Here come the trans­form­ers

Here’s how to take your look from cor­po­rate chic to party hearty in less than 30 min­utes.

Hair - - Beauty - Text Erum Ali Qureshi

From cor­po­rate chic to party hearty

Who doesn’t like to un­wind with friends af­ter a long day at work? But while chang­ing out of for­mals may take min­utes, a re-haul of cor­po­rate-ap­pro­pri­ate hair and make-up may take con­sid­er­ably longer. Here are three ways to in­stantly trans­form from day to night in less than 30 min­utes.

Ashima gets home from work on Fri­days at 7pm and has plans to party with friends at 8. How can she freshen up her look within this time frame?

It’s best to start with a clean face. If there’s no time for a shower, first re­move all traces of long-last­ing or wa­ter­proof make-up with a swab of cot­ton soaked in baby oil and fol­low it up with a good dous­ing of wa­ter and your favourite face wash. Makeup ex­pert Priya Ka­pur sug­gests a quick dab of con­cealer un­der your eyes, around your nose and lips, and in between your eye­brows. Use your fingers to warm up and blend the prod­uct. Dab blush on your cheek­bones, and try this sim­ple yet bold eye make-up — give your eye­lids a wash of colour us­ing cream shadow, with your fingers. De­fine your crease with a darker colour. Line eyes with a black kohl liner and smudge it softly with a Q-tip. Curl your lashes, load up on mas­cara, a swipe of gloss and you’re good to go! If you wish to em­pha­sise the lips, go neu­tral on the eyes with a cham­pagne lid, ap­ply mas­cara and wear your bold lip­stick.

Nehleen does not have time to go home to get ready for a night out with friends. How can she re-do her look in the car it­self?

Priya rec­om­mends keep­ing make-up re­mover wipes at hand to clean up rather than re-touch­ing stale make-up. To freshen up the base, in­vest in a face mist like Mac Fix+ or Evian Min­eral Wa­ter Fa­cial Spray, this in­stantly adds mois­ture and evens out clumpy make-up that may have set­tled on the lines around your eyes or frown lines. Right af­ter spray­ing the mist on patchy make-up ar­eas, take a blend­ing sponge like the Beauty Blender to gen­tly dab over the clumpy makeup. Now that your face is fresh and clean, dab on a sheer cream like the Body Shop’s Vi­ta­min E Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Mois­ture Cream. Line your eyes with a brown soft pen­cil liner, use a dou­ble-duty stain like the Ben­e­fit Posietint for lips and cheeks, swipe on some mas­cara and you’re ready to party!

Shreya has dif­fi­cult-to-man­age, long hair. How can she style it quickly with­out spend­ing pre­cious min­utes wield­ing a hair dryer and prod­ucts?

One trick is to do the prep be­fore work and let your style nat­u­rally take shape through­out the day. For ex­am­ple, tie your hair up into a top-knot in the morn­ing whilst your hair is still a lit­tle damp and leave it to dry nat­u­rally. When you’re get­ting ready for the party, sim­ply undo the top-knot for a nat­u­ral wavy look. Run your fingers through the waves to break them up and fin­ish with a smooth­ing serum.

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