SKILL LEVEL 1
by Jessica Teas
Perfect evening makeup takes just a bit of know-how, a few makeup techniques and only a few products. In fact, you can use most of the same stuff you use during the day. By playing up either your eyes or lips, you can upgrade your no-makeup makeup day look into something more sultry for night.
Beauty writer and consultant Jessica Teas contributes to national and international beauty publications. InStyle Magazine's UK edition named Jessica's website, www.beautywoome.com, one of the 50 best style websites.
1 Skill level
1 out of 5
Unless you're heading out right from the office, plan to dress after applying makeup. But if you're wearing a pullover top, dress first so you won't disturb your finished makeup. Then protect the clothing near your neck with a towel or paper toweling.
Clip or tie your hair out of the way. Or, if you're setting your hair with hot rollers, set it now.
Without great skin — or the illusion of great skin — people overlook great eyes and lips. Start with a wash or refresh.
If you're at home. Wash your face, exfoliate with a gentle scrub and then apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Wait a few minutes to let the lotion sink in.
If you're at work. Spritz your face with water (floral or plain) or toner. If unavailable, place cool, wet paper towel (tap water is fine) over your face for a few seconds to refresh.
Dab a dot of foundation onto your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Blend the foundation outwards with your fingers, a brush or a damp sponge, including the undereye and any red areas.
Dab blush onto the upper apple of the cheek and blend:
If you're getting ready at the office and don't have blush, apply a small dot of lipstick or lip stain to your cheeks instead. Start with a small amount — it's easier to add more than to remove it.
If you're accentuating your lips, use a bright lipstick. If not, use a nude color (or stick with lip balm).
Here's how to apply lipstick that sticks:
1. Remove any lipstick you already have on. Apply lip balm and blot.
2. Apply a thin layer of foundation, concealer or powder.
3. If you use a lip liner, gently outline your lips. If not, use your fingertip or a lip brush to apply lipstick, gloss or stain directly to the center of both lips.
4. Apply the lipstick, gloss or stain to the rest of your lips.
5. Blot lipstick and stain — but not gloss — with a facial tissue.
6. If you have face powder, gently dust the lipstick or stain with it and apply more lipstick or stain.
If you're focusing on eyes, here's how to do fool-proof smoky eyes.
1. Load an eyeshadow brush or your finger with a smoky, well-pigmented powder or cream eyeshadow and tap off the excess.
2. Swipe the shadow across the lid just to the crease in your brow bone. With a clean brush or finger, blend the edge until there's a soft line, pulling color just past the outer corner of the eye.
3. Pull the eyeshadow remaining on the brush or your finger under the outer 1/3 of lower lashes, blending outwards towards the outer corner of your eye.
4. Use an angled brush loaded with shadow or eyeliner to draw dashes across your upper lash line. Connect the dashes, starting from the outer corner and working inwards.
5. With a Q-tip, wipe away mistakes and smudges.
6. Dot concealer under the eye and on brow bone and tap the concealer with your finger until completely blended.
7. Dust eye makeup and concealer gently with loose or pressed powder.
8. Apply mascara and the comb your lashes to remove clumps and separate lashes.
Gently apply eyeliner to the upper lash line. Apply neutral eyeshadow to the lid and fill in your eyebrows.
Buff your skin gently with a tissue or cotton ball to remove excess makeup.
Optional: Close your eyes and spray your face with a makeup fixer, following label directions.
Finish your hair.
To last all night, evening makeup requires touchups, so carry some products with you:
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|Hair clip or hair tie|
|Hot hair rollers|
|Lipstick, gloss or stain|
|Makeup brush or sponge|
|Spritzer of water|