For me, date night makeup is some of the prettiest, with a special focus on beautiful skin and eyes. I posted a photo of a look I wore a few weeks back on my Instagram, with a sultry, bronzey, smudgey eye, flushed cheeks and subtle everything else, so today I'm bringing you the tutorial - let's hop in.
For base, I think it's really imperative to get a light, seamless application of something that's just going to completely meld with your skin. You're going to be in close proximity to your beau, whether it's long term or a first date, and I want my skin to look as naturally pretty as possible. Turning to any cushion I've mentioned here on BTB is a safe bet for me but in the photo I used Tom Ford's Traceless Stick Foundation (here for US), worked into the skin with an Artis Oval brush dupe - read my review of the set here. I found that with fingers or different kind of brush, the Tom Ford foundation was too thick and heavy on my skin, but you can use such little product with the oval brushes, that I can get a much thinner, seamless application that dries to a naturally dewy finish - it's really expensive but it's such a beautiful foundation, I'm really liking it.
For concealer, I've chosen Tom Ford's Correcting Pen in Light (here for US), a dual end concealing stick with a beautiful finish, much like it's foundation compatriot above. The peachy pink end is perfect for under the eyes, whilst I spot conceal any blemishes with the teeny-tiny, yellow toned end.
On my combination skin, the foundation doesn't need powdering but I do like to just whisk a teeny bit through my forehead, between my eyebrows and a little on the chin to prevent excess shine as the hours pass by. My current favourite is L'Oreal's Nude BB - it really smoothes out any fine lines and doesn't look powdery or cakey.
Onto cheeks. In the photo I used the beautiful Neo Bronzer from Kevyn Aucoin in Capri (full review + try on here) but today I wanted to go a little more 'brickish' in tone and I wanted a cream product so I've opted for Stila's Convertible Colour in Camellia (see more of it in my Bumper Summer 2016 Favourites), which I apply with fingers on my apples and blend back up towards my temples.
For highlight I'm going reasonably subtle. The M&S Liquid Highlighter, a golden, champagne liquid highlight with doe foot applicator, is nice and natural and gives that 'candlelit glow' that makes you look healthy and internally radiant. I'm skipping contour or bronzer today - my skin has a natural colour from being out in the sun and I want to go for a more youthful, 'babyface' rather than sculpted out look - but if you want a little colour, one of my favourites is the Honey Bronzer from The Body Shop, it's a beautiful formula.
Onto the eyes. I'm opting for something soft, easy and bronzey, and all of the products have excellent lasting power. It's also a good look for anyone with hooded/Asian eyes or doesn't like heavy crease looks. I'm using my Marc Jacobs Lolita palette (here for US) to create a base, so a sweep over with the cream shade, then taking both the tan and dark brown shades lightly through my crease, and blending everything together. I'm then taking Kiko's cream shadow pot in 06 on a short, flat shader brush and smudging that quite close to my lashline. I also run that underneath the eye, sheering it out towards the inner corner. Then it's just a case of drawing on winged liner with Stila's Stay All Day (best liner ever) and doing a little inner corner highlight with Mary Loumanizer.
If you've got good lashes, just use mascara but as mine are pretty rubbish, I want some extra lash. I'm using these Eylure lashes as they remind me of super hyped lashes like Huda but are really affordable. They look pretty lashy on me but whatever, I'm into it. I'm using Chanel's Volume mascara on the bottom lashes for some extra kick too.
For lips I have options. I really love the formula of Revlon's Colourstay Moisture Stain's (here for US), and Stockholm Chic is a super pretty, brick red shade that compliments the Camellia blush beautifully - and that's what I'm sporting in the Insta pic. But alas, today I've gone for luxury, plumping for Tom Ford's So Vain (here for US), which doesn't look half as dark on the lips as it does in the bullet. Although you can sometimes feel the tiny flecks of gold glitter, they give the lip colour a really interesting edge, it's a beautiful shade.
And that's the look! Let me know your date night favourites below.
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