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Transition Your Makeup From Daytime to Playtime With This Expert Advice

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Birchbox staffers are an eclectic bunch with a variety of fascinating backgrounds. Case in point? Operations associate Nathaniel Yordan. Prior to being scooped up by the Birchbox team, this globetrotter whipped lackluster complexions into shape as a professional makeup artist for industry heavyweights like Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier. We took advantage of his seemingly bottomless store of beauty knowledge to solve the ultimate busy gal’s dilemma: seamlessly transitioning makeup from day to night. Equipped with Coastal Scents’s Metal Mania Palette Set, he showed us how to get a mini 5 o’clock makeover. Click through to learn how he transformed fellow Ops Team associate Molly!

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Day: For an everyday office look, Nathaniel suggests sticking to neutral shades that can easily be jazzed up for an evening out. Mimicking her go-to morning routine, Molly dabbed on ORIGINS GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer then applied a thin layer of Marcelle Golden Glow BB Cream with her finger tips to even out her complexion. Next, Nathaniel stepped in and applied Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base in light to medium all over Molly’s lids to up her shadow’s staying power. Thanks to her naturally wide-awake appearance, he skipped concealer and advised that when looking for the perfect color-correcting eye base, “avoid formulas with the word ‘creamy’ in the title—these tend to slip and crease easily.” Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush, he swept a soft terra cotta hue with barely-there sparkle onto the crease. The muted red is neutral enough for a buttoned up office environment, while the subtle gold shimmer makes it easy to transition the hue to evening. Next, he tightlined Mollie’s upper lash line using stila’s Smudge Pot in black and an angled eyeliner brush. (For a quick tutorial on tightlining check out this handy guide.) For a natural-looking flush, he blended NARS well-loved Orgasm Blush onto the high points of her cheekbones. He completed the breezy look with a swipe of theBalm® cosmetics “what’s your type” mascara and a dusting of loose translucent powder.

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Night: To take any look from day to night Nathaniel says, “Dark pencil liner is your best friend.” To up the ante, he added a layer of INIKA Eyeliner in graphite along Molly’s upper lash line. This instantly brightened Molly’s brown eyes. The key, Yordan says, is adding more color. “Don’t be afraid if it’s too much, because you always blend to soften it.” He then used an angled eyeliner brush to sweep a deep purple-burgundy along Molly’s upper and lower lash line to create a winged effect. He added another coat of mascara, patted some bronzer on cheeks, and shooed her off to hit the town.

What are your tips and tricks for going from office time to play time in a hurry?

—Ally

Another great option for an easy on-the-go transformation? BECCA’s Beach Tint. This non-sticky cheek and lip stain goes on smoothly and fits easily into your daintiest evening clutch.

5 Tips For Faking a Flawless Face Every Day

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Not all of us are born with perfect skin. If you’re like me, your face doesn’t exactly glow like a goddess when you wake up in the morning. Some women can walk out the door with just a swipe of mascara and a dash of gloss, but for me, I need at least a bit of concealer (okay, maybe A LOT of concealer) to feel presentable. I’ve accepted my imperfections but I’ve also learned a few tricks for faking flawless skin to use when I need a little extra help. Here are my favorite 5 tips:

1. The Benefit Primer That Outlasts Birchbox Co-Founder Katia’s 15-Hour Day

The very first step in having long-lasting, flawless makeup is using a great primer. After working hard to perfectly blend your foundation, there’s nothing worse than having it break up or smear throughout the day. That’s why I’ve added this Stay Flawless Primer from Benefit to my makeup arsenal. It holds up for 15-hours, which means you won’t have to worry about your makeup sliding or wearing off. 

2. Top Beauty Blunders: Foundation Blending

Now that we’ve got our face primed, next is foundation and concealer. While it may seem easy enough to blend out your base makeup, a lot of women fall victim to disastrous foundation situations. From mismatched shades to concealer abuse, these top beauty blunders expose the most common foundation blending mistakes and how to fix them. 

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