Nothing kills the romantic date vibe quite like lipstick smeared round your mouth, or eyeliner running down your face. Whatever you get up to on your date (we don’t judge), we know you probably want to keep your makeup firmly *on* your face – you didn’t spend an hour beating it to the high heavens for nothing. So no matter if the evening gets hot and steamy, or whether it’s so awful you duck out early to get drinks with the girls, here are our top picks for a flawless face that’ll last through anything (winky face).
Ace your base with a mattifying primer with some ‘stick’; it’ll help your makeup stay put all night long. Illamasqua’s Matte Veil gel formula mattifying veil is a light, gel based texture, which won’t make your face feel heavy, while giving the ‘tack’ necessary to keep your foundation in place. Plus – as it’s mattifying – it’ll stop your natural oils interfering with your foundation, meaning your makeup will stay smooth and even looking.
When using a mattifying primer, we recommend following up with a mattifying foundation to really reap the benefits, and to guarantee you stay shine-free. Not only is it matte (but still skin-like) UOMA’s ‘Say What?’ Foundation comes in 51 (yes, FIFTY ONE) shades, so you won’t have to be worrying all night about whether you blended it into your neck properly.
The best way to counteract any ‘flatness’ you might feel from matte base products is to use cream products on top. Not only will they keep your cheeks looking hydrated and juicy, they’re a great way to make your makeup more long wearing. By layering up a cream highlighter under your regular powder highlight, you double it’s longevity (as *well* as its highlighting powers). Blind your date with your cheekbones by using the BEAUTY BAY Gelee Glow Multi Use Highlighter on the high points of your face, either on its own or layered up.
To stop yourself looking powdery or ashy under harsh bar and restaurant lighting, the cream product trick works a treat. Queen of contour Anastasia Beverly Hills (aka, Anastasia the Contourer) has created the most natural, creamy and blendable contour sticks, that will leave you with the perfect cheekbone-to-bronze ratio. Simply blend a few dabs over the top of your foundation anywhere you want to be snatched, and set lightly with a puff of translucent powder.
Nothing elevates your look like a pair of lashes, go from desk to dancefloor (or restaurant, bar, cinema, or crazy golf…) by whacking a pair on atop of your day makeup. Ardell’s Demi Wispies are the best for a first date – they open up your eyes without looking or feeling heavy. The super stretchy, lightweight band is easy to apply and stays put, so you won’t be fiddling around trying to stop them escaping your eyelids all evening (more time you can spend batting them at your crush, instead).
Highly pigmented shadows are your best friend for a long wearing look. For a first date we recommend a warm toned subtle glam eye to enhance the shape of your peepers, and what better palette for the job than the Juvia’s Place The Warrior II? Blend Kana all over as a base shade, smudge Kufuru into the crease, add a little Walzana as a smokey liner and you’re good to go!
For subtly groomed brows that stay in place all evening, we recommend Anastasia Beverly Hills’ newest brow offering – the Dipbrow Gel. Packing the punch of the original Dipbrow with the natural look of a gel, even the unruliest of brows will be preened into place.
It may be a tad clichéd to focus on your lips for a date, but preparation is key – just in case! Firstly, make sure they’re hydrated and kissably smooth (sorry, we’ll stop now) by prepping them with a natural lip balm, our personal fave is the eos Crystal Hibiscus Peach. It’s also the perfect base for matte looks, so that your lips don’t look or feel dry, without changing the texture of the lipstick.
Now there’s no danger of crustiness, you want your lipstick to stay perfect all evening long, so a matte liquid lipstick is your best bet. Knowing that ‘nude’ lipsticks aren’t one size fits all, Jeffree Starr is the king of them – and his Mini Velour Nudes Volume Two set contains eight minis, so you can find the perfect shade for you. They’re also super adorable, and easy to slip in your clutch bag for any emergency touch ups!
A setting spray is crucial before an evening out – who knows if your makeup will have to last until the morning? Set all your hard work with a hard working setting spray, such as West Barn Co’s Peppermint Refresh Facial Mist. It’ll also help blend all of your powder products together flawlessly, so that your base appears smooth and glowy.