3 Date-Night Looks For 3 Very Different Dates

These date makeup ideas don’t guarantee love, but at least you’ll look good.

In this The Year of Our Lord Tinder, romance can seem like an unrealistic goal. Single folks are too busy building profiles and swiping right (or left? I don’t know how it works!) to actually step out in the light of day and, well, meet other people. Isn’t it depressing?

I’m a die-hard romantic and a total sap monster, and I’m always here to dole out unsolicited advice. I think you should kiss someone right away, never sext until you’ve IRL sexed, and don’t trust anyone who doesn’t cook. But there are no “rules” anymore. Do what you want! Life is short! Make out, live longer!

While I (clearly) have no place giving dating advice, I do have ideas for date-night makeup.

A Casual Night At The Movies

Movie dates are great because you don’t have to talk but you can hold hands, which is cute. Pick a scary movie so you’ll have an excuse for extra grabby-hands action.

I keep makeup looks simple for movie nights because I cry at every movie. I’m easily overwhelmed, OK?

For this look, start with light, dewy coverage by mixing Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Color with just a few drops of Estee Lauder Nutritious Radiant Vitality Essence Oil.

For a cute flush, swipe on some Face Stockholm Crème Blush in Paris, a bright watermelon pink-red. Simply swoosh a line onto your cheekbone with your index finger and then blend it in with your other fingers.

The tiny compact this blush comes in makes for the perfect little mirror to keep in your purse for covertly checking your teeth for popcorn as the theater lights come back on.

For the eyes, we’re going with Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette (in Exclusive Nudes), which has become my new ride-or-die for wearable, gorgeous eye looks. The shadows are shimmery, perfectly pigmented, and blend beautifully.

I used the fantastic brush that comes with the kit to dust Day Into Date (the fourth shade from the left--a soft tan) onto my lid, and used the tiny sponge applicator to dab just a bit of Sugar Cane (the first color--a bright, shimmery white) into the inner corners of my eyes for a bit of subtle pop.

Then, I slicked on Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in Coming Up Rosy, for some sheer color that’s moisturizing and make-out friendly.

Finish up the look with a little bit of waterproof mascara and a sweet smile.

Late-Night Drinks And Who Knows What Else

Grabbing drinks after work or in the evening is a great low-key option for getting to know someone. Here’s a look that’s a bit more dramatic and sexy, but still low-key enough for your favorite dive bar.

Start the look, once again, with your favorite BB, CC, foundation, or what-have-you. Then, with that same Clinique palette I used in the first look, cover your mobile lid with Hazy, a shimmery taupe.

Then, work Dark Brown Shade of Morning Java Quad (the darkest brown shade in the palette) into the outer corner crease and blend it slightly up and out.

For the lips, I’m using Face Stockholm Lipstick in Naked, a gorgeous pink with brown undertones that has quickly become my new “nude” lip. I agree with Alle that you can do dramatic eyes AND dramatic lips, but going overboard on blush can really ruin a look. I opted, instead, for a natural flush with just a few dabs of Benefit Benetint to each cheek.

Get your sexy on. (Yes, that’s a Justin Timberlake reference.)


It’s important to flaunt your freak flag early on in the relationship, so dude or dudette knows what they’re getting into. Put all your baggage on the table, and do it in weird makeup.

If you’re going to a party together. or some other sort of cray event, here’s a fun look that says, “I’m down to experiment!”

I started by covering my entire mobile lid with Fringe, a frosty, intense teal from Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette.

Then, using an angled brush and Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner (in Black Ebony), I drew an extended cat-eye starting from the outer edge of my upper lash line. With a wet brush, I lined a speck of Revolt, a cool silver from the Electric Palette, under my lower lash line. I followed up with some MAC False Lashes Mascara on the upper and lower lashes.

I paired this over-the-top eye look with some coral-pink lips, courtesy of Face Stockholm Lipstick in Gladje which has enough pigment and staying power to last you through any party.

I skipped blush and brushed a bit of bronzer onto both my cheekbones and across my forehead.

This isn’t a look for wallflowers, so go for it and have a great time.

  • Now tell me about the best date you ever went on.
  • Tell me about the WORST one as well. My worst date involved food poisoning. Story time!