Desk-to-dinner makeup

Dealing with rush hour while hurrying to get home from your 9-to-5 in order to get ready and make a 7 p.m. dinner reservation? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Instead, try wearing a buildable look that can be easily transitioned from day to night. Here’s what we came up with:


Photo by Mohammed F Emran.


  • Create a soft contour. Apply bronzer to the temples, below the cheek bones and under the jaw line. Blend until it looks natural.
  • Apply blush to the cheekbones and work down towards the apples.
  • Apply an iridescent pink shadow all over the eyelid and into the inner corner.
  • Work a muted pink with brown and gold undertones into the crease, keeping it off of the lid. This will create a subtle cut crease.
  • Smudge the muted shade onto the outer third of the lower lash line and blend it out using the pink.
  • Give lashes a gentle curl and apply one coat of mascara.
  • Lightly fill in brows.
  • Use a rosy lip stain and build as desired.


Photo by Mohammed F Emran.


  • Make a stronger contour by adding more bronzer to the jawline and under the cheek bones, focusing the product back towards the ears.
  • Add a little more blush to refresh the look after all-day wear and to blend the bronzer.
  • Refresh the iridescent pink shadow and add a carefully add a dark purple color to the outer corner of the eyelid and into the crease. Work the product in a “V” shape until you achieve a slightly smoky look. Gently blend with the pink.

**Be careful when working with purpley colors; they can make your skin looked bruised. You can always add, but it’s hard to take off.** 

  • Smudge the dark purple onto the lower lash line, working it halfway in and connecting with the upper eyelid at the outer corner.
  • Use highlighter In the inner corner and work it onto the inner third lower lash line.
  • Line the outer half of the upper lash line with a black shadow or pencil and smudge outwards to create more of a smoky effect. Line the waterline and tightline for a more dramatic effect.
  • Apply another coat or two of mascara, wiggling the applicator at the base of the lashes to create volume.
  • Fill brows in fuller to frame the face.
  • Complete the skin by highlighting the cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, bridge of the nose and brow bones.
  • Finish the look with lipstick. Build the color until desired pigmentation is reached.

Products used

Photo by Alexis Paige
Photo by Alexis Paige

Two Faced “Chocolate Soleil” bronzer

Laura Mercier Highlight “01”

Burberry Light Glow Earthy Blush “No. 07”

Benefit “Bene-tint” cheek/lip stain

Lancôme eyeshadows in “Off the Rack”, “Exhibition”, “Backstage Pass” and “The New Black”

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara in “Black”

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in “Caramel”

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural in “Copper Pink”