Life can be busy and its easy to get caught up in the tornado of the everyday. But my husband and I always try to set aside time for just the two of us. We simply call them Date Nights, and try to spoil ourselves with them every week or every two weeks. We get ourselves all cleaned up and venture out of our tiny crappy apartment to enjoy a dinner, a movie and each others company without the distractions the technology of our apartment grants us. So last weekend we did just that.
I opted for a bright colorful smokey eye with a subtle lip and big curly hair for our date night.
I thought this make-up looked dramatic enough for a fun evening out, but not so intense as to be mistaken for a Halloween look. What do you think of it??
Here is how I created this look:
- As always, fill in your brows first to help frame the area. I used Mystery eyeshadow by MAC Cosmetics for this.
- Prime your lid and all the way up to your crease. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Make sure you are always using an eyeshadow primer, no matter what type of look you are going for. It provides you long wear time and will help you avoid creasing. Your shadows will also apply more vibrantly and stay true throughout the day/night, without “melting off”. MAC Paint Pots or cream bases will work for this too (NYX’s eye pencil in Milk is one of the most popular).
- Using a flat eye shadow brush, dab Steamy eye shadow by MAC all over your lids. (from the inside of the eye to the outside of the eye). Steamy is a frosty teal shade that glides on very smoothly and vibrantly. Feel free to use any teal shade that you might have at home.
- Using a stiff dome brush use your Satellite Dreams eye shadow (or a similar purple shadow that you might already have) throughout the crease and up onto your brow bone, blending gently up and out.
- Then, using a fluffy crease brush, sweep a touch of black eye shadow at the outside edge of your eye and slightly up through your crease to add depth and intensify the look. I used “Black Tied” eye shadow for this. It is a basic black lustre shadow with silver specks.
- After brushing off all the black, I took that same fluffy brush and took “Brule” which is a very soft nude color close to my natural skin color and swept it around the edges of color in an attempt to soften the lines and a less blocky look.
- To highlight, I used “Phloof!” eye shadow by MAC. It is a frost eye shadow perfect for highlighting your brow bone or the inner corner of your eye. It has very slight pink undertones which makes this less harsh than a straight white frost would be.
- For eye liner I used Master Precise Felt Tip Liquid Liner (available at Ulta in the US and at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada) on my lid. I didn’t apply any on the lower side of my eyes. I wanted to create a softer and more open look and not close off my eyes. Instead I opted for a white waterproof pencil to brighten my waterline. For this, I used Sephora’s 12H Waterproof Crayon Jumbo.
- Finish the look with at least two coats of mascara. I used Clinique’s Lash Doubling Mascara.
- (Optional) Add false eyelashes to your look. I used “Hotties” by Ardell along with the Duo eyelash glue that dries black.
For the rest of this look:
Face > For my under eye concealer I used Erase Paste by benefit in shade No.1. Then, all over I used Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in shade 01 topped with MAC’s Studio Careblend Pressed Powder in shade Light Plus.
Cheeks > a soft pink frost powdered blush from Too Faced’s “Natural Face” palette.
Lips > For my lips I started with Celebutard lipstick from Kat Von D’s Painted Love Lipstick collection. Then, because I wanted a slightly glossier look, I decided to add on Hourglass’s “Child” from their line of Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Glosses.
Hair > Earlier in the day, I put Flexi-Rods (Super Rollers) in my hair and by the time we were ready to go I simply pulled them out and pinned back a small portion from the front. I love that I can get soft, non-crunchy curls without putting my hair through any heated torment.
What colours of eye shadow are you wearing this fall? What products do you turn to for your date nights?
Thanks for reading!
Somewhere in the blur that is the past week, I got married! Hence why my posts completely fell off the face of the Earth. I will get to talking about the wedding soon enough, but for now I have some catching up to do.
People started flying in and the whole week went by in a blur. I’m now back at work and wondering where the time went. No more trips to the airport now, everyone has gone back to their respective homes. Whether that be Calgary, Arizona, North Carolina, Toronto, Kitchener or Bayfield. For the first time in a week, we are able to relax and spend an evening, just the two of us. I plan to wear pajamas all night and do some rewinding – I’ve missed this!
Before the insanity truly began – let me back up to a week and a half ago. James’ groomsmen were throwing a small stag for him, locally, here in Ottawa for the people that weren’t able to attend the Vegas trip. And one of my girlfriends was furious that the men got to go out AGAIN and we were going to be stuck at home. So we decided to get all dolled up and head downtown for some drinking and dancing. For those of you that know me – you know that the drinking comes before the dancing!
By now you should all be able to tell that I love to do a bit of experimenting and try different things from time to time. I like to stretch my comfort zone and push my boundaries…and other people’s boundaries for that matter, as far as they’ll let me anyways. But the latter is not what I will be posting about today.
Yesterday was my work’s annual Christmas party. All the people that you see 260 days out of the year transform into different versions of themselves. They dress up, they spend extra time on their hair and makeup, they hide their glasses and they make their entrance with their other halves in tow. Christmas parties are sort of a weird creature, a little awkward, a little stilted. You make pleasant conversation, you meet some new people. You drink just enough to loosen up, but you are always a little weary of having one too many and being that person that the stories around the office surround until the next big corporate event when someone else has a chance to embarrass themselves.
I am sure lots of people had big plans last night, it was Saturday Night after all. Maybe it was a hot date, maybe a night out with friends, or even just catching a movie…not me, I stayed in and had a night filled with makeup fun. I hope you like the finished product!
With the wedding less than three months away, the questions surrounding hair and makeup are creeping in closer. One thing at a time though – makeup first. I have stayed away from the insanely bright colors and have been experimenting with warmer options that are classic that won’t leave me wondering “What was I thinking!?!?!”
I have a couple looks to start with, and I’m not sure I’ve found “it” yet. But let me know what you think and if you like one better than the other!