Applying Evening Makeup

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Applying Evening Makeup

Many women attending special events have questions about how to apply night makeup and maintain a proper skin care routine. The internet is saturated with beauty tips and makeup demonstrations.

In this article, a seasoned and creative makeup artist will distill down the difference in creating a natural finish on the eyes, perfect for daytime eye makeup, and a bold cat-eye ideal for an evening look.

Applying Nighttime Make-Up

The truth is that a makeup routine at night is very similar to a daytime makeup routine. First, you begin by moisturizing to maintain supple skin. If you still have daytime makeup, use makeup remover and cleanse your face. For dry skin types, use a heavier moisturizer and apply glow drops to your skin.

To prep your skin before applying an evening look, you’ll need these items:

  • Lip balm or a lip mask
  • Moisturizer
  • Fluffy brush
  • Bronzer brush
  • Liner brush
  • Bronzer
  • Contour kit
  • Powder foundation or liquid foundation
  • Concealer
  • Cream blush or powder blush
  • Eye shadow
  • Waterproof mascara

The main difference in evening makeup is that you can unleash your creativity with colorful and bolder makeup choices.

The Difference Between Nighttime and Daytime Makeup

For daywear makeup, color palettes are more conservative. Unless you work at a makeup store, bright colors are flashy for an office environment. Generally, most people wear light, natural makeup during the day. Daywear essentials are a foundation, concealer, natural tinted lipstick, and blush to work. The nighttime is for more experimental and colorful makeup trends. Bolder and bright color palettes, coupled with creative designs, look better under artificial light.

A Step-by-Step Guide

Below are some tips and tricks women can use when applying evening makeup. We’ll cover fun looks from darker shades, and liquid liners to a bit of shimmer for a night out.

Start With Applying a Good Base

The key to a good makeup look is a foundation that brightens your skin tone and blurs imperfections. Using foundation and concealer will hide flaws and stop makeup from sliding off the face.

Before applying foundation, ensure you have clean skin by using a cleanser and exfoliating to help reduce dead skin cells and clear clogged pores.

Choose the correct foundation for different skin types. The ideal color will blend with the skin without making the skin appear lighter or darker. Once consumers have a suitable foundation, they can spread it over their skin using a brush or sponge. A sponge will give the skin a more airbrushed effect and is rookie-proof.

The next step is applying concealer. Apply concealer over dark spots, scars, and under the eyes. Face powder seals the foundation and concealer and is usually the last step. Powder sets the makeup so that it stays in place.

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Applying Eye Makeup

Evenings are an excellent time to experiment with bright, bold, and dark eye makeup—usually, we finish the eyes with eyeliner and mascara.

Start with a night cream or moisturizer to get a dewy look. You can use a makeup remover or moisturizer to remove any remaining makeup residue from the day. Always gently massage eye cream around the delicate skin under your eye. Apply a light shade of eyeshadow over the lid, blending it around the brow bone. Apply a darker shadow to outline your eye with an angled brush for precision.

Applying liquid eyeliner can be tricky. Most people are reluctant to use liquid liners since they find them intimidating. Many liquid liners are now made with precision tips, allowing you more control over your line work. After one application, you can achieve a smooth line with a steady hand.

One of the most popular eye trends is false eyelashes. Most department stores sell fake eyelashes if you want to add more volume and flair to your lashes. Most lash packets come with glue and are relatively easy to apply. You can purchase lash adhesive separately.

Use an eyelash curler before mascara for an au natural, no-makeup makeup look.

Applying Blush to the Cheeks

Blush can make a woman appear fresher, more natural, and more youthful. If you have oily skin, choose a powder blush. More people are turning to cream-based rouge because it glides on, blends nicely into the foundation, and adds a dewy look to your skin. A cream blush works wonders on aging skin. One small dab will go a long way. Place a dab of the cream blush on the apple of the cheeks. Begin dabbing it into the cheeks with a beauty blender, working your way up the cheekbone to the temple.

Putting on Lipstick

The final step of applying makeup is putting on lipstick. First, outline your lips with a lip liner. Lip liner extends the life of the lipstick if you fill in your lips with lip liner. You can create the illusion of fuller lips by slightly outlining the outside of the lips.

Bright red lipstick is ideal for evening wear. Heavy eye makeup coupled with bright red lips may overpower the overall look. As a rule of thumb, apply subtler eye makeup if you use a vampy or bright red lip. Use a more natural shade on the lip if you are doing a bold and dramatic eye.

Evening makeup can be a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to see how one looks with heavier and more fashionable makeup looks. Those wondering how to apply makeup for nighttime can get ideas online and in any beauty magazines.

Let Evergreen Show You How

If you are interested in learning more about makeup application, get in touch with Evergreen Beauty College. Our school teaches numerous makeup and cosmetology courses. After you graduate, you can apply makeup like a professional. In fact, with this qualification, you will be qualified to work as a makeup artist.


Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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4 years ago

your make up is so high end.
it looks like you are a really good make up artist.
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Emerage Cosmetics
3 years ago

The final step of applying make-up is putting on lipstick. Before women do this, they should color their lips with lip liner. Love it!