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So, you’ve got yourself a date. You know where you’re headed and what you’re wearing, but what makeup look should you choose? Whether you’re going on a first date, a romantic evening out, or a casual lunch get-together, we know the best makeup look for every type of date. Not sure if a bright red lipstick is too bold for a first date? Uncertain whether or not glitter eye makeup is the right vibe for a night out? Keep reading to squash those pre-date jitters and learn the best makeup look for whatever your date has in store.
First impressions are important, which can make meeting someone for the first time—or making the move from friend to potential romantic interest—totally nerve-wracking! Our advice: Keep your makeup look simple and subtle for a first date. Go with a classic, always-classy light brown eye shadow, such as one of the light brown shades in the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette. To complete your eye makeup, wear the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black or Brown, plus a few coats of your favorite mascara. Stick with a subtle lip color, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Ultra Matte Highly Pigmented Nude Lipstick in Full-Blown Fawn. Lastly, brush on a light shade of blush, like the L'Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Bashful, for a natural-looking flush.
Whether it’s the third date or the three-hundredth, hitting the town calls for a special, stylish makeup look. To ensure your date can’t keep their eyes off of you, pair a bold red lip, such as the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Glassy Garnet, with a dark smoky eye.
If a smoky eye isn’t in your everyday makeup repertoire, start by using a highlighter, such as a light shade from the L'Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette in Moonkissed, on your brow bone and the inner corner of your eyes. This will help give your eyes a bright, open look even after your sultry shadows are applied elsewhere. Next, grab the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Carbon Black and apply a thin line to your top and bottom lash lines. Then, grab a cotton swab or a pencil brush, and blend out the lines for a smudged effect. Finally, add a light dusting of the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Noir Cest Noir on your lids and finish things off with a coat or two of black mascara.
A lunch date is quite a different setting than, say, dinner or drinks, and as such, it requires a different approach to your makeup look. For example, we wouldn’t recommend showing up to a 2 PM lunch date wearing the aforementioned smoky eye and dark red lips. Instead, go with a pale pink eye shadow, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Little Beige Dress, paired with brown eyeliner and mascara. For your cheeks, swipe the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Blush Shaping Stick in Cheeky Dimension onto the tops of your cheekbones, then blend out with a makeup blender. Apply the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 8HR Le Gloss in Blush as you’re walking out the door and you’re all set.
Nothing is quite as romantic as a good dinner date, wouldn’t you agree? For an equally romantic makeup look, go with an eye shadow shade that’s subtle yet still dressed-up, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush. Next, apply black liquid eyeliner and a few coats of the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara. Since it’s evening, you can kick your blush up a notch—instead of daytime pink hues, go with a darker tone, like the L'Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Spiced Plum. Similarly, go for a darker lip color than you’d pick for a daytime date. We love the L'Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Am Worth It, which has a long-lasting formula that’s perfect for date night. Apply and you’re ready to head to the restaurant.
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