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10 Cool Makeup Looks for Date Night

Spice up your weekend with some new makeup looks for date night.


You probably have your daily makeup routine down, whether that's swiping a mascara brush over your lashes and running out the door, or doing a full contour and bold brows for work. But whatever your standard makeup is, sometimes, you just want to spice things up. 

You need some new makeup looks for date night, to break out of the makeup monotony and try on something a little different. But don't worry, you don't have to be a professional makeup artist to pull it off: here are a few looks you can try next time you have a hot date planned.

Under-Eye Contrast

One of the coolest makeup looks for date night that will really add a pop to your look is using a contrasting color or shade of bright liquid liner or shadow under the eye. Bright gold or silver eyeshadows will make your whole eye look brighter and more open, while a swipe of color like green or bright blue will create a much bolder look. 

You can also use this as a way to subtly match your eye makeup to your outfit or accessories, without looking too matchy-matchy. If the bold swipe is too much for you, you can also achieve a light version of this contrast with a colored eyeliner just across the waterline of your lower lashes.

Dark Green or Blue Smoky Eyes

A bold twist on an already bold classic makeup look for date night; the smoky eye. Dig through all the eye shadows in your makeup bag and use a dark green or blue to make a bold, sultry smoky eye with an added bit of pop. Pair the bold, dark eye makeup with a subtle nude or peachy lip color to offset, or go all out with a dark lipstick to match. 

This look will really sparkle in the dim lighting of a romantic date spot. Use a dash of a silvery or white shadow or liner on the inner part of your eyes as well to contrast the dark shades and make your eyes look brighter and more open, and to ensure the look doesn't get lost in the ambience.

Natural Emphasis

Perfecting a "natural" makeup look gives you the opportunity to put some effort in, feel dressed up, and emphasize your natural beauty in any context. Day-to-day, a trip to the beach, a weekend out, and yes, a hot date night are all potential reasons to break out some basic, natural-toned makeup products, focusing on the cheeks and lips. 

Use a light shadow just a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone, and a brown liquid liner just at the base of your lash line. Add a tinted moisturizer to even out your skin tone, a hint of lipstick in a shade just darker or lighter than your natural tone, and you're set for any context.

Rose Gold

You can find a whole host of makeup tutorials dedicated to capturing the magic of the rose gold look. Using subtle pinks and metallic, shimmery golds on your eyes, lips, and cheeks, you can create an all-over face makeup look for date night that looks both sweet and sexy, classic and modern, chic and royal. 

These colors make a real statement, but don't overpower your look as some more bold color combinations may end up doing. A deeper pink will make a bolder statement, while you can opt for light, shimmery, natural tones for a more subtle, ethereal look.

Bold Brows and Lips

A good rule of thumb for everyday makeup is to choose one part of your face to emphasize. For makeup looks for date night, you should increase this to two or even three parts of your face, making a bolder statement. Perfect time to break out the red lipstick.

Two easy options for a quick and fierce date night look are the lips and brows. The combination of a bold lip and bold brow will make a strong statement, obviating the need for complex eye makeup. It manages to be both simple and incredibly bold at the same time, perfect for a date night look on short notice. If you're really lacking time, you can also try some easy outfits anyone can pull off to complete your look.

Peachy Glow

Another more subtle makeup look for date night is the "peachy glow" kind of tutorial. This involves using shimmery, peachy tones on your lips, cheeks, and eyes, which go very well with gold and pearl accessories. This look ends up being shimmery, ethereal, and beautiful without overwhelming your overall look. 

This look is also a very versatile one, perfect for a brightly lit daytime date, or a sultry, dimly lit evening date. Whichever way you go, you'll be sure to captivate your romantic interest. If you're having a hard time choosing a venue, check out these date night ideas by price, organized to fit any budget.

Winged Eyeliner and Red Lips

The age-old classic makeup look for date night: winged eyeliner and red lips. A bright, matte red brings out the classic look in a sexy, bold, and yet timelessly chic way. Pair it with a little black dress and some pearl earrings, and you'll be looking glamorous and chic with very little work.

From Audrey Hepburn to Lily Collins, this look remains a classic that never fails to look sultry, bold, and confident. A darker lipstick can always make the look even more sultry, while the thickness of the wing can put you wherever you like on the spectrum from glam to casual.

Metallic Smoky Eye

The smoky eye is a classic, sexy look that has been a staple of date night makeup looks for decades. But it's always worth trying something new, and a metallic twist on the smoky eye is the perfect way to adapt an age-old classic to new purposes. This variant creates a gentle gradient that looks captivating.

Using slate, bronze, gold, and silver shades of eye shadow, you can create a smoky eye that doesn't just look dark, but bright as well. The glittering brightness also serves to negate any potential "closing" effects of the smoky eye, which can sometimes make your eyes look smaller. Using some brighter metallic shadow, you can make your eyes pop and brighten.

Dark Lipstick and Bright Eyes

My favorite overall makeup look for date night is a bright eye with dark lipstick. It's by far one of the easiest looks to do and one of the easiest to pull off—no special tricks or complex moves. Just choose your favorite dark lipstick, a deep maroon or brown, and a light, shimmery eye shadow palette. Silvers, blues, and whites make a great contrast to the dark lip, and just a little bit goes a long way. 

Bold brows and lashes will make sure the look doesn't seem unbalanced. The great thing about this look is that it goes well with just about any outfit, and can be easily dressed up or down for a particular venue.

The Glitter Crease

This look is ideal for making a splash at a New Year's Eve party or similar event, but it will also make for fantastic year-round makeup looks for date night. Keep the rest of the eye shadow relatively neutral, and use a bright gold or silver glitter liner to trace the crease of your eyelid. Pair that with a simple winged liner and you'll have some eye makeup that goes with anything, and turns heads everywhere. 

Alternatively, you can add an extra line of glitter beneath your lower lashes, tying the bold look together and making your eye look even brighter and more awake. If you really like to keep things quick and simple, there are a lot of time-saving beauty tips that you must know.

Whichever style you go for, trying a new makeup look for date night will make you feel more confident and daring. Step out into uncharted territory with your look and let that boldness ring true in your demeanor as well. Have fun, enjoy yourself, and your date won't be able to look away.

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