DailyBuzz Style January 9x9: Day to Night Makeup Tips

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

When DailyBuzz Style selected me for its January "Day to Night Makeup" 9x9 style challenge, I was beyond excited. After all, as a working professional who flutters through a busy social calendar, I'm all about finding makeup shortcuts that can quickly take me from looking professional and well-coiffed during the day to out the front office door and party ready when the clock strikes six.

Inspired by two period movies I'd recently seen, my two looks for this makeup feature is a throwback to retro glam, to a time when style and femininity effortlessly permeated the beauty landscape. My Week With Marilyn" showcases Michelle Williams transformed into the ultimate pinup girl while "Flowers of War" features the elegant glamour of 1930s China.

To fabulously take your retro glam makeup from day to night, it's absolutely imperative to start with a good base using long-lasting and hydrating products.

Step 1:  Ever girl in Asia is obsessed with BB cream, a moisturizing, SPF-enriched full coverage cream that serves as an ideal long lasting makeup base. It's lighter than foundation so it doesn't sit on the skin or cake. <3 Shisedo Integrate BB Cream
Step 2:  Spot concealer is applied to problem areas.  I like to use a separate under eye concealer as I find regular concealers to be too drying for the sensitive, wrinkle-prone under eye area. <3 Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage <3 Miracle Skin Transformer Treat and Conceal 
Step 3:  A light coat of powder seals in my base makeup, leaving skin looking flawless and airbrushed. <3 Za True White Vitamin Powder
*owning a wide range of high quality makeup brushes is a must for every makeup maven. After all, your face IS the ultimate canvas!

A daytime retro glam look does not require a ton of makeup. Instead, focus should be on specific eye-catching areas. Molly, my makeup artist pal from Blushington Makeup Salon suggests creating curved and dramatic eyebrows, winged eyes, and soft and pouty lips for a natural but distinct daytime retro look.

Step 1: A light pink shadow is applied all over the eyelids.
Step 2: A light taupe shadow is layered over the eye crease.
<3 NYX Cosmetics Naked Palette as it contains all the essential eye-enhancing colors for a perfect daytime look.
Step 3: Adding on a pair of false lashes instantly widens and makes my eyes pop. Make sure the lashes are not too long and Elvira-like. After all, you're wearing this look to work, not to trick or treating! It's also imperative that the lashes wing out and are longer at the outer corners, creating an effortless cat-eye effect. <3 Red Cherry False Lashes, made with 100% human hair.
Step 4: Long lasting black liquid eyeliner is a must for shaping flirty eyes with precision and ease. Draw from the upper lash liner, starting with the inner corners of your eyes. Angle it upwards when you reach the outer corners for a dramatic winged look. <3 Japanese branded liquid eyeliners
Step 5:  A light layer of nude eyeliner applied to the bottom lash line will illuminate the eyes. <3 Pixi nude eyeliner

A gentle sweep of pink blush along the apples of your cheeks and a soft dab of pink lip gloss finalizes this easy retro daytime look. <3 Nars Orgasm blush <3 Dalton lip gloss tubes

<3 Conair Infiniti Pro 1 1/2 inch barrel curling iron. It create soft and long lasting loose curls that's frizz free and worry free!


Sweater: Tulle
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Very.com 

To easily and quickly transform my daytime look to something that's more evening appropriate, focus on the eyes and lips! Simply add a layer of dark taupe eyeshadow to the inner eye creases, followed by gel eyeliner to both the top and bottom lash lines. Next, a light layer of ivory cream shadow added to the inside corners will make your eyes brightly pop. Reapply your blush as it's probably a bit faded by now. Lastly, boldly change your lip color to an eye-catching vixen red. My go-to color is a combination of MAC Russian Red layered with a coat of Artistry burgundy lip gloss, which adds shine and moisture. And just like that, you've gone from Norma Jean to Marilyn in under ten minutes!


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