When you have very little time to switch up your beauty look between an office meeting and a holiday happy hour, you've got to have a plan in place. Sometimes you only need to add one thing to completely glam up your style. So, SELF talked to the makeup professionals to get their quick-change secrets. Hint: Pack a red lipstick in your party clutch.
This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of SELF.
When you want to be party-ready ASAP, red is a winning choice. “A super vivid color feels modern,” says Sam Addington, the makeup artist behind these looks. Shades with a hot-pink base, as shown here, flatter fair and dark complexions alike. Balance the boldness with a soft cream blush.
Lipstick: Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge, $32. Earrings: $119; AmberSceats.com . Ear Cuff: $324; AllisonBryan.co.uk . Dress: Tory Burch, $595; NeimanMarcus.com .
“Your mani can be just as stylish as your outfit,” says nail artist Miss Pop. To create her design, shown here, apply two coats of a white lacquer. Dip a striper brush in rose-gold polish, then paint an X shape from the tip to the cuticle line. Fill in the upper and lower triangles of the X, then paint a black diamond where the two triangles meet. Done!
Polishes: Sonia Kashuk in White Lie, $5; RMS Beauty in Myth, $15 at Birchbox.com ; OPI in Black Onyx, $10; JCPenney.com . Earring: $235; Wwake.com . Ear Cuff: $324; AllisonBryan.co.uk . Ring: $156; VanessaGade.com . Dress: $995; PrabalGurung.com .
Gilded & Glowing
“Adding a metallic eye is an easy way to go from office to party,” Addington says. To get the look, use your fingers to apply a not-too-sparkly cream shadow, focusing on the center of lids. No need to reapply later—just dab on a clear balm for a first-place finish.
Eyeshadow: Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Pure Gold, $37; Saks.com . Earrings: Paula Mendoza Jewelry, $300; PaulaMendoza.com . Dress: $2,345; Vionnet.com .
Styled by Dania Ortiz; Hair, Tetsuya Yamakata for Oribe Hair; Makeup, Sam Addington for Chanel Ultrawear Foundation; Manicure, Miss Pop; Model, Eliza Hartmann at Fusion.