8 First Date Makeup Tips, Dos and Don’ts

There’s nothing quite so exciting as a first date. There’s also nothing quite so terrifying as a first date. You want to look amazing, but you also don’t want to take it too far and end up looking like you crawled straight out of the 80’s. It’s a fine balance, but these first date makeup tips will take the guesswork out of your date night look!

Do Prep Your Face Before Applying

Good makeup doesn’t just start when you pick up your makeup brushes and get to work. For the best artworks, canvasses have to be prepped. The same can be said for your face. If you want a flawless look, you’ll need to put in a little work before you start the actual application process. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, taking care not to agitate your skin. Rinse with cold water, it will help to minimize the look of your pores. Lastly, apply a lightweight moisturizer, if you have combination or dry skin.

Do Disguise Your Blemishes and Imperfections…the Right Way

Acne and under-eye bags wait for no one and nothing. Not even that cute guy from your office on your first date out for drinks. And, while it might be tempting to just smother any pimple that dares show its face with enough concealer to paint a house with, the right technique will be more effective than the “more is better” approach. To counteract redness (from pimples or tired eyes), use a concealer with a green hue. Dab it around the edges of the imperfection, slowly blending it in, until it is fairly concealed. Apply foundation as normal.

Don’t Stop at Your Face

This is another one of important first date makeup tips. Sure, when most people hear the word “makeup”, they automatically associated it with their face. But that’s really limiting the potential of your beauty arsenal! Using makeup elsewhere really helps to bring your entire look together. That doesn’t, however, mean putting bronzer on your kneecaps. Instead, you’ll want to put a little work towards your décolletage and bust area. If you have any imperfections there (freckles or acne, anyone?), you can use a little concealer (like above) to nix that. Or use just a bit of translucent powder to give things an even look. With a little bronzer, you can even add some shadow and curve where there wasn’t any before.

Don’t Leave Greasy

Grabbing a slice of greasy pizza is a great way to end a date. Heading out the door with your skin shiny from grease is not, however, a great way to start one. The vast majority of women will experience greasiness and shine at least sometimes: Both oily and combination skin are particularly susceptible. Your best bet? Using oil blotting papers on the problem areas, both before and after your makeup application. Don’t have any? You can use a coffee filter for the same result, at a fraction of the price! Suddenly oily while you’re out? A toilet seat cover works, too. Isn’t it one of the most creative first date makeup tips?

Do Use Water for a Bold Eyeliner Look

One of the best parts about being able to go out at night is that you can go bolder and more sultry than most people do on a daily basis. It’s a chance to release your inner vamp and let the mystery show. But what if you don’t want to go out and buy a new eyeliner, or try to layer it into something that looks (hopefully) glamorous and not like a first grader’s first attempt with a colored crayon. If you use a pencil liner or a powdered liner, then add a little bit of water. It makes it bolder, darker, and thicker!

Don’t Use One Eyeshadow Color

The second part of a bold night-out eye look is the eyeshadow. And, if you’re going out on the town to have fun, you get a chance to really have fun with it! But you won’t get the bold look you’re hoping for just by brushing the same color over your entire eyelid and calling it a day. Instead, mix it up. Pick three shades in the same color family: A dark shade, a base shade, and a light shade. (Want even more pop? Add some white or pale champagne, too!) The darkest color goes in the corners of your eyes and along the lash line. The base covers the majority of your eyelid. The light shade goes just under the brow bone. And the white or champagne? Add just a bit in the inner corner of your eye to really wake things up!

Don’t Let Spider Lashes Happen

This is another one of great first date makeup tips. And here we have the last part of the “smoking hot eyes” trend we’ve been talking about. You can have the best eyeliner and eyeshadow in the world, but if you end up with spider lashes (or, worse, thin lashes), it’s not going to be a good look. The first thing you should do to stop the spider in its tracks is invest in some disposable mascara wands; they’re less likely to build up clumps and residue than the wand that comes with the makeup. If you don’t have time for that, run water over the included wand until it runs clear. Don’t pump the wand up and down in the tube; just push it in and pull it back out. Dab any excess off with a napkin, then apply slowly, moving it back and forth for separated lashes. Still have clumps? Use a lash brush to get rid of them!

Do Choose One Feature, and Flaunt It

Of course, just because you’re getting to try something more daring than usual, that doesn’t mean that you should try every daring look out there all at once. Even in today’s more lenient beauty world, there is such a thing as looking too overdone. The best way to make sure that you don’t go from looking fab to looking like a three year old’s art project? Choose one feature to bring attention to, and leave the rest neutral. If you have bold eyes, your lips should be nude. Wearing dark lipstick? Nix the smoky eyeshadow.

Finding great first date makeup isn’t as difficult as anyone who’s ever tried to even out skin tone or meticulously apply eyeliner has, at one point or another, thought. With just a few tricks, you’ll be ready to hit the town with a flawless face… and, hopefully, flawless date!

Do you have other first date makeup tips to share?

Stay beautiful!

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