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7 First Date Makeup Dos and Don'ts to Remember ...

By Heather

If you’re going on a first date, chances are you’re super nervous and might could use a few first date makeup tips to help you out. Going on a date is fun, exciting and should be a fun experience for you. Yes, you’ll have the jitters, but that’s totally normal. First impressions count, so to be sure you get your makeup right, let me give you a few pointers in this department. I used to work for Estee Lauder and was a makeup stylist for a modeling company once, and I learned I was making many of the mistakes myself! Check out these first date makeup tips and next time you get all dolled up for your date, you can be sure your makeup is perfect for your special night!

1 Don't Go Heavy on the Eye Shadow

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If you love your eye shadow like I love mine, then pick a light matte that matches your outfit. Light makeup is essential on a first date. Eye shadow may make your eyes pop, but just like the cat eyes, wait for another night that is NOT the first date.

1 Don’t Wear Red Lipstick

Don’t Wear Red LipstickOne of the most important first date makeup tips is often one you might not think of as a big deal, but it totally is! Red lipstick signifies bold, sexy and classy. Not a bad thing, right? Well, not necessarily, but it can be a little overbearing for a first date. During your first date, you don’t want to come off looking like you’re trying too hard, and red sort of makes a bold impression that can be seen that way. Plus, it doesn’t look great on everyone in certain shades. When you choose red lipstick, it needs to exactly the right color for you, and is best worn into the office or a special event instead of a first date where you want to appear as soft and feminine as possible.

2 Don’t Wear Too Much Blush

Don’t Wear Too Much BlushAnother big no-no is wearing too much blush. It can be easy to go overboard with blush, but instead, keep it light and soft. Choose a peachy color which looks less dramatic, but still super feminine. Remember, guys like soft, not harsh, looking makeup so keep your blush just on the apples of your cheeks, and don’t put too much on. A few dabs will do ya!

3 Do Keep Your Pout Soft

Do Keep Your Pout SoftWhile you shouldn’t wear lipstick, you should be sure to put something pretty on your pout (aka your lips). Wear a softer shade of lipstick or preferably gloss, which looks more casual and feminine than bolder and dry lipstick shades do. Peachy and soft pinks usually work well, as do light mauve or champagne colored glosses that enhance your natural lip color. Clear also works well for a super natural touch.

4 Do Check Your Teeth Please

Do Check Your Teeth PleaseWhen wearing lipstick, it is very important to check your teeth throughout the night to make sure you don’t have any on your teeth. Nobody wants to get home or go to the restroom, look in the mirror and see they’ve had lipstick on their teeth all night! What a dating disaster!

5 Do Magnify Your Lashes

Do Magnify Your LashesOne area that is safe to go heavy on is mascara. Be sure you pick one that doesn’t clump or look unnatural, but feel free to wear 2-3 coats to make your eyes pop. Also be sure to pick one that doesn’t flake, which can be tricky, but can also be done. I prefer natural based mascaras which don’t irritate my eyes, such as brands like Ecco Bella. Guys like girls with pretty eyes, so adding a few coats of high quality mascara is definitely something you don’t want to skip.

6 Do Watch the Eyeliner

Do Watch the EyelinerI love my black eyeliner and wear it daily, but I also know not to overdo it. Be sure when you’re on a date that you don’t go too dramatic with your eyeliner. It can take away from your natural beauty and your pretty peepers! One easy way to do this is to use a pencil instead of liquid, and use it lightly. You can save your cat eyes design for another night and on a first date, just keep it simple.

7 Do Pick a Good Powder

Do Pick a Good PowderWe don’t want you getting oily on your date night, so be sure to keep a quality powder in your purse. Don’t feel the need to put it on every time you check your face, but do carry it with you just in case! Depending on the atmosphere, your face may dry out or get sweaty, so carry some tissues with you to blot your face with. Also, go easy on the powder, since if you go too heavy, it can create the look of fine lines and make you look overdone. Pick a high quality powder that sets in well with your skin tones so that it looks natural. I like Physicians Formula BB powder, which goes on like silk and doesn't look too dry. I never ever have to reapply it either, since it keeps me looking fresh all day and night.

Going on a first date can be stressful, and the last thing you need to stress over is your makeup. Keep these simple 7 tips in mind and be sure to share any you have with me! Have you ever made a makeup mistake on a date, or have a tip to share of your own?

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