Monday, June 2, 2014
Bobbi Brown's Tips for Day to Night Makeup
"A flurry of invitations to holiday parties makes this the perfect time to have fun with your makeup. Different events--a black-tie ball, family reunions, and the annual office party--call for different dressed-up looks. Stressed? Don't be. Looking glamorous is as easy as adding one or two special touches to your day to night makeup. Here, I've created two looks with day to night makeup tips that'll have you covered for any occasion." - Bobbi Brown
Dramatic, smoky eyes are a black-tie classic. The easiest route to getting this look is with powder shadow, which is more forgiving to work with than pencil.
First, apply a light, neutral shadow (white for light to medium skin, bone for medium to dark skin) from your lash line to your brow bone.
Next, dust a medium shadow (light gray or slate for light to medium skin, darker gray for medium to dark skin) from lash line to crease. To prevent specks of shadow from falling onto the undereye area, blow or tap off excess shadow from the brush before applying.
Add color a little at a time, blend it with your brush, and then add more if needed (it's easier to build color up than it is to take it down). Smudge black shadow along the upper and lower lash lines using an eyeliner brush; then brush two coats of black mascara on the upper and lower lashes. Voilà--a sultry look that's all you.Lips
Balance strong eyes with a soft mouth. The most flattering shade will be slightly darker than your lips. Try hues like beige-pink or rosy brown. To make it last through the festivities, use a pencil that matches your lip color to line and completely fill lips in before applying lipstick. Skip the gloss, and let your eyes be the focal point.
To keep from looking washed-out, choose blush that looks like your cheeks when you've pinched them. A pale to sandy pink brightens light to medium skin; brownish to deep rose boosts dark complexions.
For a less dramatic but still festive-looking eye, try shimmery nude shadows. Start by applying a matte base color on lids--white shadow for light to medium skin, bone for medium to dark skin (avoid layering shimmer on shimmer, which results in a too-frosted effect).
Next, dust shimmery shadow on the lids (white for light to medium skin, bone for medium to dark skin). Then line the upper lash line with brown or espresso liquid or gel liner. When shopping for a shimmery shadow, the best choice is a product sheer enough to let skin show through.
To continue with this sophisticated monochromatic look, give lips equal billing with luxe shades of bronzy gloss. Try champagne (peachy brown) if you have light to medium skin or a brown shimmer if you have medium to dark skin. The darker your skin, the more orange pigment your gloss color can have.
A more dramatic option that's always right for this season is red lips. Blot on a creamy, semi-matte red lipstick with your fingers, creating a stained effect. If you're fair, go for a rosy red color; medium skin looks best in brown-red; and dark skin can carry a wine-red.
A warm shade will echo the colors you're wearing without taking center stage. For light to medium skin, try a tawny hue; bronzer is your best blush bet for medium to dark skin tones.
Day-to-Night Quick Changes
Here's what to toss in your purse in the morning for instant glam in the evening:
A cool shade such as gray, charcoal, or black provides a strong contrast to your skin, which instantly looks dressier.
Eyelash Curler and Black Mascara
Curl, then brush on two or three coats of mascara for maximum impact.
Shimmery Eye Shadow
Use a neutral color for lids, and dust it on cheekbones for a flattering glow.
Choose one that is a shade or two deeper than your daytime color. Or try a shimmery berry gloss over your regular lipstick.