t feel heavy or cakey and provide long lasting wear all day.
A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY:
Go easy on the bronzer and blush. Sometimes office lighting can be super harsh. I like to use a lighter bronzer and blush for everyday wear. I love the Tarte Amazonian Clay bronzers and blush. I use Park Ave Princess for bronzer and Paaarty for blush. I love this bronzer because it has a shimmer in the formula which doesn’t leave you looking flat like a matte bronzer can. Paaarty is my favorite blush because it’s a nude, coral, pink and looks so natural but gives some color to your cheeks.
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND:
Highlight, highlight, highlight! I love a glowy natural look and I especially love it for the office. When highlighting key features on your face, it helps you appear (and feel) more awake. I highlight all highpoints of my face – my cheek bones, cupid’s bow, the bridge of my nose, brow bone, and the inner corner of my eyes. The inner corner of your eyes is a key place because it helps your eyes appear bigger and more alert and awake. I know I need all the help I can get when it comes to that! My favorite highlighter as of late are the L’Oreal Glow Drops. They come in two shades: Golden Hour and Day Break. I wear the shade Golden Hour because it gives me that effortless sunkissed glow.
SIMPLICITY IS KEY:
Keep your eye look simple. I love to just throw a brown shade or my bronzer in my crease with a blending brush. It looks natural but gives the shape of your eyes some definition. I will sometimes use a brown cream eyeliner and gently line my lashes and finish with a volumizing mascara. My favorite mascara as of late is the L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara. If you haven’t tried this yet pick up a tube ASAP! This mascara provides volume, lengthens, isn’t clumpy, and does not flake. Y’all, it’s my holy grail.
Keep your lip color natural and cohesive. I love to finish off my look with any pretty pink nude shade. My all time favorite effortless nude lipsticks are the Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Naked and the L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in shade 910.
Day to Night
When 5 o’clock finally rolls around, you don’t want to spend all of your time blending out a smokey eye or applying a fresh face of makeup. So instead, here are two easy, hassle-free tips to take your office look from day to night:
Transition your lip color to a sassy pink or fiery red. A bright color lip can make a big statement and is the perfect accessory for your nighttime outfit.
Put on a bold pair of earrings and a fun statement necklace. I love Sugarfix by Bauble Bar (available at Target) because they have the cutest jewelry and it’s incredibly affordable. I bought these super cute earrings for $13, and this fun layered necklace for $16. My earrings are no longer available but shop a similar pair here!
With these tips, you don’t have to overcomplicate your busy life any longer. I hope these helpful suggestions take some stress out of your schedule!
Don’t forget, if you want to watch an in-depth tutorial of how I achieve this day-to-night look, scroll up to watch my YouTube video linked above.