Getting out the door in the morning is about just that—getting out the door, hopefully on time (and with coffee). Of course, we like to look presentable and put our best face forward, so we stick to our everyday makeup essentials. But once 6 p.m. rolls around and we’re off to dinner with friends or drinks with colleagues, our daytime beauty look doesn’t cut it. A quick stop at the office restroom’s mirror is all we have time for, which means two things are vital: a well-edited travel makeup bag and a go-to day-to-night transition plan (something you can do anywhere without having to think twice).
Jenny Cipoletti, the on-the-go lifestyle blogger behind Margo & Me, has become quite the expert in making quick beauty changes: “Over the last few years, travel has become a tremendous part of my life. This has made me perfect the art of packing and forced me to get my beauty routine down to a science,” she says. The blogger let us in on that science (spoiler alert: her mascara trick is genius) and showed us which products she relies on every day.
Scroll through to find out how Cipoletti quickly takes her look from day to night with just two products!
Identify Your Favorite Feature
Step one in any makeup routine is having a plan that suits your face. Whether it’s mastering your everyday look or a going-out look, you have to know what feature you want to focus on. “I’ve always thought of my eyes as my best feature, and there’s no denying I like to play them up,” Cipoletti says. She keeps her daily beauty routine fairly simple—a dewy complexion, a pop of color on the cheeks, full lashes, and a clean cat eye.
Find the Perfect Products
Next, find the right products. “While I’m traveling, a great mascara and eyeliner are the perfect duo. I won’t leave the house without the two,” she says. “They give me the necessary pick-me-up and confidence boost, especially when I’m walking off a plane and straight into a meeting.” Not surprisingly, Cipoletti (like most of us) is constantly trying new products in search for the perfect black eyeliner and mascara.
Enter: Clinique’s High Impact Custom Black Kajal Liner ($17) and Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara ($21). “Their sleek packaging makes them a cinch to throw in your travel bag for a quick fix on the go. But for me, the real test is staying power when it comes to my eyes," says the jetsetter. "I don’t want to look haggard by 2 p.m., and these two feel like an extension of my skin—no smudging, no clumping!”
Extend Your Eyeliner
The key is to choose a look that’s buildable. “To take my look from day to night, I’ll give my evening look a bit of an edge by lining the inner rim, and I’ll go heavier on the mascara for an extra boost. Then I’ll extend the cat eye to make my eyes pop,” Cipoletti says.
Cipoletti's #1 tip for the perfect cat eye? “My biggest piece of advice is first to understand the shape of your eye (my latest YouTube video actually gives a tutorial on this),” she says. For some more specificity: “Imagine an invisible line from the corner of your eye to the outer edge of your eyebrow; this is the natural shape the liner should follow, and then just fill in as you go.”
Boost the Power of Your Mascara
Using a long-lasting, smudge-resistant mascara is only half the equation. Knowing how to apply it makes all the difference. “I like to close my eyes and apply mascara down along the topside of my lashes before opening my eyes and applying in the traditional way,” Cipoletti says. This ensures you coat the entire lash—even the tip, which tend to be lighter than the rest of the lash—delivering your longest eyelashes possible. Next, flip the wand vertically. “I also use the tip of the applicator for precision in the corners.”
One final trick? Don’t forget to curl. You may have heard of the old “heat your eyelash curler with a hair dryer” trick, but Cipoletti does things a little differently. “This might sound crazy, but I will use the hot air from the blow-dryer on my bare lashes. Once they’re warm, I will use an eyelash curler to bend them into shape while they cool—the secret to getting the curl to stay is letting the lashes cool into the shape.”
And that’s it! A little eyeliner on the waterline, intensify the upper wing, a fresh coat of mascara, and you’re set with a captivating eye look (lipstick not required). Defined eyes make such a difference. The right eye makeup application instantly transforms your look (and puts you in the evening state of mind).
Which two products do you rely on to take your look from day to night? Tell us in the comments below!