From Friday to FriYAY: Take your eyeshadow from day to night.

You made it to Friday and the weekend is calling your name! You’ve spent all week working hard (or just watching the clock) to make it to this day, so don’t waste time re-doing your makeup look before heading out for the night.

I am here to help you go from Friday to FriYAY & fabulous in no time!

FriDAY: Create a soft neutral eye that you can easily build on later.

Step 1: Take a light-colored shade that is similar to your skin tone, like a cream or tan and apply it all over the lid, up to your brow. This will create a nice even base that will help you blend out your other eyeshadow colors.

Step 2: Apply a warmer shade like a mauve, dark tan or light brown to your crease. This shade will act as your transition shade later (in other words, this is the color that is going to connect all of the shades that you end up using).

To find exactly where your crease is, take your finger, and with your eye open, feel for where the top of your eyeball is. You want to apply your shadow right where your eyelid creases (get it?… the crease) above your eyeball. While your eye is open, take a soft blending brush and apply your shadow using windshield wiper motions (back and forth). *Helpful hint: If you have hooded eyelids, you won’t want to go too dark with your crease shade. To help open up your eye a little more, you can extend this shade just slightly above your crease.

Step 3: Take another light shade, like a pale pink, cream or taupe and lightly dust your lids with it (keep this shade below your crease color).

Step 4: With a precision brush, take the same color that you used for your crease and line your lower lash line.

Step 5: Apply a couple of coats of your favorite mascara and you are all set!

FriYAY: Turn your neutral eye into a bold and sexy nighttime look.

Step 1: Take a darker shade, like a dark brown or burgundy and pack it on to the outer corner of your eye. Take your time and build this color up slowly – it is better to start with a little and build up, than to go overboard and end up with the dreaded “raccoon eye” – not cute! Take this color no further than the center of your eyelid.

Step 2: Take a soft blending brush and with very light, circular motions, blend out the edges of this shade, bringing it up into the crease.

Step 3: Take a light, shimmery shade, like a pink, champagne or light gold and sweep this over your lid starting at the inner corner but do not take it past the center of your lid.

Step 4: Using a precision brush, take the same shade that you used on the outer corner to line your lower lash line – this time keeping it as close to the lashes as possible.

Step 5: Add some black liner to the top lid (personally, I love a good wing, but feel free to tightline if that is what you are more comfortable with – We’ll save the wing liner tutorial for another day). You can also add some liner to your waterline (the inner, lower lash line) for a more dramatic look.

A few final tips:

  • * Apply your eyeshadow using very light pressure with your brush. This is KEY. It is so much easier to lightly build color than it is to remove it and start over. You can also end up removing color when you apply too much pressure to your brush.
  • * When putting color on your brush, be sure to tap off excess shadow. This will eliminate fallout underneath your eye.
  • * Apply your eyeshadow first, before foundation or concealer, so that if you do end up with fallout, you can clean it up and not ruin the rest of your makeup.
  • *Purchase a palette rather than individual eyeshadows. This will make it easier to coordinate your colors. My favorite go-to palette is the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – It has a great mix of matte and shimmery shades and has you covered with base colors to transition colors and darker lining shades.

So, there you have it! Let me know in the comments if you found this tutorial helpful & feel free to share your favorite day-to-nighttime looks!

Happy Friday, Beauties!