Date night is all about dolling up – am I right? However, sometimes all the planning and prepping can get just a tad overwhelming, which is why I’m sharing some great date night beauty prep tips with you! These helpful guidelines are sure to have you looking and feeling even better than your usual fabulous self on the next hot date you have lined up.
#1: Plan what you’ll be wearing
Before I get to the beauty tips, let’s begin by planning out your outfit. While it isn’t always possible, try to pick out your outfit beforehand. Have no idea what to wear? Here are some sexy, charming date night outfit ideas that will totally knock his socks off:
- Classic denim and stripes: If you’re a simple girl when it comes to dressing, you’ll be happy to know that you can never go wrong with fitted jeans and a striped tee.
- A pumped-up little black dress: For those days when you hate everything in your closet, look to the no-fail garment that is a curve-hugging little black dress. Dress it up with chunky jewelry or coloured heels.
- Printed pants with a simple blouse: Nope, printed pants aren’t only a girl-approved trend! A skin-tight pair will look super-sexy with a sheer black blouse and a matching bra.
- A glam crop top with a floaty skirt: Give your cropped tank top a dressed up feel with a floaty midi- or max-skirt. Trust me – the minimal sliver of skin will deliver maximum sultriness!
- A sweet dress: That colourful sundress you love can go from day to night in two seconds flat if you throw on a denim jacket and a pair of ankle boots.
- A romantic shirt with stovepipe pants: A floral lingerie-inspired shirt is sexy but not vulgar. Pair the pretty top with stovepipe pants and strappy heels.
- A leather pencil skirt with an airy tank: There’s nothing sexier than a leather (or faux leather) pencil skirt with an airy tank and a pair of chic sandals (the strappier, the better!).
- A bright dress: For a dressier date night, a cocktail dress in a super-flattering shape and colour that complements your skin tone will ensure that both you and your guy know you’re a knockout!
#2: Soak and de-bloat in a detox bath
If you happen to feel bloated, drained or unfit on the day of your date, run a detox bath to banish that undesirable feeling. Simply add two cups of Epsom salt along with half a cup of baking soda and ten drops of lavender essential oil to a tub filled with hot water. Hop in and soak for up to 45 minutes. The magnesium in the Epsom salt will draw toxins and excess fluid from your body, while the baking soda will wash acid waste out of your body and soften your skin, and the lavender essential will eliminate any nervous tension and improve your blood circulation.
#3: Prep your body by exfoliating and shaving
In the bath or shower, exfoliate your skin using exfoliating gloves and a gentle body scrub. The gloves will make it easy to get to every nook of your body. Plus, their texture will rev up your energy and circulation. Remember to exfoliate your hands and feet to get them mani-pedi ready! After exfoliating, use a scented body washed on a loofah to give your skin one last scrub. Now that you’ve removed the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, you’ll be able to get a closer shave. Apply a moisturising shaving cream to your legs and work your way from ankle to thigh with your razor.
#4: Freshen up your face with a homemade face mask
Nothing freshens up skin quite like a homemade yoghurt mask! One of my favourite recipes is a yoghurt, honey and avocado mask. It’s easy to whip up and is supremely moisturising without being pore-clogging. The lactic acid in yoghurt acts as a gentle exfoliant, while the antibacterial activity in honey helps heal dry or chapped skin, and the vitamin C in avocado promotes a bright complexion. All you have to do is mix up half a ripe avocado with a tablespoon of raw honey and two tablespoons of full-fat plain yoghurt. Spread a thick layer onto your clean face and neck, then sit back and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the mask with a warm facecloth and finish with a splash of cool water.
#5: Give your nails a mini mani-pedi
One of the most overlooked steps when it comes to prepping for a date night is grooming your nails. Give yourself a quick nail check to see what you’re working with. If you take pretty good care of your nails, you can simply apply cuticle oil to moisturise and enhance the appearance of your hands and toes. Otherwise, take it a step further by painting your nails with a nail colour that fits your outfit and mood. I usually opt for a pale pink or a nude shade to keep things simple. While you wait for the polish to dry, why not apply some whitening strips to your teeth for sparkling, beautiful pearly whites?
#6: Bronze up with body make-up
If you love looking tanned but simply aren’t tanned or don’t have enough time to apply fake tan (which takes at least eight hours to develop), body make-up is the answer. It’s pretty much a waterproof foundation for your entire body that you can wash off with warm water and soap at the end of the night. I often choose this product over fake tan as it doesn’t streak or come off on your clothes like fake tan does. It also has far less of an odour. Smooth it all over your chest, arms, legs and any other areas of skin that your outfit might expose. Body make-up will give your skin a lovely sun-kissed glow and an even bronzed look in minutes! You can intensify the colour by layering it on.
#7: Style your hair into a romantic down do
For your hair, you can try doing some romantic waves or curls, or you can keep it chic by wearing it straight. If your hair is short or a bob, try a deep side part with side-swept bangs for a sophisticated look. I think we all have certain hairstyles we love to wear and know look fabulous on us! Just be sure to avoid trying anything too fancy or tricky – you don’t want to spend all of your time trying to style your hair or, even worse, walk out the door with crunchy or stiff hair! Seriously – save the harsh up dos for another occasion.
#8: Apply a fresh, dewy face of make-up
Date night make-up should give the look of fresh, radian skin. Start with an illuminating primer and follow with a liquid foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone. The primer will create the perfect base, while the illumination will shine through and give the illusion of glowing skin. Next up, apply a pink-toned blush or a bronzer to the apples of your cheeks. Then, using a brow powder and an angled brush, darken your eyebrows up a shade or two to achieve a polished look (for pro tips on how to wow your brows without looking overdone, go here).
For your eyes, you can choose to go for either a natural or a smokey look. For soft, feminine eyes, simply sweep a subtle eye shadow (a champagne shade works well for light skin tones while a matte brown works well for darker ones) to your eyelid and blend up into your crease. Finish off with a soft brown eye pencil on your top and bottom lash line, and two coats of brown or black mascara.
For sultry, smokey eyes, try a brown- or grey-toned palette. Start with the lightest colour at your lash line, then gradually darken the shade as you move up to your crease. Blend the shadow well using big fluffy blending brush. Finish off your look with black liquid liner rimming your top lashes and two coats of black mascara.
Lastly, exfoliate your lips with a dab of baking soda on a cotton swab to create a soft, smooth canvas. Follow with a nude, soft pink or red lipstick. You can use a hydrating gloss over your lip colour to soften the look of coloured lips if you like.
#9: Fragrance yourself with body lotion and perfume
To create a long-lasting, unforgettable scent, slather on your favourite fragranced body lotion. If you have dry or flaky skin, try using a heavy lotion or a body butter to help minimise the appearance of dryness and give your skin a beautiful, healthy glow. Then, spritz on your signature perfume. Something sweet and fruity is always best in my opinion. Make sure you spray it onto all of your pulse points: Your neck, your décolletage, behind your ears, your wrists and even behind your knees. For a full body experience, you can even spray at your ankles and lightly work your way up. Just be sure not to overdo it!
#10: Put on the finishing touches to your look
You’re almost ready to head out the door! Now, you just need to put on your outfit, touch up your look, and breathe. Make sure everything you’re wearing fits comfortably and looks good, and that your clothes are free of any creases. Check that your hair is in place (you can tame flyaways with a touch of silicone serum or hairspray) and that your make-up looks flawless (running eyeliner or bleeding lipstick isn’t pretty!). Lastly, check your handbag to make sure you have everything you need, such as the lipstick and/or gloss you’re wearing, perfume, eyeliner, blotting papers, eye drops and a nail file.
These tips are sure to help guide you while you’re getting primped and primed for your night ahead! And, remember: Dates are meant to be fun and light-hearted. No matter how it goes, make the best out of the situation and feel good about the fact that you look amazing!