These tips are PEOPLE StyleWatch editor-tested

By Alex Apatoff
December 10, 2013 02:00 PM

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‘Tis the season to be dashing from your desk to the office party, or from a daytime cookie-decorating bash to a sequins-and-heels event. And you don’t want to show up at work with a smoky eye and contoured cheeks, just as much as you don’t want to be photographed in a glittering dress with a completely washed-out face. So what’s a girl to do?

With the right amount of prep (very little) and some time (again, very little), you can conquer every possible makeup situation and necessity. Just hit “play” on the video above to see the five tips we swear by to go from desk to date to dancing to watching “Home Alone” with pizza on your BFF’s couch.

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Some tools you’ll want to have handy: The right blush, a cotton swab and a luminizing highlighter. For specifics, watch to see the super-simple advice our Style Director Andrea Lavinthal’s swears by — and as she points out, she’s tested these all personally at her desk, so she knows what’s up.

What are your best day-to-night beauty tips? Share them in the comments!

–Alex Apatoff