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How to transition your look from work-day to night-out

During the holiday season a woman’s schedule can become very hectic. Work by day and holiday parties by night can make it difficult to find time to look our best and feel confident about our appearance when it comes to fashion and makeup. If there are days where you know you won’t be able to stop home to freshen up or change your look from work-day to night-out, don’t fret! We’ve come up with a few tips to create a look that’s work appropriate but can easily transition into a fun and flirty night-out look on the town!

Accessories
Let’s start with the fun part. Accessories! They can truly change the look of any outfit. A bold scarf for example can take a simple and classic look for the office and give it a flirty splash of color. The winter holiday season is a perfect time to go for a bold and daring red shade. This can also be applied to your purse. If you’re able to make it through the day with a small clutch or chain-link cross over bag, try choosing one with a little sparkle or pizzazz to turn your office look into something fun. Statement jewelry is also a great way to create a fun outfit that’s appropriate for both the office and a night out with the girls, or that special someone in your life.

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Shoes

If you don’t metro to work, stashing your favorite going-out-shoes in your car while you’re at the office is a great option. Unfortunately, as many of us have experienced, our favorite shoes aren’t necessarily the most comfortable to wear all day. One option is to wear your work-appropriate shoes during the day, but save your feet the trouble by stashing the stilettos for night. Another option we love is opting for something a bit more demure that can translate well from day to night like a classic black kitten heel, or some comfortable platforms in a cool design. Whatever way you decide to go, don’t skimp on the shoes—as it truly is what makes or breaks any outfit!

Makeup

Makeup can be tricky if you don’t have the right technique or tips up your sleeve. The first step in transitioning from a casual day-look to a night out-on-the-town is taking care of your skin. Use blotting papers to remove any excess dirt and oils from throughout the day, and a mild concealer to cover up those blemishes and under eye circles. Now you can focus on your eyes and lips. Use a darker shadow for that glamorous sultry eye look and amp up your lip color with a bolder red rather than your day-time peach or nude shades.  Avoid reapplying mascara, as this has more of a tendency to clump and flake once dry. Instead, invest in a quality long lasting eyeliner to do the trick and really make your eyes pop.

Hair

Some are blessed with the type of hair that can be put up for work and taken down for the night, cascading perfectly into place in slow motion like a teen hearthrob from the latest rom com. Most of us, though, require a little extra work. Try something that’s more likely to hold all day like a creative braided updo. You can also try throwing in some hair accessories like a headband, hair pins, or even flowers that can easily be clipped in a matter of seconds once you’re off work.

Spending the entire day at work is exhausting, and when you’re finally  done with your workday and ready to hit the town with your friends, getting ready is one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about. Take these tips into consideration early in the morning before you head off to work to ensure you’re prepped and ready once the clock hits 5!

Julie Brown is a freelance blogger and writer helping companies achieve credible branding through thoughtful posts. She is a mother of three who enjoys cooking and biking in her spare time.