The hours leading up to a first date are nerve-wracking, to say the least. The need to impress, the anticipation of romance, the excitement of meeting someone new, the butterflies - they’re all normal responses, and it’s only human to start obsessing over the little details. While you may end up picking out the perfect outfit and wearing just the right shoes, your makeup can make or break that ‘perfect’ vibe. But, it’s important to understand that there is no right or wrong when it comes to makeup. It's important to ‘be yourself’, whatever that means to you. Bold, striking, subtle or nude, the right makeup should make you feel comfortable, and confident, without trying too hard.
So, if flirty, feminine, and romantic is something that appeals to you, this makeup look inspired by roses and romance will have your heart. It’s perfect for a coffee date and even for dinner and drinks.
Here’s a quick tutorial in perfecting the romantic makeup look courtesy celebrity makeup artist, Anu Kaushik!
Pluck and Prime
“I recommend that you schedule your salon appointments a day or two prior to the big date. That way, any redness or irritation you might have experienced because of salon treatments would have subsided by date night” says Anu. If you spot a few stray hairs on your upper lips or eyebrows, use a tweezer and pluck them before you start your makeup. Apply the Lakmé Absolute Skin Gloss Gel Creme to hydrate your skin, wait 5 minutes and then apply the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer. A combination of the moisturiser and primer will ensure that your makeup looks great, and stays in place all night.
Conceal and Correct
Use the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Liquid Concealer to cover, and conceal, any dark circles, blemishes, redness or discolourations on your skin. “The key is to apply just enough to make it seem like you’re not wearing any makeup” adds Anu. If your skin needs a little more coverage, apply the Lakmé Absolute Skin Natural Hydrating Mousse, which will mimic the look of bare skin. If you have oily skin, minimize shine by dusting a small amount of the Lakmé 9to5 Naturale Finishing Powder all over your face and keep it in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups!
Blush and Contour
It’s time to add some colour to your skin. The trick to looking natural is to remember that less is more. Anu says, “My favourite makeup trick till date is to apply blush before foundation! Apply a generous amount of cream blush to your cheeks and then apply your foundation. This way, your cheeks have the most natural flush of colour and it will look like you’re blushing from the inside.” Don’t go overboard with the blush and contour, pick one of the two. If you decide to use a blush, apply the same colour to your lips, eyes, and cheeks for a monotone makeup look.
Use the Kareena Kapoor Khan Lakmé Absolute Cheek Contour in Pink Lady to add a natural, healthy-looking flush of colour to your cheeks. To contour, use the Kareena Kapoor Khan Lakmé Absolute Face Contour in a shade that’s slightly darker than your complexion.
To minimize the clutter in your makeup bag, use a multi-tasking product like the Lakmé 9to5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Colour in Candy Floss on your lips, eyes, and cheeks for a beautiful pink glow.
Flutter and Flirt
To complete your date night makeup look, fluttery lashes and pillowy lips are a must. Add a few coats of a volumizing mascara like the Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Volumizing Mascara in Black. Anu recommends that you “dab the tiniest amount of lip gloss on the centre of your lips to make your lips look plump and plush”. Go on, get ready to wow him!