Whether you’ll be dining out with a new love, sharing a romantic dinner at home, or enjoying a night out with your besties, you’ll want to look great for the occasion. Creating just the right look doesn’t have to be overwhelming; a few simple tips, tricks, tools and techniques can help you wow your girly or romantic companions.
Your makeup will be the crowning touch to any outfit you choose. Start with the right tools, like the Lovely Looks set from EcoTools, a leader in eco-conscious beauty products that is best-known for its incredibly soft cosmetic brushes. The set features everything you need to create a complete look, including a foundation brush designed with pointed-tip bristles for precise coverage, a shadow brush for even, accurate application of color to the eyes, a flat eyeliner brush to define your eyes using your favorite liner, an angled blush brush to sweep color over cheeks, and a powder brush to set makeup for a long-lasting hold. Follow this step-by-step guide to create three great date looks.
If you’ve been dating for a while, try cooking up a romantic dinner for two at home. Enjoy a nice meal and a bottle of bubbly without having to step out the door. For a night like this, think voluminous hair, flawless skin, flirty lashes and an irresistible glow.
Begin by creating a flawless base. Use your foundation brush to apply a BB cream or foundation over your entire face. Set using a powder brush to dust a light or translucent powder over your face.
For eyes, use soft colors in browns or beige to keep eyes looking natural. Using the shadow brush, apply a light taupe to your lids, and define the crease with a darker brown shade using the same brush. Using the flat eyeliner brush, line lids with a soft black or dark brown hue, then use the brush to gently smudge the outer half to create a subtle, cat-eye effect.
Add a rosy pink blush to the apples of your cheeks using the angled blush brush for an alluring, feminine flush. Red is the color of romance, and when it comes to lips, it’s always a safe bet if you are looking to turn things up a notch. Line your lips with a dark cherry red and then fill in the entire lip with liner to ensure the color lasts. Layer a matching red lipstick over the liner to deepen the color. Finally, trace your Cupid’s Bow (the two curves on the upper lip) and the area just under your lower center lip with a highlighter to create a plumping effect.
Ensure your date can’t take his eyes off of you by creating a sexy, smoky eye that’s sophisticated and smoldering. The effect works with any color palette, so choose one that complements your wardrobe, your natural coloring and your sense of style. You can stick with traditional grays and blacks, play safe with neutrals or get daring with color, as long as you have three shades to work with.
Prep the eyelid with primer to ensure color stays in place; then sweep your most neutral or lightest hue over the entire lid using the shadow brush. Use the tip of the same brush to contour the crease of your eyes with a color that’s a few shades darker than the lid color. With the flat eyeliner brush, apply the darkest shade around the outer edges of the eye and under the lower lash line to create a doe-eyed look.
Blend all pigments together using the medium shade so that they fade into each other seamlessly. With the lightest shade, highlight your brow bone and inner corners of the eye to help open them up. Use your flat eyeliner brush and a black powder or gel liner to line both the upper and lower third of your lash line. Complete your sultry eyes with several coats of mascara to both top and bottom lashes for extra drama.
Next, create the perfect backdrop for your stunning eyes with a full coverage foundation. Use the foundation brush to evenly apply and then set with a translucent power using the powder brush. Add bronzer just under your cheekbones with the angled blush brush, then add blush just above the bronzer and highlighter just above that to create a sculpted look.
Finish off with a neutral lip to not distract from your amazing eyes.
Every date doesn’t have to be all about romance. Girls just want to have fun and look good while doing it, and Friday or Saturday night is the perfect time to celebrate friendships by going out with your girlfriends.
Try experimenting with color for a playful, upbeat look. Begin with a good foundation applied with the foundation brush; then set it with the powder brush to prevent shine. The angled blush brush does double duty to define cheeks with a bronzer and blush combination. Create sky-high cheekbones by adding a shimmery highlighting hue to the tops of cheeks.
Make your facial features pop by filling in brows using the flat eyeliner brush. Using the shadow brush, cover your lids with a wash of shimmery bronze; then line lower lashes with a bright blue or green liner. Finish the look by adding two coats of mascara to create lush lashes, and add a simple wash of coral to make lips look inviting and kissable.
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