A first date can happen at any time in your life. Whether you are 16 or 34, we all are nervous…mainly about meeting him, but also about the right makeup to wear and beauty products to use. So I rallied up some of my favorite beauty bloggers to give you their first date beauty tips.
First from Paul from Beyond Beauty Basics, being a fabulous guy that I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person: “I think it’s always safe to say not to overdo it on the makeup. I like a natural look that you can go from day into night with because you know that look will work for any setting. If my date looked like she was going to dance FOR a club rather than in a club.. I might have to skip out on dessert and coffee. And yes bronzers are nice but too much might make me feel like I just won an Oscar.”
Trent from Average Metro Joe says: If you’re going on a first date, then your makeup depends on what kind of “date” you want it to be ;) If you want it to turn into a second date, then go for the “flawless” non-makeup look. Accentuate your best features, but do not use too much. Look naturally beautiful.
Julie from I Heart Heels says: The trick is to keep it simple and don’t forget to apply some type of lip shine. It’s amazing how great your lips look with a little sheen. Bare Escentuals Buxom Babes is my fav (it has a built-in plumper!)
Erika from Makeup Bag says: Go easy on the foundation and lipstick. Anything that might rub off on the napkin (or leave marks on your wine glass) might scare him! Also, a teeny bit of shimmer (think “glow” not “sparkle”) looks great in low lighting or candlelight.
Jamie from Girl Woman Beauty Brains says: Wear a scent that works for your body chemistry, but make sure it’s not overpowering. And remember, ylang ylang and heroli are two of the oldest aphrodisiacs in the world. You might want to stay away from them on a first date!
Carla from Product Girl says: I like to go with a “you only better” look for these types of occasions, nothing too dramatic or done up. One of my favorite things to do is use Laura Mercier’s “tightline” eyeliner technique. By using eyeliner from underneath the lashes, it gives a great defined look without being obvious.
Joi from Beauty Blvd says: Clean relatively short nails with a pretty but sheer color always looks nice and neat. Make sure you have on some hand cream and he won’t be able to resist holding your hand!
Jenn from Beauty in Real Life says: keep your hair soft and touchable. No crazy complicated hairdos tonight ladies. He wants to be able to think he can run his fingers through your hair…not get stuck in the process.
Christine from Temptalia says: Wear exactly what represents you! If you normally wear bold and dramatic makeup, go for a nice smoky eye for your dinner date. But if you’re normally wearing no makeup? Try light foundation, define eyes with a natural mascara, and wear your favorite non-sticky gloss!
Aramide from The Sassy Peach says: My rule of thumb is, it’s lips or eyes, not both! If you want your eyes to really pop, do a nude or toned down lip. If you want the attention to be on your lips, then keep your eye makeup soft & simple.
Alison from Advice Sisters: I have always downplayed too much makeup on a first date. Most men really don’t care or focus on the color of type of makeup you apply as long as it isn’t too much.
An Indian Girl’s Makeup Blog says: If I were on a first date, I would keep my face simple,soft and luminous by using just a little foundation mixed with a small amount of a luminizer. Kohl on my eyes, coral / peach blush and gloss. The other important thing would be a wonderful perfume! This works!
Eileen from MissWhoever You Are says: While red is the color of the holidays and bold and sexy for a first date it can be a bit overwhelming for some guys. A nice nude or something with a bit of shimmer. You want to seem approachable and beautiful…save the red for the second date!
Carleen from Beauty and Fashion Tech says: Less is more. Instead of regular foundation, try a more sheer mineral makeup. Aim for neutral shades on the eyes and lips, and wear very little blush. That way he will see the pretty you as opposed to creative bright makeup. Save that bright look for clubbing with your friends!
Latoicha from Luxe Tips says: Wow him with a beautiful scent. Men love when women smell good. I am currently in love with Lancome’s Magnifique. My husband loves it!
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