I’ve been really into a simple, clean look for a date night this winter. Most date night tutorials have a smoky eye or a bright lip, so I’ve decided to go for something a little different. I’ve been working on applying fake lashes, so this look focuses on the eyes with a nude lip and light, fresh skin. I say that this if for a date night, but if you style it right, it can be for daytime too.
To start, I use the Clinique Superprimer all over my face. While I don’t always use a primer, with the foundation I’m using for this, it’s essential for this look.
Then, using a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I blend the Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation all over my face.
While the skin makeup settles, I use the Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eyelids. I love using a primer for eyeshadows. Whatever is your preferred primer, I just find that it helps your eyeshadows blend so much better and your makeup will last twice as long.
I move on to my brows while the primer sinks in. I’m using the Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette and a little angled brush. I’ve decided to use this rather than a brow pencil simply because it is a bit of a softer look and it will last longer than most brow pencils.
For the eyeshadow, I use the Too Faced Natural Matte eyeshadow palette. I am absolutely obsessed with these shadows. For this look, I put the color Strapless all over my lid with a domed shadow brush. Then I blend the color Risqué through the crease with a Mac 217 brush.
As for highlight, I use a mini Mac 221 brush and and the color Heaven from the same palette on my brow bone.
My eyeliner went a little bit weird today, it was just one of those days. But because I was going to do lashes, I didn’t bother to restart. I use an angled liner brush from Sephora and the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner along my upper lash line.
On my top lashes, I do a light coat of the Urban Decay Perversion mascara.
While the mascara dries, I line my lower waterline with a black Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon. I have only started using this recently, but for your waterline, this pencil is incredible. I would highly recommend!
Now for the lashes! I’m using the infamous Ardell Demi Whispies and the Ardell Lash Grip Eyelash Adhesive. I’m not an expert at applying lashes, but I simply put a thin line of glue along the bottom of the lashes, wait 20-30 seconds for the glue to go a bit tacky, and then starting with the middle of the lashes, try to get them as close to my actual lashes as possible. I then adjust the edges until either the glue dries, or I’m happy with how they are placed.
To touch up a bit, I go over the lashes and any glue with more of my gel liner, and add another layer of mascara to blend my real and fake lashes together.
Now to perfect my skin! I’m using my trusty Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer over any blemishes and under my eyes. I then blend it with my Real Techniques Setting Brush.
I am using a powder for this look, but as I don’t want it to cake on my skin, I’m using a fluffy powder brush, and lightly dusting some of my Body Shop All-In-One Face Base powder. This way my makeup will last, but not cake or look too heavy.
With that done, I finish up my eyes with the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. I love this stuff. It’s so easy to apply and is the only mascara that doesn’t run down my face or clump and I absolutely love it.
I’m then using the Nars Deep Throat blush. This is such a gorgeous color for a winter look. I’ve recently learned a new way to apply blush that makes it more of a natural contour, eliminating the need for dark contour anywhere else. Using the Real Techniques Multi Task brush, I sweep the blush down my cheekbone from my hairline and swirl it back up. The makeup artist who taught this to me described it as ‘hugs and kisses’. Do the ‘x’ shape with your brush down to the apples of your cheeks, and the ‘o’ shape back towards your hairline. This way, the cheekbones get the most of the color rather than the apples of your cheeks. If you are super pale, like me, using your blush like this is the best way to emphasize your cheekbones without risking your contour making your skin look strange.
For highlight, I’m using the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Champagne Pop with the Sephora Multitasker Complexion brush. I just use this lightly on the tops of my cheekbones and cupids bow.
To finish, I’m using one of my favorite nude lipsticks. It’s the Bobbi Brown lipstick in the color Sandwash Pink. It’s such a gorgeous color for a date night, not quite matte, but perfectly subtle to go with the fake lashes.
And that’s the finished look! I absolutely love the way the lashes work with the eyeshadow colors and the nude lip. It’s a bit of a different look than most people choose to do for a date night, but this is a fun, classic look that can be dressed up or down. Try a little black or dark red dress to compliment the colors for a fancier look, or come high waisted mom jeans and a t-shirt for a daytime look.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, check out my last one for my winter morning routine to do before you start on your makeup!