For my first-ever makeup tutorial, I thought I’d do my go-to date night makeup. Because, as y’all know, I go on a lot of dates.
Also, in case y’all were wondering, fabulous makeup does not maketh the date. I am proof of that. Also also this tutorial won’t make you look vampire-level pale. That’s just my skin tone.
By the way, this is also one of my favorite makeup looks to use for photoshoots for the blog! I’ve gotten a lot of requests over the past few months for the details, so I thought I’d get my sh*t together and oblige y’all. In this tutorial, I will guide y’all step-by-step through how to replicate this exact look. It’s super easy (and quick – takes me about ten minutes) and keeps you looking very natural.
I know, I know, I look like I escaped from a mental institution when I don’t have any makeup on. I blame my blonde aka translucent eyelashes. And now you know why I wear mascara every day of my life.
Start bare-faced. Put on a little moisturizer and sunblock (I swear by Aveeno!) so your dermatologist doesn’t gut you on your next visit anddddd you don’t get wrinkles prematurely.
Step two for making sure your date night makeup looks spot on: put on some primer. My current favorite is the one from IT Cosmetics. I use my fingers to apply the primer (about the size of two pearls) but you can also use a BeautyBlender.
While the primer is drying, move on to the eyes.
I always do the eyes before the face. That way, if you get mascara all over your face, it’s easier to cover it up. And now you know I have a habit of getting mascara all over my face. I’m not a very coordinated human.
For my date night makeup, I love Dior’s 5 Couleurs Palette in “Femme Fleur”. Using an eyeshadow brush, I apply the pink (upper righthand corner) all over my eyelid, up to the crease. I then use a crease eyeshadow brush to spread the purple (lower lefthand corner) along my crease and into the outer corners of my eyes. I usually end by using my fingers to blend the eyeshadows, for a more seamless look.
My next step in my date night makeup look is to apply Benefit’s High Brow in “Linen Pink” in the corners of my eyes and below my eyebrows. I sometimes even put a dot of it in the center of my eyelid, to make my eyes look bigger. Blend it in using your fingers and it gives your whole look a raise.
Next, I draw a slight cat eye using Kat Von D’s Ink Liner in “Ultra Black”. This stuff is godly. The pigment is perfect and it goes on like a dream every time. Another one of my favorites is Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in “Jet Black”.
I put the eyeliner on after the eyeshadow so the thick black pigment isn’t dulled by layers of eyeshadow on top of it. This way, it always looks even across the eyes.
The final step for the eyes is the mascara. As y’all already well know, this is necessary for me and my blonde eyelashes so I don’t leave the house looking like a crazy person.
I’ve lately discovered Eyeko’s Black Magic Mascara, and I must say: I’m obsessed. The curved brush hits every single eyelash, for a defined, voluminous look.
Now the eyes are done! Don’t I look much less like a crazy person? #goals
Nowwwww for the face. Don’t worry, this part’s easy.
Using a BeautyBlender, I put IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in “Fair” all over my face – it’s absolutely fabulous. It has SPF 50+ which is absolutely necessary when you’re as pale as I am (or, again, not wanting to anger your dermatologist) and it has great coverage – not too thick and not too thin. For my date night makeup, I like foundations that are on the thinner side because I like to have my freckles show through.
After applying my CC cream, I put on concealer. I love the under eye concealer from IT Cosmetics in “Neutral Medium” because it is full-coverage and great for covering up both under eye circles and those nasty zits. Under my eyes, I blend the concealer using a combination of a BeautyBlender and my ring finger (the index finger typically applies too much pressure). For the rest of my face, I just use the BeautyBlender to apply my concealer.
If I need more coverage after using my CC cream and concealer, I use IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in “Fair” in my problem areas (aka my chin and around my nose), wherever there is still visible redness, and often even on top of my under eye circles (especially if I didn’t sleep well the night before).
After doing my foundation, it’s time for eyebrows. I always wait to do my brows after my foundation and concealer because having a finished face gives you a better idea of how defined and dark to make your brows. And too-dark brows, just like not-there brows, can be pretty disastrous.
I use Anastasia Brow Wiz in “Caramel” for my brows.
For my blush, I use a combination of Le Métier De Beauté’s Blushing Bronzed Duet in “Romeo & Juliet” and IT Cosmetics’s CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush in “Je Ne Sais Quoi”. It may seem a little excessive to use two different blushes, but I swear that this combination gives you the perfect rosy glow.
I begin by applying the bronzer from Le Métier De Beauté’s Blushing Bronzed Duet along my cheekbones and in the hollows of my cheeks. I then brush the dark pink shade from the same palette on my cheekbones, up into my temples, and along the sides of my face. I finish my blushing ritual by brushing IT Cosmetics’s CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush on the apples of my cheeks to my cheekbones. Don’t worry if it looks a little Barbie/extreme in the palette, it brushes on super soft and rosy!
I set my date night makeup look using IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Micro-Powder in “Translucent”. I use the included powder poof (I’ve decided that’s the name for it) to place the powder all over my face – including under my eyes to set my concealer. I then use a powder brush to blend the powder into my makeup, creating a perfect finish that will stay on throughout the date!
I finish up my look by adding a touch of lipstick followed by some gloss. I’m currently digging the combination of Bobbi Brown’s “Beige Gold Shimmer” Lip Color with their High Shimmer Lipgloss in “Pink Sequin”.
And there you have it: my favorite, rosy-cheeked, cat-eyed, natural-looking date night makeup! I know it seems like a lot of steps, but I swear that once you get the hang of it, it is so easy to replicate time and time again in under 10 minutes.
So now I need something from y’all: was this helpful? Are there any other tutorials (hair, makeup, heck… even how to apply fake eyelashes) that y’all would like to see? Please let me know in the comments below!