Women of 2011: We are busy. We are stressed. We live (fast) in a man’s world. We hustle our careers, obligations and lives while keeping our aesthetic composure. And when living and working in a major metropolitan area, this means becoming several versions of ourselves throughout the day. We don’t always have time to stop home before drinks, and occasionally (If we’re lucky) we’ve got to be resourceful enough to marathon through a sleepover with a special man-friend. The savvy city gal can transition several looks over 24 hours without skipping a beat. Thank God for reinforcements.
Good Morning, time to put on your best “I slept 8 hours” face forward in 15 minutes or less. Start by partnering a no-smudge Gel Liner from Bobbi Brown and a Benefit Cream Shadow in Buttercream. Tubbing mascaras work best for long-ware because you’re able to build upon them even hours after their initial application. Check out Trish McEvoy’s High Volume formula in Jet Black. For lips, keep it quick with a stain and lip balm – this duo tends to go the distance. Grab a NARS Matte Lip Pencil and Kiehl’s Lip Balm.
Time to close out your Excel and Word (Facebook and Pitchfork) tabs and touch up before happy hour. A day to night look is super simple and should take you under 10 minutes. A quick foundation refresher is half the battle. Try a spritz of Evian Water topped off with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and HD Powder by Makeup Forever. Next, blend a darker shadow in with this morning’s liner and blend throughout the lower lid; Dior’s single shadow in Brown Fever blends easily into any cream or powder liner. Feel free to add another layer of mascara – the lash conditioners keep it from looking spider-y. Dab lips with a moisturizing lipstick like Avon’s Ultra Color Rich formula in Plum Gorgeous, strategically drape your scarf, and keep it moving.
Assuming you were a good girl and removed all your makeup before bed (the pro’s heavily outweigh the con’s, my darling) you’ll want to maintain the illusion of being a flawless goddess. For expert execution – grab your trusty tinted moisturizer and lip balm and head to the bathroom. And never, I repeat, NEVER – underestimate the power of blush. Check out Tarte’s Gel Formula in Dollface for an effortlessly adorable glow. How about those beach waves you see our girls MK and Alexa rock? It’s all about product. Try Oscar Balandi’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo in conjunction with Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray for a perfectly messy look. You’ll be ready for breakfast (he’d better be taking you) in no time – and he won’t suspect a thing.
Congratulations; you’ve completed the triathlon with your tote bag of tricks. You’ve fought the good fight. Now go home and shower.