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Three Under $20 Makeup Looks To Create In Under 20 Minutes


There is nothing we want less than to say this, so we're going to say it really quickly and rip the Band-Aid off: three desk to dinner makeup looks. It's a very tired SEO trope, but the idea of going straight from your office out into the night is a modern inconvenience. Do I have to cart my gym stuff around all night? Did I forget my red lipstick? Can I please just go home first, so I can shower? The answers are yes, yes, and no. Desk to dinner isn't a style of blazer—it's a conundrum of cosmopolitan life.

Makeup convolutes the whole thing, particularly if you're not someone who wears a full look to the office and expects it to last through three coffee meetings and Powerpoint presentation. So for ITG's latest shoot with makeup artist Morgane Martini and model HoYeon Jung, the prompt was less of a vibe or reference and more of a situation: Imagine you're leaving your office and heading to a party, and you have just enough time to pop into CVS to come up with a full, festive, totally guerilla makeup look. What can you do?

You can do a lot.

Look 1: Glowing Skin
Morgane, it's important to note, is a holiday makeup evangelist, with very relevant advice for everything from Christmas parties to Presidents' Day drinking fests. "Everyday makeup has to be very practical, but with holiday makeup, you can go for it. There aren’t a lot of times where you can have a lot of fun with makeup, but this is definitely the perfect season for it." The first look is the lowest touch, focusing on gorgeous, glowy skin thanks to Maybelline's Master Strobing Stick and an eyelid wash of taupe Maybelline Rock Nudes. (The Rock Nudes, BTW, are a Morgane kit mainstay for their pigmentation and finger blendability.) But, because it's the holiday, Morgane put a little Nyx silver liner on the inner corners of the eyes.
HoYeon wears a Miu Miu jacket and hat, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi skirt, and an Opening Ceremony top.

Look 2: Graphic Eye
The word of the day is "graphic." If you want to drive the point home with whatever makeup you're wearing, it's a good idea to get creative with placement and color, not just one or the other. For the former, overdraw the eyelid with a smoky pencil like Revlon's Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick, which is basically a crayon for your face. For the latter, choose a color that's anything but subtle—Nyx's Face and Body Glitter in Teal does the trick. Revlon's Rum Raisin Lipstick is the perfect your-lips-but-better shade when blotted off just so. Let the eyes do the rest.
HoYeon wears a Fausto Puglisi blazer and bustier, Delpozo pants, Miu Miu shoes, and Bonheur earrings.

Look 3: Jingle Alllllll The Way
Now, let's apply everything learned thus far—graphic, color, going-for-it—and throw it at the wall. This is the extra festive version, a full face in holiday-appropriate red and green. The red, lacquered lip look is Katy Perry for Covergirl (!) Crimson Cat with a little Mango Lava gloss over top. The eyes are layered, too: L'Oréal Infallible 24 Hour Shadow in Gilded Envy and Golden Sage. If you're skilled with an eyeshadow brush and you've got the time, feel free to have at it. Otherwise, they're perfectly applicable with your fingers. All the better to smudge on in the Uber to the function.
HoYeon wears an Alice + Olivia top over a 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt with 3.1 Phillip Lim pants and Fausto Puglisi shoes.

HoYeon Jung (The Society) photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Morgane Martini (The Wall Group). Hair by Jon Reyman (Clover). Styled by Amy Mach (Lalaland).

Clothes? Hair? Pre-night out masks? All in our Holiday Party Look series, over here.