Ok, so sometimes it might seem like a million years since I was technically ‘dating’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the importance of a date night. In fact, if anything I see date-night as even more important as life seems to get busy and you always know you can always come home to that person – it’s easy to take for granted the fun in getting dressed up, spending a little longer on your make-up for your date. Be it a first or the hundredth – taking that time to look and feel like your best and most sparkly self will never get old. A little date night make up inspiration for you!
When it comes to date night make-up I have a few ‘go-to’ looks that I opt for that manage to dial up day-time make-up for date time. My number one choice is always a bronze smokey eye, plus some nude balmy lips. Not just because it’s my favourite make-up look in general but also because it works perfectly for any date that involves drinking or eating – balmy lips are easy to re-apply, low maintenance AND just perfect if theres a chance of a little kiss or two…
Of course, a bold lip for a date night is a gorgeous look. But personally, when on a date and having fun that last thing I want to be thinking about is ‘is my lipstick looking ok’ I just want to be having fun, giggling and enjoying myself! The best part of date night is when you’re just having such a good time that your make-up is the last thing on your mind!
Perfect Date Night Make Up:
My go-to make-up look for a date night is the following – though to be totally honest, it’s basically a slightly dialled up version of my day time makeup. But that suits me fine as whatever I’m doing I pretty much always want to still look like me!
Base/skin – Prepped with Glossier Rich Priming Moisturiser, plus slap on a little Glossier Balm.Com to allow it time to soak into lips whilst I do the rest of my face. Giorgio Armani Foundation *(shade 4), applied all over with a buffing brush. Then blended to perfection with my trust Beautyblender * sponge. If I need a touch of concealer under my eyes I’ve been using the Bobbi Brown Serum Concealer as it colour corrects/hides circles but isn’t drying. This base for me is the ultimate in natural/glowy/coverage combination.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette * is my absolute favourite at the moment – with the only caveat to that being that if I’m travelling/away from home I use something else as it is pretty bulky – but when getting ready at home I’ve been using this a lot. The shades I opt for daily are Ounce (the palest – all over the lid) and Chaser (looks beige, but applies looking more reddy toned – up to socket line). Then for date night I add either Lumbre, Dirty Talk (seems appropriate…) or Ember. Doing a little around lower lash line for a touch of smoke there. Plus the all important black liner in the water line on top and bottom. This is probably the main difference as it’s not usually a make-up touch I’d add day to day.
Mascara – it’s always black and always multiple coats. I don’t really do false lashes as find them too fussy (though I do LOVE lash extensions or the LVL Lash Treatment when I have chance to have those done). Current mascara is Tom Ford Extreme Mascara * that I mostly love because it’s Tom Ford and it makes me feel fancy. Liner is Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Bedroom Black *. Plus a simple slick of Glossier Boy Brow to tame my brows.
Cheeks, again I’ve been keeping this simple – I’m not usually one for the layering of bronzer/blusher AND highlighter. But I do love a blush/cheek colour with an added touch of glow so have been reaching for my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette with Mood Exposure being my favourite of the trio. A plummy pink, it always manages to add a touch of colour without looking artificial. Plus that magical Hourglass glow of course.
Then for lips I just add a slick of a simple nude shade – Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect * – as it’s one that doesn’t look awful if I eat and it rubs off as it’s close enough to my natural lip colour so I can concentrate on having fun, not if my lipstick looks perfect. Then I top it all off with a dusting of setting powder – I’ve been loving the #Insta Fix & Matt pressed powder * from Rimmel. A total bargain and does a great job at setting and leaving glow just where you want it.
When it comes to dating life now vs 2007 when I met Ollie (I know, a whopping 10 years ago this year) it’s changed SO much. We met the ‘old fashioned’ way via friends, on a night out. If anyone happens to remember a place in Acton called ‘The Redback’…yeah, well…that’s where the magic happened and I met the man I married! I can bet there aren’t many people out there who can say the same after a night at The Redback!
But even being 10 years into our relationship, I definitely still see there’s such a huge importance in making the time to do fun things and spend time together places other than home/the sofa. When life can get so busy – and Ollie and I are both pretty independent – it’s all too easy to go days/weeks without really spending time together and conversations end up becoming more like exchanges of essential info than laughing and chatting about unimportant but still important things together. But more than just making time, I think making the effort to feel and look good. I’m ALWAYS the one in favour of comfort/casual over dressed up – but then I also know I start to feel pretty fed up when I haven’t made an effort to look nice. It’s not always easy to find that sweet-spot between those magical comfort at home, make-up free, hair in messy bun moments and the looking-good, making an effort and catching yourself in the mirror and thinking YES I look lovely! I’m probably rambling now, but what I’m trying to say is there are many reasons why date night is important – be it when you’re single, new relationship or been together years. For me it almost has become more important as years have gone on because I don’t want to become that couple who take each other for granted and only really talk about who needs to take the bins out or pick up milk from the shop.
Happy dating people!xx
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