Oh, how I love any excuse to get gussied up for a romantic night out with my husband—the preparation is my time to indulge and pamper myself.
To set the mood, I like to go with a makeup look that is striking and sultry and enhances my favorite features: this date night I chose my eyes and lips. It’s often taught that we choose to go for a bold eye o r l ip when the occasion demands added drama, but I’m the kind of girl who likes to have it all (and never one to follow the rules). You too? Then read on for my tips to a smoldering copper eye and wine-colored lip for a night out with your love.
First, line your eyes top and bottom with a shimmery pencil, I love Appia by NARS. I line them as close as I can to the lash line. You can use your ring finger to smudge gently, or a shadow brush like Tom Ford’s eye contour brush. It’s thick and the bristles are short, giving you more control while smudging. When you’re doing this remember to smudge until the liner looks blended. You want to create a base for the next step.
Next, apply a shadow that matches your liner to create a super sexy, diffused eye look. Using Charlotte Tilbury’s luxury palette in The Dolce Vita, take the copper color (top right, “Enhance”) and cover the back of the eyelids, start from your lash line, blending upwards towards the crease line. Then, take the brown shade (bottom right, “Smoke”) and softly blend into the crease to add depth. I use the MAC brush 221 Mini Tapered Blending brush for my creases. The small shape works great for my almond shape eyes. For some extra “eye jewelry” use your finger to dab the glitter shadow (bottom left, “Pop”) onto the center of the lid. I like adding this only to the center to make the eyes pop.
Finally, curl your lashes and add two coats of mascara to each eye (and then one coat on the bottom lashes). Currently I’m loving the Legendary Lashes mascara by Charlotte Tilbury.
Keep them soft and subtle. Forget contour, but do add a little highlight to your cheekbones. The RMS Master Mixer offers a warm, glowing effect that pairs perfectly with Charlotte Tilbury’s First Love blush swept lightly across the apples of the cheeks- blending upward and out toward your ear. I love this color because it is so subtle.
(Fun fact: It’s the same blush I wore on my wedding day.)
Go bold and don’t look back. Start by lining the lips with a liner that matches your lipstick. My picks? Charlotte Tilbury’s Love Liberty Lipstick and Hollywood Honey liner. Using a lip liner is key when applying a bold color to better shape the lips and to create a barrier so that the lipstick doesn’t step out of line. You can also fill the entire lips with the liner and add a coat of the lipstick, the color will last longer.
Spritz on your signature fragrance! No matter how many I try, I always come back to Chanel No.5.
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What’s your favorite fragrance for a night out? xx