The go-anywhere face look
that converts from day to night
The most successfully made-up
has fundamentally a natural look. The go-anywhere face is quick, simple and easy
to achieve, and it gives you confidence, because you know it looks good. Rely on
the basic look during the day, then adapt for stunning evening effect.
Day Basics: For a base that lasts with the minimum of build up caused by
retouching, go for a powder-cream compact
foundation, and sponge-blend lightly over the skin. Try not to overload oily
or crease-prone zones. Lift off excess from the hairline and jawline with the
clean side of the sponge.
Night Extras: Foundation absorbs, settles and wears off in patches, depending on
your skin is. Tissue-blot your skin to absorb surface oiliness and get a more
accurate picture of your base. Be selective with retouching: blending lightly
with a clean sponge may be enough to redistribute foundation. Check shadows and
with concealer. If you need to, apply a light layer of powder-cream foundation,
or fluff over a loose translucent powder. Those with light reflecting pigments
and a delicate peach or rose tinge give a soft, attractive evening glow.
Day Basics: Warm cheek apples and browbones with your regular, neutral powder
Night Extras: Top up your daytime blush with a slightly brighter tone, high on
the cheek domes. Buff the two together for a glowing finish.
Day Basics: Nude-look lids are obviously the easiest to build up later. If you
feel “eyeless” without some colour, choose a neutral tone, such as soft beige,
over lids with deeper brown definition next to the lashes. Apply a single coat
Night Extras: The merest touch of a sheen shadow blended over the lid domes
sparkle. Retouch the lid line by re-blending existing colour with a
cotton tip or clean sponge applicator, then adding a touch more if you need to.
Strengthen your lashes with a second coat of mascara. To open up and glamorize
eyes without looking too obvious, attach two or three separate false lashes to
your natural lash base at the outer corners of your upper lids only.
Day Basics: Use a natural beige or lightened lipstick for an all-day ally that
can be easily adapted. Make the
lip contours as soft as possible.
Night Extras: Retouch or redefine your lip outline. Echo the blush effect on
your lips – top up the basic tone with a more vibrant colour, but apply to the
centre of your lips only. Alternatively, cleanse your lips, prime with
foundation to blend with the surrounding skin and redo your lips with a bolder
evening colour that will strengthen your entire look.
Go-Anywhere Face Tips
For really accurate results apply
make-up in daylight, which is the most
critical kind of light. For evening making-up, rig up two unshaded lamps either
side of your make-up mirror so light bathes your entire
If you wear glasses you’ll need to adapt your eye make-up to suit. Concave
(short-sighted) lenses make eyes look smaller. Define them with brown shadow and
highlight the centre of the lids with a hint of ivory.
lenses magnify the eyes. Keep
eye shadow colours cool and
textures matt, and ensure your lashes are perfectly separated after applying