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Work to Play: Beauty

By 9:29 AM

One of the main types of beauty/fashion posts I enjoy reading lately is how to easily transition from work to going out looks without having to go home and fully get ready again.

I get off work later in the evening than some people do, so if I want to go out with some friends after work I don't really the option to go home and change, since I'll lose roughly an hour of time just commuting back home (about 15 minutes) and then getting ready. It's just not worth it!

I'm going to make this a two-part post: This post is all about transiting to nighttime makeup/hair after work, and Friday's post will be about transiting to nighttime fashion. Stay tuned!

Let's get on with it!

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To help cut down the amount of time it'll take me to transition to a night look once I get off work, there are a few things I like to do before I head to work. 

(If I've made plans in advance, this is what I do - I'll include what I do when I have spur-of-the-moment plans at the bottom of this post!)


The first thing I do is make sure I wash my hair the day I have made plans to go out after work.

I usually like to wear my hair down when I go out and prefer to have it freshly washed, but that's just a personal preference.

I'll do any kind of styling that morning that I want when I get off work, whether it's a straightened look or a curled one. But I also make sure that I don't do anything crazy to my hair (like massive voluminous curls or crimping) because it's not really appropriate for my work. But that's up to you, of course. I just like to keep it simple.


With my makeup, I like to put more effort into three aspects of my look to make it easier on myself to transition later: skin, brows and eyes.

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The key to making your makeup easy to transition is to create a look that's easily layered. 
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Skin: On days when I know I'll be going out after work, I usually do a heavier foundation/concealer application.

Brows: I also make sure my brows look great so I don't have to worry about them looking rough when I get off work.

Eyes: Likewise, I do a little more with my eyes to cut down on transition time as well. I'll usually go for a subtle cat-eye liner and a light wash of brown eyeshadow in the crease. 

There are key items I'll carry in my bag with me to work to touch up my makeup before going out:

1. Pressed powder
2. Bronzer
3. Lipstick
4. A dark eyeshadow

(Below are my go-to products!)
Almay pressed powder; NYX Matte Lipstick in shade Alabama
Ulta bronzer; Ulta black eyeshadow

When I get off work, I'll touch up using these products when I'm in the car. 

I'll apply a little pressed powder to my t-zone to get rid of any shiny areas on my skin, sweep some bronzer on the hollows of my cheeks to contour, apply a bold lip and blend a little of the dark eyeshadow in the outer corners of my eyes for some added drama.

TIP: If you don't want to carry extra products with you, try using a multi-use item for eyes and cheeks. I sometimes will use my bronzer to add some depth to my eyes, which keeps me from having to carry an eyeshadow with me!


If you often have a friend call you up when you get off work, you'll want to be prepared ahead of time to make things easy on yourself.

The items needed don't change, but you'll want to try to keep these items in your bag at all times so you'll be prepared. If anything, at least keep a lipstick with you!


It really comes in handy to have these items with you as well, but it's totally up to you!

Hair ties
Mini bottle of dry shampoo
Blotting papers

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What do you do to transition from work to play? Let me know!

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