5 Beauty Must-Haves for Day-to-Night Looks

You don't always have time to run home after work to re-do your makeup for the night, or to just take a break after a day away from home to put together your evening look. For those days when you'll be doing your makeup on the run, stock your makeup bag with items that will help you transition your simple or neutral look by day to something more dramatic and sultry for the night. Here are five of my top beauty must-haves for day-to-night looks:




Benefit Boi-ing concealer #1: Benefit boi-ing Concealer

Even though it's described as an 'industrial-strength concealer,' I've found it can be used to create very lightweight coverage if you need it. This is one of my beauty staples and works as a great camouflage product for both day and night looks. By day, apply this concealer under your eyes and on any skin flaws using your fingertips for light coverage under foundation. For night, use a makeup brush to apply a thicker layer around the eyes and over any flaws. Blend that layer with liquid or gel foundation for a flawless look.

#2: Urban Decay NAKED2 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay NAKED2 Eyeshadow Palette This eyeshadow palette has plenty of shades to create both daytime and nighttime looks. I use the taupe and silver shades to create a daytime smoky eye, and the dark browns and pewter shades for a sultry look by night. The black eyeshadow in this collection is perfect for creating your crease line and then blending in with other colors for a smoky look.

#3: VS PRO Lasting FX Eye Shadow Primer

If I'm wearing primer, I usually use the same primer that I use on my face for my eyelids. However, I've found the VS PRO Makeup Eyeshadow Primer is perfect for days when you don't want to wear a layer of primer all over. I received this primer to review last year and have been using it since. When I just want my eye makeup to stick and am using several layers of colors or glittering shadow, this is my go-to primer.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner #4: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner

Rimmel London is one of the few drugstore brands that I buy regularly because all the products have serious staying power and many are equally as effective as prestige brands. When you want to create the perfect cat eye or an exaggerated winged eyeliner look by night, use the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner to create a flawless line in a flash. The color goes on smooth and won't smudge -- it's one of the few sweat-proof and waterproof liners that actually lasts.

Beautyblender sponge #5: Beautyblender Makeup Sponge

Applying foundation with the Beautyblender is the easiest way to create a flawless look. When you want more coverage by night, just dab liquid or cream foundation over your face and then blend with a slightly damp Beautyblender. This is the best makeup sponge for creating a smooth, natural-looking finish that lasts for hours. When you're wearing a tinted moisturizer or powder makeup by day, add some blend liquid or cream foundation to the face using the Beautyblender for that extra coverage you want and an airbrushed look.