Sparkly Date-Night Makeup That Doesn't Look Overdone

Proof that glitter can be fun AND elegant.

Editor's Note: Well, hey there! Welcome to xoVain's new weekend posting schedule. As Anne-Marie mentioned in Open Thread, we'll be posting two stories on Saturday and two on Sunday to start. Woo-hoo! Let's get going!

Now that we’re posting on weekends, and Tamara has been killing it with the Look of the Week, I thought it might be fun to talk about weekend beauty. I’d love to see how you guys dial up the drama and experiment when you’re going out or doing something special on a Friday or Saturday night.

I’ll go first and show you how I switched up my usual neutral makeup for a Saturday night date with my boyfriend. The name of the game? SPARKLE.

Here's What I'm Using:


I started by applying a light foundation--Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation in No. 1, the fairest shade--with my fingers. I also spot-corrected with my favorite concealer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla.

I wanted to strongly define my features so I filled in my brows with the e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit (you know how much I love it). Then I used a fluffy kabuki brush to pick up some bronzer from my e.l.f. Contour and Blush Kit and sweep it under my cheekbones. For highlighting, I blended Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter above my cheekbones and brows with my fingers.


Lately I've just been doing the occasional swipe of mascara on my eyes, so I really wanted to glitz things up. I grabbed a medium dark brown eye pencil, Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On in Demolition, and lined my upper lids and the outer corners of my lower lash line. I don't like to go all the way around my eyes because I feel it makes them look smaller.

With my fingers, I liberally applied gold glitter all over (and slightly above) my mobile lids. The glitter is from NP Set Cosmetics' All That Glitters Gel Duo in Rio de Janerio--I got it at Target. If you have oily eyelids I definitely recommend using eyelid primer, because this glitter slips around a lot. It’s a gel, not a powder

I skipped mascara because I didn't want to distract from the rest of the look.


What goes better with gold glitter than purple lipstick? I didn't want a ton, though, just a light wash of color. I've been really into the popsicle mouth look lately: A flush of color radiating from the inner part of your lips and fading toward the outer edges. Obviously you don't want to do this in the opposite direction or you'll look like you applied lip liner and forgot to do the rest--never a good look.

I used Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in Sugarplum Fairy, concentrating on the inside of my lips and using my finger to gently blend outward.

The gold and purple make me think of Halloween, but at the same time it’s subtle enough that I don’t feel like I’m wearing elaborate costume makeup (although I will be doing a lot of that this month, too).

As for my hair, I don't know WHAT I'm doing with it lately. It needs a new cut or color or both, or something, but I've been putting it off. So on this day I simply brushed it back off my face and upward, using a few bobby pins to keep it in place at first, and then resorting to tucking the strands into a black headband. It's a quick, tousled style but it still looks like you bothered. Hairspray optional, depending on how dirty your hair is.

I hope you guys liked this look--please let me know how it works for you if you decide to try it. Now I’d love to see your weekend looks in the comments! Whether you’re going out for drinks or staying in for Netflix binges, Saturday night is the perfect time to experiment with your makeup, so go crazy and make me proud.

Photos by Joshua Kirby