10 Day to Night Makeup Tips and Tricks

Take your makeup from day to night with my 10 tips and tricks for refreshing and revamping your look.

Darlings, my makeup is designed to STAY ALL DAY and PARTY ALL NIGHT! On those days where you’re heading straight from your desk to dinner to the disco, you can effortlessly take your makeup from day to night with expert tips and tricks. Discover evening-ready eye tricks, bold lip colours to wear and iconic glow secrets for quick and easy day to night makeup magic!

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How To Take Makeup from Day to Night: 10 Easy Tips and Tricks

  1. Charlotte's Magic Hydrator Mist radiant skin rescue essence with lid off

    STEP 1: Refresh your complexion with face mist

    On long days, I like to refresh my makeup with a hydrating face mist to give skin a dewy, hydrated appearance. Instead of applying foundation and concealer on top of your daytime makeup, reach for Charlotte’s Magic Hydrator Mist to give your complexion an immediate revival! I created this magic mist to hydrate, rejuvenate and oxygenate the skin; it mists delicately onto the face and layers beautifully with makeup, delivering a lightweight, refreshing, moisture-boosting mist that instantly restores your glow after a long day.

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  2. Airbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder in shade 3 for tan complexions

    STEP 2: Mattify and remove shine with pressed powder

    Once you’ve refreshed your complexion with face mist, give it the AIRBRUSH EFFECT with AIRbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder. With my expertly shaped Powder & Sculpt Brush, apply a soft veil of smoothing, blurring-effect powder, paying particular attention to areas that are prone to experiencing excess oil and unwanted shine like the nose, chin and forehead. This finely milled powder helps to set and mattify your makeup, giving skin an airbrushed, flawless looking finish.

    Tilbury Tip: For even brighter-looking skin, apply AIRbrush Brightening Flawless Finish in any areas you want to appear brighter and lifted such as under your eyes and to the tops of your cheeks.

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  3. An open bronzer compact with a mirrored-lid in a rich chocolate brown shade, perfect for deep skin tones.

    STEP 3: Sculpt and bronze with bronzer

    AIRbrush Bronzer is the next step in your day to night makeup routine, acting like a beam of sunshine to give the complexion a beautifully bronzed look with a magical, matte finish. With my Powder and Sculpt Brush, tap into your bronzer and sweep it generously onto the cheeks, forehead and everywhere the sun would naturally hit for an all-around bronzed effect. Then, for a more chiselled look, apply bronzer more precisely into the hollows of the cheeks, down either side of the nose and along the jawline for a flattering contour effect that helps your facial framework to look more sculpted.

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  4. Charlotte's Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight is a champagne gold liquid highlighter

    STEP 4: Add glow with highlighter

    Light up the night with my dreamy Beauty Light Wands! Adding my social media sensation Beauty Light Wands to the high points of the face will create a jaw-dropping glow that looks filtered in person and in every candid snap. I created my light-catching highlighters using my expert knowledge of colour and light to capture the gorgeous glow of Hollywood lights in a shimmering liquid formula. My ultra-flattering, beaming shades blend effortlessly into skin, allowing everyone, everywhere to unlock their own diva-light glow! Swipe my golden highlighter shades - Spotlight and Goldgasm - onto the tops of the cheeks and watch as the soft-focus formula plays with the light to give your complexion an instant HOLLYWOOD EFFECT!

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  5. Luxury Palette in The Rock Chick is inspired by Charlotte's sultry, smokey The Rock Chick look

    STEP 5: Dial up your eyeshadow look

    Applying a magical eye makeup look is one of the easiest ways to take your makeup from day to night. My effortless eyeshadows and eyeliners bring instant glamour to your makeup, helping you create an elegant eye look for the evening in a flash. Discover my Luxury Palettes and find your perfect eyeshadow persona – each one is designed as a quick and easy routine with four shades to PRIME, ENHANCE, SMOKE and POP! The PRIME and ENHANCE shades are perfect for creating a dreamy daytime look that’s then easily dialled up at night by adding the SMOKE and POP shades for a smokey, sparkling finish.

    If you love warm tones, discover Queen of Glow or Walk of No Shame; or if you prefer cool tones, try The Sophisticate or The Rock Chick; and of course, there’s Pillow Talk and Pillow Talk Dreams for Pillow Talkers, everywhere!

    Tilbury Tip: For an instant sparkle in just one swipe, apply Hypnotising Pop Shots as an eyeshadow topper for rich, kaleidoscopic colour that’s truly hypnotic.

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  6. Pillow Talk Eyeliner is a berry-brown pencil eyeliner inspired by Charlotte's iconic Pillow Talk shade

    STEP 6: Create a Feline Flick winged eyeliner look

    My signature Feline Flick is the perfect pick-me-up for your makeup look, taking it from casual-looking to flawlessly lined and defined. A dramatic winged eyeliner created with one of my easy-glide eyeliners helps to lift the look of your eyes, creating the illusion of sharp, almond-shaped eyes that look open and awake. I suggest using Pillow Talk Eyeliner pencil - a berry-brown shade that blends like a dream - to give your makeup an eye-enhancing feline flourish.

    Tilbury Tip: If needed, top up your mascara by adding an extra coat or two of Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara to lift, intensify and dramatise the look of your lashes.

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  7. Matte Revolution Lipstick in berry-toned red shade Walk of No Shame

    STEP 7: Reach for a red lipstick

    Nothing takes your look from day to night like a red lip. Red lipstick is instant glamour in a tube, and I’ve created a whole world of red shades to let everyone, everywhere transform into the most confident version of themselves. Whether you love a red-hot flame red like Flame Blur; a classic Hollywood red like Red Carpet Red; beautifying burgundies and berry reds like Walk of No Shame; or a magical merlot like Viva La Vergara, select your perfect shade and finish from my legendary lipstick wardrobe and swipe it on to instantly take your look from day to night.

    Tilbury Tip: Use my Lip Cheat lip liner to give your pout extra dimension and a fuller-looking shape.

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  8. A lip oil in a white coloured tube with reflective geometric patterns on it in silver colour and a rose-gold-coloured lid.

    STEP 8: Hydrate lips with lip gloss or lip oil

    Your favourite red lipstick will pair perfectly with a hydrating lip gloss or lip oil. Once your pout is ruby red, swipe on a coat of hydrating lip gloss or lip oil to give lips a gorgeous, glossy finish that feels comfortable and moisturising. I suggest keeping my supercharged lip products in your bag for easy makeup touch-ups throughout the evening. For gloss lovers, apply Collagen Lip Bath – my collagen-powered, plump-effect lip gloss with magical, mirror shine – in Walk of No Shame to give any red lipstick a glowing, berry tint. Alternatively, reach for Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir to roll on conditioning, hydrating oil that rejuvenates like a serum and makes the lips look plush and plump like a gloss.

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  9. Pinkgasm is a bright, shimmering pink shade of Charlotte's liquid blush-highlighter Beauty Light Wands

    STEP 9: Top up your blush

    In the evenings, apply extra blush to give your complexion a blushed, brightened, and beautified look.  I’ve created an entire wardrobe of blush shades and formulas including shimmering liquid blush-highlighters, creamy lip and cheek tints, luminous powder blushes and easy matte blushes so that everyone, everywhere can create their dream blush and glow! Discover the best blush shades for your skin tone from pops of peach to perfect pinks and the dreamiest Pillow Talk hues, then apply them to the face and cheeks to build up to an ethereal, evening blush look.

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  10. Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray is Charlotte's weightless, makeup-fixing mist that lets you party all night and stay all day

    STEP 10: Lock in your look with setting spray

    Finally, lock in your makeup with my party-all-night setting spray, AIRbrush Flawless Setting Spray. Formulated to help smooth and blur the look of skin while setting your makeup for up to 16 HOURS*, this lightweight setting spray forms a weightless veil that helps to create a flawless-looking complexion that will stay put all night long! A quick spritz of this high-performance setting spray before you head out the door helps to revive the look of your foundation and concealer so they can appear just-applied into the evening. It’s my AIRBRUSH EFFECT in a bottle, darlings!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.