Q: What is considered everyday makeup and how do you bump it up into an evening look? 

: It depends on person to person what they consider as everyday makeup. There is really no rule. Personally, I believe that everyday makeup shouldn't look overdone; it's applied in such a way that a woman looks radiant and lit from within. That when people look at you, they don't notice what lipstick or blush you're using and instead they see you -- only better. It involves only a few choices of cosmetic items, and a few minutes in the morning. 

It takes only about five to ten minutes for me to finish my everyday makeup, depending on how much time I still have and on my mood. Aren't there days when even putting on SPF is a pain?? 
Here's a photo of me in my everyday makeup look: 


For this look, I stayed away from my typical faves in my makeup kit so I can try other items for my blog reviews'  sake.
 Here are what I used:

Powder: DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Powder in Linen

Blush: Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Rose Bloom
Bronzer: Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze in 20
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
Eyebrow: Benefit Speed Brow in Neutral
Lipgloss: NARS Lip Gloss in Chihuahua

I limited myself to just 5 items to emphasize that you don't need to use a lot to achieve a decent face everyday. I tried to not use the heavy stuff like concealers and shadows to avoid having too many layers sitting on my skin. The idea of everyday makeup is to look enhanced and not masked-up. 

As for bumping your daytime look to an evening look (like if you're meeting up friends after work or for cocktails), it's all about making your features more defined since there's only limited lighting available and it's less risky for makeup to look obvious. Be careful though on over-doing it. I prefer playing up only one or at most two features on my face and leaving the rest looking natural still. 

The first step on bumping up your look is to make sure your face is in its best condition to receive retouches and additional product. I blotted oil first with an oil blotter (you can use a facial tissue as an alternative) to remove excess oil on my face. I went ahead and light-handedly swiped another layer of powder on my face. I also applied more blush and bronzer as these products tend to fade after just 3 hours.

In this photo, I decided to focus on just my lips for my nighttime look. My lips are pretty small and thin and I always take bad photos when I go for nude lips at night. It really depends on you what you'd like to accentuate. Since I already went for a bright pop of color on my lips, I just defined my eyes by adding another layer of mascara and smudged out a soft grey liner. I further defined my brows by using a neutral brow pencil. I also added a dust of highlighter on my cheekbones, forehead, nose bridge and chin. 

Powder: DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Powder in Linen
Blush: Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Rose Bloom
Bronzer: Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze in 20
Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
Eyeliner: ArtDeco Soft Eyeliner in 65 Grey
Eyebrow: Benefit Speed Brow in Neutral and Make Up For Ever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in 01
Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte

Q&A is a section of my blog where I'd be posting beauty-related questions from my clients, readers and anyone really. You can submit your questions to diorco@gmail.com.

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