5 Pretty Date Makeup Ideas

The first thing you want him to notice is you, not your foundation. We love the way that Emily Blunt impresses hubby John Krasinski with her perfect date-night makeup: a charcoal smoky shadow to play up her blue eyes paired with a rosy-toned lip and highlighted skin. To rock your own great date night makeup look, try these five products that’ll make you look sexy, but not overdone.

Score a Subtle Smokey Eye
All the ladies know that a smoked up, black-lined eye screams sex kitten. But to men, the heavy liner look can be intimidating. Take it down a few notches by lining your eyes in a dark brown pencil and smudging on a brown or copper shadow. You’ll get a similarly alluring look, but one that works for both day and night.

Try: Smashbox Masquerade Eye Palette, $35.

Smashbox eyeshadow palette

Get a Rosy Flush
You want an inward glow that gives your complexion a little boost instead of a colour overload. Using a large fluffy brush, apply a pinky shade to the apples of your cheeks and sweep upward along your cheekbones. Take a step back from the mirror after application and if it’s looking more clown-like than English rose, take it down a few notches with the swipe of a tissue. Remember, in many cases, less really is more.  

Try: Clarins Instant Blush Magic Colour, $28.

Clarins blush

Create the Right Foundation
There’s nothing scarier to your potential suitor than hyper visible makeup. If your skin is generally free of imperfections, stick with a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone. If you want fuller coverage, apply foundation only to the areas that need it most “ usually around the nose, the centre of the chin or on your forehead, concentrating on any discolourations or blemishes. Take a closer look (in natural lighting if possible) and blend any areas where you can visibly see the product, especially along the jawline.  If there’s a marked shade difference between your neck and face seek out a cosmetician to find a better product match.

Try: Yves Saint Laurent Radiance Enhancing Flawless Foundation, $48.

Yves Saint Laurent foundation

Find your Perfect Pucker
High drama reds look fab on the red carpet but this lip look should be saved for special occasions “ not first dates. For optimal kissability, stick with a lip stain and a gloss. The stain will set your lip look for the night and you can reapply a gloss on top when you hit the candlelit dinner.

Try: Esté©e Lauder Lip Gloss in Nude Rose, $22.50.

Estee Lauder lip gloss

Highlight your Assets
Instead of applying shimmer all over, pick the spots that you really want to accentuate. Apply a gold or silver toned highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, the inner corners of the eyes, under the arches of your browns and your dé©colletage if you’re feeling a bit more racy.

Product: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact, $38.

Bobbi Brown shimmer compact

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