Makeup Tips & Tricks – How to Change Your Look for 6 Types of Dates

Just like choosing your date-night outfit, applying your makeup also requires a bit of extra attention and thought when you’re headed out with a special someone. With some fine-tuning of your everyday makeup routine, you’ll be ready for any type of date. Here are some tips for every scenario.

First Date

Products that will give you a natural look while bringing out your eyes, skin and lips are the essentials of first-date makeup. Opt for a dewy foundation to help your skin look healthy and radiant. Avoid wearing makeup that you aren’t comfortable with, such as false lashes or thick liquid liner. Opt for a glossy lip instead of a matte lip, as this can sometimes look too harsh and dramatic. Lips with a slight sheen will look healthy, plump, and kissable.

An Outdoor Event

If you’re heading outdoors for your date, choose makeup that will tolerate higher temperatures. Hot weather can send makeup into meltdown. Choose a tinted moisturizer that contains a built-in SPF. A cream blush will give cheeks a healthy, radiant glow. Avoid too much eye makeup and choose a waterproof mascara. A cream shadow stick or powder eye shadow can be used as eyeliner on the upper lash line.

The Wine & Dine

If your date is taking you out to a nice restaurant for dinner, add a little extra something. Go for a bolder look with a statement lip. Matte lipsticks tend to have more staying power throughout the course of eating and drinking. A satin or matte foundation paired with slightly winged liner and dramatic lashes will pull the look together. Set your makeup in place with a translucent setting powder and add a natural pop of color to your cheeks.

Music Venue

A date at a concert or show calls for a more adventurous approach. Add a pop of color with a colored eyeliner. Line only the lower lash line with the colored eyeliner if you prefer to stick to black or brown on your top lash line. False lashes can add a little extra drama.

Daytime Wedding

A daytime wedding is often less formal than an evening wedding. If it’s springtime, apply a subtle wash of a light purple or lavender eye shadow and follow with a coral blush on the cheeks for a radiant springtime glow. Fall and winter weddings call for warmer tones, so choose berry shades for the lips and golds and chocolate browns for the eyes.

Black Tie Affair

If you’re headed to a black-tie affair, go for glamour. Use an extra-coverage foundation. Choose a lighter eye shadow as a base of color over the lid. A small angled eye shadow brush and a neutral or warm toned eye shadow (depending on your coloring) will help to emphasize the beautiful contours of your eye. Add a bit of champagne- or frost-colored shadow to the inner corners of your eyes to open them up. Line your eyes with a liquid or gel liner. Finish with a bold lip color.

The Best Tips & Tricks

Now that you have an ideal look in mind, apply your makeup so it will stay fresh and in place for the duration of your date. Start with a primer. It helps prevent makeup from cracking or transferring to your clothes. Then, apply your makeup in thin layers. Make sure to choose long-wear foundation. On top, add translucent powder and setting spray. Choose waterproof mascara to minimize the chances of smudges and smears.

A lip “stain” will also last longer than a typical lip gloss. However, if you’re going for the lighter look of gloss, make sure to tuck it into your handbag so you can reapply. Here are the other products to take with you for touch-ups throughout your date:

  • Setting Spray: A setting spray provides a dewy look, locks makeup into place and keeps colors bright. For day-long dates, have it on hand to refresh your face.
  • Concealer: For stubborn blemishes or dark spots, a dab of concealer can work wonders. Take it along for emergency touch-ups, but be sure to blend it well.
  • Face Powder: Face powder can help soften a shiny complexion and give it a warm glow. It can also help blend concealer. Most options come in compacts that can fit snugly in your purse.

Whichever makeup combo you choose, just remember to go with one that allows you to feel like yourself. Being confident and comfortable in your own skin is the best look of all.


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Pamela Miller

Posted by Pamela Miller

Pamela Miller is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician as well as a beauty blogger for Walgreens. She’s passionate about sharing beauty tips to build women’s confidence for dating as well as every day. Prepare for date night with skincare solutions like face cleansers at Walgreens.com.

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