Date Night Makeup-How to look fab for a hot sexy date night!
So that adorable guy you've been eyeing from the coffee shop finally asked you out. Fantastic! Now comes the hard part ¨C planning your look for the big night. Date night makeup has a few cardinal rules to live by, namely finding a balance between casual playfulness and sultry sex appeal. You don't want to love over done, but you do want to show off a bit of your girly side to your prospective mate. Leave it to our style experts to share some easy make-up tricks to help you master the romantic date-night look.
One of the oldest tricks in the book, the winged eyeliner, or 'cat-eye' is classically sexy. Think Bridgette Bardot or Betty Page, this look is feminine but with a little bit of an edge. Plus, it makes eyes look huge, which is great for first dates should you find yourself gaze-locked pre kiss.
Starting at the inner corner of the eye (or just before your pupil, if you want to keep it more modest), draw eyeliner along the rim of the top last, following the curve of the eye until about ¼ of the way to the end of the eyelid. As you get closer to the end of the eye, start taking the line straight out, widening it as you go, so as to create the 'wing'. Slightly curve the wing up at the end, creating a cat effect.
It might take a little practice, so try it the day before to really master how thick you want the line to be. This look doesn't take much else, so a little mascara and some gloss or lipstick keeps it from looking too heavy.
Try this look with retro-inspired outfits like those featured here.
Bold, Bright Lips
Nothing is more feminine the a brightly colored set of smackers, and with all the fun colors in this season, you can really get wild with hues. For darker skin tones, orange-reds and tangerines are a great way to make skin look glowy all around your lips. For lighter skin tones, pinks, peaches and berry colors will keep you from looking splotchy but still give your pout some pow.
It's good to gently exfoliate lips once a week, using a gentle cleanser and a wash cloth. Simply get a tiny bit of lather on the wash cloth, then gently scrub the lips for about 10-20 seconds, then rinse. You want to apply lipstick to dry lips, so make sure to let the lips dry before applying lipstick. Using a bit of concealer around the edges of your upper and lower lip will help lipstick stay in place.
Look for long-wear lipsticks or lip stains, so that you don't have to constantly be reapplying after each bite (or make-out session!).
Bold lips go great with patterns, like a printed skirt or top. They also look totally adorable with white, or basic black, to bring the focus on your gorgeous lips.
A fun way to bring out your gorgeous girly features is to highlight your cheeks. Historically, rosy cheeks have been a sign of feminine health, and was a sought-after attribute among everyone from royalty to rising starlet.
One way to get a pink tint to your cheeks is to use a lip and cheek stain. Since these do stain quickly, we advice that you learn how to apply from a pro at your local makeup store, so as to know how to contour your cheekbones properly.
Another way is with classic blush. Summer blushes have the added bonus of often containing a slight sparkle to them, to replicate dewy summer skin. Starting at the apples of your cheek (the biggest part of the bone, by your nose) lightly dust upward toward your temple. Don't go to heavy- apply in thin layers so as to make sure you get just the right amount of color.
Rosy cheeks are great to wear with florals or girly dresses, since they are classically girly. Pair them with a soft pink lip gloss and pink eyeshadow with mascara. It's all about highlighting your natural beauty, so keep focused on bringing out your best features with natural hues for this look.
The most seductive of all makeup looks has always been the smoky eye. This one is tricky, since just a tiny bit too much shadow can make it look cheap, so proceed with caution! The fun part about this is to mix up the colors a little. Greys and blacks are a classic smoky-eye choice, but dark purples or burgandys are a great alternative and look gorgeous next to fall earth-hued fashions.
Start by lining the eyes in your favorite eye pencil (dark brown for fair skintones, black for darker skin tones). Smudge the line heavily with either a Q-tip or a makeup tool like those sometimes found on the end of your eyeliner pencil.
Using a thin brush, brush lightly a dark-colored eyeshadow around the top and bottom of your lids, lightening the color as you go outward. You can also brush on a light layer of this dark color all the way into the crease if you want the look to be more dramatic.
Dab a small amount of a lighter color into the inner corner of your eye to keep eyes looking bright. We love a soft gold or white for this.
Redarken the eyeliner line around the eyelid if you desire it to be darker. Add mascara and a nude lipgloss.