Thursday, February 5, 2015

Date Night Beauty

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a beauty tutorial for a romantic date night look.  I am one of those people that really enjoys the process of getting ready, especially if it means I'm heading out for a fun evening with friends or on a special date.  I like to turn on some music, light a candle and give myself plenty of time to play around with different looks.  Although I love a classic winged liner & red lip as much as the next girl, my husband prefers a smokey eye & softer lipcolor on me. 

I personally like mixing up the brands I use - to me, it makes sense to spend a little more on certain products (like foundation & concealer) and go with more affordable options for items like lipstick & gloss.  That's why I love shopping the beauty department at Nordstrom - because they carry so many different brands, I can try a wide range of products, mix both high & low and find what works best for me.  Plus, their customer satisfaction policy is second to none so I know if I have a problem or need to return something for any reason, they will be accommodating.

I purposely chose colors here that would work well on any skintone (dark plum, icy lavender & soft mauve) + you can easily adjust the intensity of the eyeshadow & eyeliner if you want a more dramatic look.  Here are the steps to recreate:

Start with a good base.  Primer is crucial to creating an even finish & helping your makeup go on more smoothly. Apply a pea sized amount all over your skin & let set for about a minute.  Then apply your foundation, concealer & finish with a light dusting of loose powder to lock it all in place.   I finally tried this foundation after having so many people recommend it to me.  It's more of a full-coverage makeup than what I was previously using and it stays put, which is perfect for an evening out.  

Step 1: Apply the middle color in the eyeshadow trio from lashline to crease.  

Step 2: Using the darkest color of eyeshadow trio, apply in small strokes to the outer half of the crease of your eyelid (in the shape of a side triangle).  Remember to start with a small application & add more as needed.

Step 3: Apply the lightest color in the eyeshadow trio from your browbone down to the crease, blending the two colors together well.

Step 4: Apply eyeliner along your upper & lower lash lines, pressing in between lashes to create depth.  I like to drag it slightly past the outer edge of my eye & smudge it a little with my finger so the line is diffused and softer looking.  

Step 5: Curl your lashes and apply a generous coat of black mascara (I love the small thin brush of this one because it's great for getting all those little corner lashes completely coated).

Step 6: Lightly apply the blush just to the apples of your cheeks, sweeping up towards the cheekbones.  Don't be intimidated by the color of this blush - it actually goes on quite sheer and gives the prettiest natural-looking flush to your cheeks.  If you want to take the time to also add highlighter, follow these steps.

Step 7: Apply lip primer around the edges of your lips - this will help keep the color from bleeding or feathering. Next apply your lip liner and the lip color.  Then take the lip gloss & dab a small amount just in the center of your bottom lip and on the cupid's bow.  This is one of my favorite tricks for creating more dimension & making the lips appear fuller.

Thank you to ShopStyle & Nordstrom for kindly sponsoring this post.  
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


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