Beauty & Confidence: Beauty & Makeup Tips
Pretty Summer Date Night Looks
By Kara Solarz for Beauty & Confidence
After a long winter, itâ€™s time to come out of hibernation. Summer is the perfect excuse for a date night. Whether youâ€™re planning on outdoor cocktails or a backyard barbecue, you can look fresh-faced, sun-kissed and on-trend in a breeze. Celebrity makeup artist Amanda Shackleton shares her favorite beauty looks for an evening on the town in this easy-to-follow guide.
1. Go (nearly) bare.
Ditch the heavy, dark colors along with your thick sweaters, and think light. To get an instant healthy glow, Shackleton suggests applying a shimmer powder to the raised areas of your face, such as your cheekbones, brows and temples. (Steer clear of your T-zone, which can create an oily appearance.) Finish off with a swipe of waterproof mascara, and youâ€™re ready to wow.
2. Get cheeky.
If thereâ€™s one feature you should focus on this summer, itâ€™s your cheeks. To achieve a pretty pop of color without baking in the sun, use a Puffs facial tissue to blend in cream blush on the apples of your cheeks. Bonus: You can use a dab of this multitasking product on your lips too.
3. Celebrate your skin.
Summer is for eating lobster, not looking like one. To steer clear of a ruddy complexion, be vigilant about wearing sunscreen every time you step out. Shackleton suggests trying a sunscreen powder, which goes on like a face powder and feels lighter than greasy lotions. For a gorgeous glimmer without baking in the sun, try rubbing coconut oil on your legs, chest and arms. Youâ€™ll get a healthy shine while smelling like a tropical vacation.
4. Donâ€™t sweat it.
Donâ€™t want to bother meticulously applying makeup if youâ€™re just going to â€œglistenâ€ it all away? Shackleton swears by waterproof, silicone-based foundations, which stay perfectly intact beneath your facial powder. For eyes? In addition to waterproof mascara, try a gel eyeliner. â€œUnlike pencils, they wonâ€™t smudge at all — even if you go swimming!â€ says Shackleton.
5. Say bye-bye to black.
Chances are, dark colors will be pushed to the back of your closet for the next few months, so why shouldnâ€™t the same go for your makeup? One of Shackletonâ€™s favorite trends from the â€™80s, colorful mascara, is back. â€œThankfully, itâ€™s a little more muted this time around,â€ she says. Trade in your usual black lashes for a subtle pop of dark blue or purple.
Kara Solarz is a web editor, copywriter, and avid but inflexible yogi whoâ€™s written for WhatToExpect.com, DailyGlow.com,Â CompletelyYou.com and ChaosÂ magazine. She frequently contributes to Beauty & Confidence