While you may have your makeup routine down pat for the office or a day with the girls, makeup for a date can be a grey area because each time you go out, you may be doing something different. The key to acing your makeup look for date night, is staying true to your usual aesthetic while also keeping it appropriate for the venue. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, here is some inspiration from Korean celebrities Chae Soo Bin, CL and Kim Yoo Jung for every occasion.
Date night plans: A night at the movies
Chae Soo Bin’s no-makeup makeup look is perfect for a night at the movies. You want to look good, but not like you spent too much time getting ready. Opt for a cushion foundation that gives you medium coverage to disguise any blemishes. Subtly defining your eyes with deep brown liner both on the upper and lower lash line and grooming and filling in your brows will anchor the look. Keep your lipstick neutral and finish with your favourite mascara.
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Date night plans: Dinner at your favourite restaurant
A soft, glowing look like Kim Yoo Jung’s is perfect for dinner at a dimly-lit restaurant. Highlighter will give you a lit-from-within look, playing up your best features. Tap highlighter on to the high points of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and under the lower lash line. Curling your lashes before applying mascara will give you that wide-eyed look – perfect for a romantic date. Finally, swipe on a bright lip stain and you won’t have to worry about a touch up through dinner.
Image: Kim Yoo Jung's Instagram
Date night plans: Concert/Festivals
Take inspiration from CL, and start by smudging a soft kohl liner into the upper and lower lash line. Using a black eyeshadow, blend it upward and outward; same below. Using a deep brown shadow, buff the edges so there are no harsh lines. Go over it with eyeliner to emphasise the eye and don’t forget to add mascara or false eyelashes. Fill in your brows and balance the dramatic eye makeup with a neutral lip and a velvet-matte base.
Image: CL's Instagram