Getting ready for your first date calls for a show-stopping outfit and glam worthy makeup. The art of creating first date makeup looks is a great way to express yourself and to feel your best.
The reality is, however, you're often wracked with nerves and anxiety before the first date, and the very notion of coming up with show-stopping first date makeup looks can be a torture. Luckily for you, we love makeup, and we love showing people how to apply it, too.
Our goal is to make it easy for you to pick up your makeup routine on the first date, so you don't have to settle for your trusty mascara-and-lip-gloss combo at the last minute. Hence, we've rounded up our best first date makeup looks that'll make you feel like a million bucks. Take a look!
#1 A Soft Sculpted Look
If you want to keep things simple—for a café or a picnic date—softly sculpted cheekbones, glowing skin, and a dash of winged eyeliner are ideal makeup looks for your first date.
To get that glow-from-within look, replace the heavy base with a tinted moisturizer. Make your cheekbones pop with some long-lasting illuminator with a light hand—you don't want to look like you're wearing straight glitter. Finally, finish the look with brushed-up eyebrows and a subtle lip color.
#2 Peach Does It All
A peach makeup style goes with everything, from vibrant cafes to dimly-lit clubs.
No, that doesn’t mean you have to load your lids with orange shadow. With just a soft tint of peach on your eyelids and cheeks, you can make your casual date makeup look quite charming. Create a memorable first impression with this summery look.
#3 The 90’s Inspo—But with a 'Highlight'
With matte skin, matte eyeshadow, and nude lips, this look is a total throwback to supermodel makeup in the '90s, and we're loving it. This make up first date-night look is an excellent example of how past trends can still be relevant.
The most important thing to keep in mind when recreating this makeup look is finding the right nude lip shades, no matter what your skin tone is. You may add a wing to this look to accentuate just your eyes. Want a twist? Add highlighter, not so common in the 90s.
#4 Romantic Rose—Pink for Love
So, the guy you’ve been crushing after since forever has asked you out (finally). How can you be sure to capture—and hold—his attention? We know! With the romantic rose look.
You can choose to simply tightline or smudge some kohl on your lids, or take it up a notch by adding a shimmery pastel pink color. Apply some lengthening mascara to give your eye a defined look. Put on a light pink lipstick for a flirty flush, and if you like, dab it on your cheeks in an upward direction to get a lifted blush look.
#5 Go Bold or Go Home—Nothing Attracts Like Red
Bold lips are the perfect way to make an impression on your first date, especially if you like to go all out with your makeup. It's your choice whether to go fuchsia or slay it with red! Whatever you decide to wear, make sure you are comfortable.
Finish the look by applying a sheer blush to the apples of your cheeks and coating the lashes with some mascara.
#6 Wings That Cut & Lips That Pop
First date at the club? We have the perfect makeup look for you!
You can master this look in under 15 minutes if you are already familiar with some makeup basics. The cat-eye and a candy-colored lip stain focused in the middle of the lips make a great pair.
If you are going for a softer look, you may want to use gel liner or black eye shadow in place of liquid liner.
#7 Blushed Up Beauty
The cheeks are awash in color and we are smitten with how glimmering this look is. Make your first date a success by applying some blush, coloring up your lips in a subtle nice or brown, and wearing lots of mascara.
When applying blush on your cheeks, start with your preferred shade and gently blend it on your apples of the cheeks using a brush. Add color slowly as you go until you achieve the color you desire. Powder blushes work great for this technique.
#8 Smoke up the Eyes
Having soft, glowing skin combined with a smoky eye is ideal for date night (or any night of the week). Using a dark eyeshadow as a base color will allow you to easily create smokey eyes. Want a twist? Add color to that smokey eye!
You may well find that this date makeup look is your favorite—because the colors of the blush, lips, and eye shadow blend beautifully together.
#9 Nothing Overboard—The No-Makeup Makeup Look
Would you rather impress your date by showing off your natural beauty? This simple makeup for first date says, why not?
Skin that glows with a subtle sheen and berry lips are the stuff of make up first date dreams. Use a lightweight CC cream to achieve the "no-makeup look" with ease. The combination of a soft makeup look and light tones is one that works for any occasion—whether it be for a brunch date or a romantic candlelight dinner.
#10 Or All the Color—Go Berserk!
We have said it once, we’ll say it again. There are no hard rules when it comes to a first date makeup tutorial.
While getting ready for your next first date, wear multiple colorful shadows—the contrast between these tones will help you draw attention to your lids. As long as you feel comfortable wearing the colors you desire, it doesn't matter how many eyeshadow tones you wear. Ensure that your date's full attention is focused on your eyes by leaving the rest of your face bare. You may even choose to just wear bright colored kajals like an electric blue or a bottle green as graphic eyeliners!
The Wrap Up
With these first date makeup tips, you’re ready to make the best first impression with your date.
Try them out, and let us know your favorite look in the comment section below. Oh, and don't forget to tell us how that first date went! ;)