It’s holiday season and as your calendar fills up with exciting events, you’ll want to be sure you look your best for each one. Especially if you’ve worked all day and have no time to pop home before heading out to that party after work. You’ll likely need to tote along your party wear and you’ll definitely want to touch up your makeup before you head out.

There’s no need to redo your whole face full of makeup though. Just bring along a few essentials so you can make a few strategic makeup and hair changes to transform your look from day to night. Here are 6 super quick tips that will have you ready just moments after you clock out so you can get to your after work party on time!


1. Use translucent powder

The biggest mistake many women make when they try to touch-up makeup after work on a full face of daytime makeup is using another layer of foundation or powder. It will only make you look cakey. Instead, lightly dust translucent powder all over your face to reduce shine and give your face a fresh look.

2. Swipe on more blush or bronzer

Just an extra swipe of your blush or bronzer on your cheeks will add a pop of color that will liven up your look in an instant.

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3. Brighten your eyes

Using a light colored and shimmery-style eye shadow, add it to the inner corners of your eyes. It serves to open them up and truly makes your eyes sparkle for a perfect evening look.

4. Go dark too

Contrast is important as well. Make sure you take along a dark eye shadow color to add depth to your creases. You don’t want to overdo it. Just a touch of it will give you that seductive nighttime depth without being too smoky and heavy.

5. Add just a touch of eyeliner

Subtle is the key here. Simply line your inner rim of upper lashes to give the appearance of fuller, darker lashes. You can also add a slight cat eye, but take it easy. Too much and you’ll look overdone.

6. Go bold with lips

The easiest way to liven up your daytime makeup into a nighttime look is to apply a bold lip color. While muted shades are best for office-wear, for nighttime, glam it up boldly!

Don’t forget your accessories to complete the look, pull up your hair into a quick up-do, and you’ll be ready to go in 10 minutes or less. You’ll look and feel fancier and refreshed, and ready for the festivities to begin!