I wish YouTube makeup tutorials were popular when I was interning. I would have had a million “Day to Night Makeup” looks to choose from.
Makeup was pretty much the last thing on my mind when I was getting ready in the morning for my internships. My main concern was remembering my ID Badge (you never wanted to be THAT intern, because THAT intern had to go through the day with a paper visitor’s pass), and my wallet. That being said, I still woke up extra early to do a simple, work-friendly look. But then when bonds formed and interns started planning nights out after work, I realized I needed to start packing some stuff with me to transition my makeup at the end of the day for a little extra pop.
There was one problem: Being a Long Island commuter, I already carried a huge tote with me every day that was jam.freaking.packed with stuff. Including a second, smaller handbag that I used specifically for runs (I am God-awful at math, and was terrified I’d screw up a staffer’s change with my own money. So, yes, I had a “Run Purse”). Cramming in an extra bag for makeup seemed impossible. But I love a good challenge, so in true Russian Doll fashion I stashed my makeup bag inside my Run Bag inside my large tote bag.
Mary Poppins couldn’t have done it better.
I found the best and easiest way to transition from a day to night look was with a brighter lipstick and winging out the eyeliner. I also brought a cute little kabuki brush if I needed to touch up my foundation.
On a related note, on the last day before winter break, I knew we were going out for the night. There was a festive, pre-holiday vibe in the air. I decided to spend the work day in my “fun night out” makeup, that included a turquoise liner on my lower lash line. I also wore a fancy top all day. I’ll admit it: I felt slightly silly working dressed like that, (maybe because the top had sequins?) but whenever a staffer gave me a funny look I was all, “Whatevs. I’m partying later. Jealous?” (Okay, maybe I only thought that to myself).
To make matters worse, for some inexplicable reason, my house lost power that morning when I was halfway through straightening my hair.
Why am I mentioning all this? Because that was the day Conan O’Brien granted us our long-awaited intern pictures.
I might share that picture one day.
I also might not.