7 Quick Steps to Refresh your Makeup for an Evening Out

 photo day12.jpg
I attended a wedding of a dear friend this past weekend and had the pleasure of doing a handful of the bridesmaids’ hair for the day. I also did Allyson’s hair, which I was so honored to do. I’ve never seen a bride beam with more joy than she did walking down the aisle. I may never forget the look of absolute delight and excitement on her face. 

Since I worked all morning behind the chair, I knew I wouldn’t have much time to freshen up prior to attending the wedding. Between wanting to dress up for the wedding and also freshen up for a date night with my husband, I picked a few strategic makeup and hair changes to help transform my look from day to night. 

These steps are building upon an already full face of makeup. The coverage was light to begin with, but the basics products of my daily routine had already been applied.
 photo day3.jpg

1. Dust a bit of translucent powder all over your face. Instead of adding another layer of powder or foundation, a translucent powder will diminish shine and add a fresh look to your face makeup.
 photo day4.jpg
2. Apply an extra swipe of blush or bronzer to your cheeks. A little color goes a long way!
 photo day5.jpg
eyeshadow: stila kitten
3. To bright up your eyes, add a light and shimmery eye shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. You might be surprised how much this brightens up the whole look of existing eye makeup.
 photo day6.jpg
4. Add a little bit of darkness to the crease of your lid. Without going too “smokey”, this will add some depth to your eye makeup.
 photo day8.jpg
eyeliner: Stila Stingray
5. Flick out the corners of your eyeliner by adding a subtle cat eye. You can also line the inner rim to give extra darkness near the lash line.
 photo day9.jpg
6. Apply a bold lip stick. Nothing is easier for transitioning from day to night than adding a bold lip color. I thought it would be fun to wear a color that may fall into the Radiant Orchid category this year! 
 photo day2.jpg
top: Loft, last year
7. Add a few twists to one side of your hair, and spritz a little shine spray on your locks as well. The smallest little details can go a long way.

This entire process took less than 10 minutes. Not only did I feel a little bit fancier for the wedding, but it helped me feel fresh and revived for an evening out. 

If you don’t have the exact same products as I do, try to make do with what you do have! 

Leave a Comment

Comments (37)

  1. Posted March 24, 2014

    Nice!! Kate, can you please make a tutorial on how to apply lash mascara? I can’t put more than one coat, if I apply 2 or more always get clumps. Thank you. I love your blog and enjoy every post. XoXo

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Try the Cover Girl clump crusher. As the name implies, it really doesn’t clump.

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Use a metal eye lash comb. The plastic brow/lash combo brush isn’t enough. Comb your lashes several times before, during and after mascara. Comb, curl, and comb again before applying mascara to get the best starting condition possible. Comb in between coats and after the final coat. Also, try different mascaras. Quality products definitely make a difference here (although some still are prone to clump no matter what – you just have to give them a try!).

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Thank you ladies!! I comb before and between layers, but my comb is made of plastic… I’ll try with a metal one.

  2. Posted March 24, 2014

    My question is: Have you found an eyeliner that doesn’t fade away a few minutes after you put it on or leave a
    “shadow” above the lid in the crease area? I’m frustrated with liners that don’t stay put.

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      This comment has been removed by the author.

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Try setting your eyeliner with a black eyeshadow.

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Try Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, lasts all day and doesn’t fade. It’s kind of a solid paste, but easy to apply.

    • Posted March 25, 2014

      I’m in love with Clinique gel eyeliner. Easy application goes exactly where you want it to go and it lasts all day long with no smudging or fading.

  3. Posted March 24, 2014

    You look so pretty 🙂 xx

    BerrieBlogs| {beauty blog}

  4. Posted March 24, 2014

    Loved this post ! Such easy tips that anyone can do ! Thanks Kate ! Love your blog ! xo

  5. Sarah says
    Posted March 24, 2014

    I think I’ve been doing a few of these steps when needed already, so it’s nice to know I was doing something right! The whole list you’ve written sure helps put together an all-around transition that I was missing. Thank you!

  6. Adria says
    Posted March 24, 2014

    Great tutorial, I want to try it!

  7. Theresa says
    Posted March 24, 2014

    I love it! You make it look so easy. I enjoyed this post because I normally do make up and look nice for work all day… but by the time I get off I’m just ready for sweats and jeans…

    This seems like an easy way to look cute when I get home without a lot of extra work.

  8. Posted March 24, 2014

    Love these small changes, you look so pretty!

    Kristina does the Internets

  9. Sally P says
    Posted March 24, 2014

    Love your look!!!! Would also love to see pics fo the hair you did for the wedding…..please and thank you!

    • Caitlyn says
      Posted March 24, 2014

      You can see them on her instagram acct. They all looked beautiful!

  10. Posted March 24, 2014

    It looks great! It’s amazing the difference between before and after, especially with the skin tone.


  11. Vanessa says
    Posted March 24, 2014

    Love this post! I was feeling this way last year at a wedding. Pictures with family before the event looked good, but a couple photos I saw of myself after about 3 hours looked vastly different. Apparently struggling to keep 3 small children under control took its toll! I could have definitely put these tricks to use in order to freshen up and be ready for the rest of the kid-free (hooray!) night. Next time I will be using these tips. Thanks!

  12. Posted March 24, 2014


  13. Abby says
    Posted March 24, 2014

    What a gorgeous transformation! I really love your lip color. Purpley pinks have been my favorites lately.
    Thanks for the great tips!

    xo Always, Abby

  14. Marlene says
    Posted March 25, 2014

    I love, love, love your earrings! I looked on the Elizabeth Ashlie etsy page, but didnt see those. Does your sister still make that earring?

    • Kate says
      Posted March 25, 2014

      send her a convo on Etsy to see if she can remake them!

  15. Posted March 25, 2014

    This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  16. Posted March 25, 2014

    thank you 🙂

    Follow and i will follow back!!

  17. Posted March 25, 2014

    Thanks for the tips! I just started using a luminizer to bring back a bit of glow to my face/cheeks after a long day of makeup wear. That combined with a little bit of eye shadow and a fresh coat of lip color makes a huge difference!

  18. Posted March 25, 2014

    Wonderful post! I love simple tips that make a big impact!

  19. Sabina says
    Posted March 25, 2014

    oh how i love this tips. i have just recently begun loving wearing lipstick. that small addition can make such a big statement. thank you for sharing.

  20. Posted April 10, 2014

    Awesome post Kate! I’m a blogger myself and I write for a fashion/beauty website for college women within my area, called Chic Ready. Check out my reblog of this post and thanks for these tips! http://bit.ly/1iz16sx

  21. Avery says
    Posted May 21, 2014


    Thanks for the tips for evening makeup! The pictures are very helpful, especially for a visual learner like me. You are beautiful! Keep up the great work.

  22. Posted December 26, 2017

    You could certainly see your expertise within the article you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers such as you who
    aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow
    your heart.

  23. Posted January 12, 2018

    Many thanks for being my personal mentor on this subject matter.
    We enjoyed the article very much and most of all preferred
    how you handled the areas I thought to be controversial.
    You happen to be always really kind to readers like me and assist me to in my lifestyle.

    Thank you.

  24. Posted January 12, 2018

    Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all folks you actually understand what
    you’re talking approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally consult with my website =).

    We will have a hyperlink change agreement between us

  25. BeezMax says
    Posted January 12, 2018

    After I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there a means you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

  26. Posted February 22, 2018

    After looking into a number of the articles on your web page, I honestly appreciate your
    way of blogging. I added it to my bookmark webpage list and will
    be checking back in the near future. Please visit my website too and tell me your opinion.

  27. Posted February 25, 2018

    wonderful post, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of this sector don’t understand this.
    You must proceed your writing. I am sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  28. Posted February 28, 2018

    Keep up the good work, I read few articles on this site
    and I conceive that your website is very interesting and holds
    circles of superb information.