We love a good office party but we do not love the annual rigmarole of trying to transform ourselves into glam stylistas in the office bathroom. If you’re always the last one to be ready for the party, check out these super easy-to-achieve day to night makeup looks.
The Hollywood Glamazon
There’s nothing more festive than a classic red lip, which is why the golden age of Hollywood look is one of our faves for Christmas parties. During the day, apply a light and glowy base (Max Factor’s Lasting Performance Foundation should see you through both the day and night), a slick of mascara, and some red lipstick. Don’t worry about the lippy looking too much for the office, with the rest of your makeup being so pared down it’ll just look sophisticated and cool. Then, when it’s time to head to the party, all you have to do is grab your contouring kit and slick on a classic cat’s eye with liquid eyeliner to take this look from fresh and modern to sultry and glamorous. For bonus points, spritz your hair with a strong hold hairspray at the beginning of the day and then tie it up in a bun. At the end of the day, take out the bun and enjoy voluminous, red carpet-ready waves in an instant.
The Rock Chick
If you’re really not one to bother with loads of contouring and highlighting and all those other makeup tricks, you’ll need a day-to-night look that’s ready to go in less than 20 minutes. To achieve this, it’s best to focus on one feature and nothing says ‘party time’ more than a fierce-looking smoky eye. To highlight your peepers, keep the rest of your makeup minimal, sticking to just a very sheer lightweight foundation for the perfect ‘undone’ look. At the end of the day, grab a smoky eye kit (we love this W7 Cosmetics In The Night Smoky Shades eyeshadow palette) and let loose. You can finish with a plumping lip gloss if you want, or just leave the rest of your face bare for effortless rock chick style.
Berry shades are everywhere this season and are so ideal for winter parties. This look features some seriously striking eyes and lips so your base will need to be flawless to keep your face looking clean and sophisticated (this L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Foundation should do the trick). By day, opt for a subtle smoky eye with natural tones rather than harsh blacks or purples – this W7 Cosmetics Toasted eyeshadow kit has the perfect shades. That way, you can build on the colour and intensity when it comes time to party. Finish off with a deep, rich berry shade like Technic’s Colour Max Lipstick in Deep Purple and you’ll easily be the coolest girl at the office do.