The Date Night Make-up Tips Every Woman Should Know

When it comes to date night, every woman should have some go-to beauty tips up her sleeve. You are in luck, as I have picked up a few navigating the awkward jungle of singledom. I mean, we’ve all been there. You arrive, you’re perfectly preened – it’s been a test of patience and practice, emotions are heightened. Whether it be lipstick on your teeth, a bold eyeliner blot or an eyebrow pencil that has gone rogue, there is always one date night beauty mistake to be made, and there is always a way to prevent it.
Here, I have formed a list of my date night beauty tips. Each of these babies have saved me from the most common make-up mishaps on a date. You’re welcome!
Invest in a good lip liner
There is nothing worse than flashing your gloriously prepared coy-but-sexy first date smile and realizing there is lipstick all over your teeth. After applying your lipstick (no matter the shade) wrap a tissue around your finger and pop it in your mouth. Purse your lips then pull your finger out. Voila!
Use a spoolie to style your brows
Trust me, it happens to the best of us. You venture into the light of day and realize your eyebrows are too dark. The answer? Be sure to color your brows, but do so only in the areas that are sparse. When you are lining your eyebrows, whether you are drawing them on, shading them in, or brushing them about – always use a spoolie before and after! Even when plucking, brush a spoolie through your brows beforehand to get the perfect shape.
Utilize white eyeliner
Just last week I was on a date, and after two or three cocktails, I ventured to the bathroom to be greeted with unwelcome panda eyes. Lesson learnt? Don’t go overboard on the smoky eye. Everyone knows a smoky eye is sexy, but most men prefer less eye make-up on a date. Stick to a light bronze or brown eye shadow, and use a white liner on your waterline and in the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes look naturally bigger.
Hand draw your winged-eye
A universal beauty mishap, a rushed winged-eye can turn into a blotchy nightmare. Prevent any rogue flicks by drawing your winged-eye in its desired triangle shape before you color it in.
Add saline solution to mascara
Mascara’s run out mid-bathroom beauty break? Not ideal. To help it stay moist and last-longer, add a little bit of saline solution to revive it. Always keep in mind, you are only supposed to keep the same mascara for three months, as it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections (now that would not be pretty).
Heat your eyelash curler
Every girl wants the ultimate curled lashes. Heat up your eyelash curler with your blowdryer to curl your lashes more easily and help them last longer. Wait until it cools slightly but is still warm, as you don’t want to burn your eyelid!
Don’t just bronze your cheeks
Summer has just arrived, and none of us have our desired tan yet. You definitely don’t want to venture into the natural light and scare off your beau if you only have bronzed cheeks and everywhere else is moonlight pasty. If you want your summer glow to look real, be sure to apply bronzer lightly to your cheeks, neck and décolletage to even out your skin tone. When applying blush, smile and then start your blush on the apple of the cheek. Blend the blush back towards the top of the ear.
Match your clothes to your color
When it is time to get creative with color cosmetics, the key is pairing a bright shade with a neutral outfit. When opting for colorful make-up, let it do all the talking and leave the bright clothes at home. If you are looking for a strong, wet-look finish when applying colored eye shadow, be sure to dampen your brush beforehand to create the desired effect.
Do you have any go-to date night tips? Would you do any of these things before a date?

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8 Make-Up Tips Every Woman Should Know

When it comes to date night, every woman should have some go-to beauty tips up their sleeve.
Here is a list of eight little tips that I have come up with over my dating years, tailored specifically for singles ready to mingle.
Use a spoolie to style your brows
When you are lining your eyebrows, whether you are drawing them on, shading them in, or brushing them about – always use a spoolie before and after! Even when plucking, brush a spoolie through your brows to get the perfect shape.
Utilize white eyeliner
Use a white liner on your waterline and in the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes look naturally wider and fresh.
Hand draw your cat-eye
Draw your cat-eye in a triangle before you color it in to gain your desired shape without any rogue flicks.
Add saline solution to mascara
To help it stay moist and last-longer, add a little bit of saline solution to revive your mascara and keep it long-lasting.
Tip: You are only supposed to keep the same mascara for three months, as it can collect bacteria and lead to eye infections.
Heat your eyelash curler
Heat up your eyelash curler with your blowdryer to curl your lashes more easily and help them last longer. Wait until it cools slightly but is still warm, as you don’t want to burn your eyelid!
Don’t just bronze your cheeks
If you want your bronzer to look real, be sure to apply it lightly to your cheeks, neck and décolletage to even out your skin tone.
Smile and blush
When applying blush, smile and then start your blush on the apple of the cheek. Blend the blush back towards the top of the ear.
Dampen your brush
If you are looking for a strong, wet-look finish when applying shadow, be sure to dampen your brush beforehand to create the desired effect.
Do you have any go-to date night tips? Would you do any of these things before a date?

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A love look for each weather woe

There is nothing more devastating than looking out the window the morning before a date, and seeing shitty weather. Even worse, you have been refreshing your iPhone forecast all week assured some sort of karmic retribution is steered your way, and it is STILL shitty weather.
Unfortunately, there is no instant solution. The only way to cater to said shitty weather is to be prepared. Here, I have collated a list of weather woes and how to make sure they don’t ruin your perfect look.
RAIN
An obvious nightmare, rain can ruin EVERYTHING.

Beauty
For hair, you need to make sure that you serum and spray it to an inch of its life! If you are prone to the boof when humidity hits like I am, the key is to wear it up or bring a LARGE brolly for over-hair issues. I would tend to wear it up and then transfer it to a half-up / half-down ‘do before I saw my man.Make-up wise, stick to neutral shades that won’t run all over your beautifully preened face – stay away from the smokey eye, and hold on to the waterproof mascara for dear life! Be sure to apply a make-up setting spray after applying.
Fashion
This all depends on the utilisation of fake tan. If you are a tan-lover (especially in the cold seasons) like me, then you need to steer clear of all things leg-baring, as no one wants to date the girl with orange running down her knees.
Make sure you wear shoes that won’t slip on wet surfaces, like a wedge heel or flats, and keep a light scarf tucked away just in case you are going from one place to another but don’t want to seem like a crazy lady with an umbrella if it is a light drizzle, (trust me, your hair and I understand where you are coming from).
HUMIDITY
Sweaty, lifeless hair and make-up does not make for a dreamy date. Especially if you are B-O’ing up in his grill, your upper lip is schvitzing and you have serious clam hand.

BeautyTo humidity-proof your make-up look against the sticky weather, stick to an oil-free primer that will mattify the skin, ensuring no break-outs or disappearance of foundation the minute you leave the door.
Speaking of foundation, give that a miss and stick to a matte powder in the hot weather (at least temporarily) for a natural look that won’t clog your pores, even when mixed with sweat and oil.
Eyebrow mousse won’t smudge and will keep you looking fresh, while smudge and waterproof mascara is the way to go.
If you want a pop of color without a heavy lipstick or gloss, opt for a lip stain that is lightweight and long-lasting on your lips (talk about kissable).
Frizzy hair? Apply a 1 dollar coin-sized amount of serum lightly through your strands and run your fingers through. For dreaded fly-aways, stick to a strong hairspray.
FashionWhen it is ridiculously warm, you want to stick to light, airy outfits on a date. Opt for a floaty dress, a loose playsuit or an off-shoulder billowy top (my personal go-to).
To prevent body odour, you need to choose an outfit that will let your skin breathe and keep you cool no matter the situation.
Stick to a fresh, original-scented deodorant to prevent that deo-smell, and apply moisturiser to your legs and arms before you leave the house, giving your skin something to soak in other than humid air!
WIND
When the wind is at full-force, eyes tear up, skin dries out and hair is unrecognizable.

BeautyThe key to keeping the skin wind-proof through gale force hell is to moisturize and prime while applying make-up. Mix moisturizer and foundation before applying, or use a BB cream instead. This will keep your skin glowing and fresh, no matter the bone-shaking wind. Tear-proof your eye make-up with waterproof mascara, and use eyeliner and shadow on upper lids only to reduce make-up migrating down south. Don’t forget blush to wake up your complexion and be sure to pocket a chapstick to prevent lips drying out.
Tackle tangled hair by applying serum to the bottom half of your locks to give it some slip, then work it through softly up to the roots. A fishtail braid, ponytail or loose bun is key in the wind, any style that keeps your hair up and out of your face!
Fashion
This is an obvious lesson, that we have all learnt time and time again: Steer clear of flowing dresses or skirts that have the ability to blow up (a lot of strangers have seen my bum, and not in a cute Marilyn Monroe way, in a ‘mother nature has scarred me for life‘ kind of way). A little trick, especially if you are going on a date, is to wear a bag with a long shoulder strap that wraps around your body. This will prevent unwanted skirt lifting and hug your figure. All in all, the key is a fitted dress, skirt or pant.
Do you have any weather beauty and fashion tips? What is your go-to nasty weather look?

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When Is The Best Time To Ask For A Second Date?

We teamed up with Bowlmor to bring you a guide on how to be confident and impress on a first date. Whether you are going bowling, for ice cream, or just a drink, you will be at your best.
First thing, you need to ace the first-date. Once that is accomplished, remember the importance of the follow-up to score the second. Don’t be the Romeo that asks for the second date during the first – that is a big no no. Scoring the second date is pretty simple if you stick to the below advice.
Timing is everything
Whatever you do, don’t be needy and get in contact half an hour after you leave each other. As a rule of thumb, get in touch the next day at at least 11am. Keep in mind that when I say get in touch I do not mean text, call, poke, like, and comment on every form of social media imaginable. Choose one form of communication, and stick to it. I dated a guy for a little while who proceeded to continuously plan dates on all different forms of social media, until I was a crazy-lady checking all applications at least ten times a day waiting for him to comment on a restaurant’s Instagram post of their daily dim sum. Once again, a big no no.
What to say
When it comes to composing the said contact, leave the ‘too cool‘ attitude behind you, you wont do yourself any favors. Having said that, it is one thing to say, “I had a great time and would like to see you again”, and quite another to say, “I had an amazing amazing night and would really really like to see you again as soon as you are free”. Be honest and open, but please refrain from going over the top.
Stick to the rules
Most people know the rules. If they want to see you again, they will initiate contact. Keep in mind that they may be waiting to hear from you to initiate said contact (it really is an emotionally-heightened stalemate period), in which you should send a light, honest text saying you had a great time and would like to see them again when they are free. Don’t overthink it.
If you don’t hear anything back
Ideally, the two of you have already had such a good time that you both know you will go out again. I hate to get all He’s Just Not That Into You on you, but if you don’t hear from the person and it has been at least a week, they are just not that into you. Stick to your guns and move on, there are plenty more profiles to swipe!

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