How To Take Your Makeup From Day To Night

Stevi Incremona
Stevi graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. When she's not auditioning and running around New York, she's escaping to her original home at the Jersey Shore and most definitely lying on a beach somewhere equidistant between the ocean and tiki bar. She's a coffee snob, craft beer enthusiast, technology nerd, and obviously (most importantly) has a very real addiction to buying and trying affordable beauty products.

Marathon days of meetings, fulfilling your various real-person responsibilities, and basically all around adult-ing, can take a lot out of you. After long days nothing sounds better than a happy hour with the people that are responsible for your sanity. And lets be real, those happy hours often take a turn for the late night. These are some quick tips and tricks that will allow you to take that AM makeup into a late night look with a few easy steps.




Your business-appropriate face probably includes some foundation, concealer, light shadow and mascara. You can look at this as having your base done and ready to be built on.


The first step you want to do when transitioning into a more dramatic look is make sure your base is flawless.


  • Most people use a setting spray as the final step in their routine to set their makeup and make it last. And while that is the obvious way to use the product, I love to use a setting spray to rejuvenate my makeup.
  • I spritz the product liberally all over my face, then use a sponge to press the moisture into my skin. I find that this works to eliminate any creasing in my foundation and concealer that may have happened during the day.

High End Production Recommendation: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray – $30




Affordable Product Recommendation: L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray – $16




  • After my foundation is all back in place, I’ll go in under my eyes with a touch of concealer just to bring some brightness back into my life. I find that my foundation usually lasts, but concealer has a cruel way of peace-ing out, like, five minutes into my day.
  • I always carry around L’Oreal’s True Match Super Blendable Concealer because it’s quite possibly the easiest concealer to use in the universe, doesn’t require excessive blending, and the packaging is teeny tiny. 







  • The simplest way to make a bold change is to throw on some bright, eye catching lipstick and bring the attention to your pout.
  • Bold lips pair nicely with simple eye makeup like neutral shadows and mascara, so it’s a pretty safe choice.
  • My top choice for summer:

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in “Strawberry,” which is a sexy, bright blue toned red that makes quite the statement.




More subtle choice: NYX Butter Lipstick in “Hunk.” Both products require little touching up and deliver huge color payoff with a lasting stain.



  • If a nice dinner and drink situation is about to occur, bright lips may not be the best (read: low maintenance) choice. Choose to add some dimension to your lids by taking a bolder color into the crease and adding depth.
  • My top choice for summer: Sephora Brand’s eyeshadow single in the shade “Indian Summer.” 
  • It’s a rich, slightly shimmery orange color that delivers a bright, yet super wearable finish. Pair it with a light rose or champagne shade on your lid and you basically have summer in an eye-look.






3. SET


  • After you’ve done all of this hard work bringing life back to your foundation and adding some extra coverage with your concealer, you want to make sure you set everything in place with a translucent powder.
  • This will ensure that your makeup lasts through the night (and will also photograph nicely).
  • My go to: Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder in “001 Transparent.” Apply it with a sponge or a brush with a light hand.




  • The final step should be to go back in with that brilliant and magical setting spray one more time to lock everything in place and eliminate that potentially powdery look.
  • The products work best if you spray them while moving your arm in the shape of a “T” first, then an “X.” I realize this sounds potentially insane, but it makes sure the product gets evenly distributed and doesn’t mess with your hard work!