There’s nothing quite so exciting as a first date. There’s also nothing quite so terrifying as a first date. You want to look amazing, but you also don’t want to take it too far and end up looking like you crawled straight out of the 80’s. It’s a fine balance, but these first date makeup tips will take the guesswork out of your date night look!

Do Prep Your Face Before Applying

Good makeup doesn’t just start when you pick up your makeup brushes and get to work. For the best artworks, canvasses have to be prepped. The same can be said for your face. If you want a flawless look, you’ll need to put in a little work before you start the actual application process. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, taking care not to agitate your skin. Rinse with cold water, it will help to minimize the look of your pores. Lastly, apply a lightweight moisturizer, if you have combination or dry skin.

Do Disguise Your Blemishes and Imperfections…the Right Way

Acne and under-eye bags wait for no one and nothing. Not even that cute guy from your office on your first date out for drinks. And, while it might be tempting to just smother any pimple that dares show its face with enough concealer to paint a house with, the right technique will be more effective than the “more is better” approach. To counteract redness (from pimples or tired eyes), use a concealer with a green hue. Dab it around the edges of the imperfection, slowly blending it in, until it is fairly concealed. Apply foundation as normal.

Don’t Stop at Your Face

This is another one of important first date makeup tips. Sure, when most people hear the word “makeup”, they automatically associated it with their face. But that’s really limiting the potential of your beauty arsenal! Using makeup elsewhere really helps to bring your entire look together. That doesn’t, however, mean putting bronzer on your kneecaps. Instead, you’ll want to put a little work towards your décolletage and bust area. If you have any imperfections there (freckles or acne, anyone?), you can use a little concealer (like above) to nix that. Or use just a bit of translucent powder to give things an even look. With a little bronzer, you can even add some shadow and curve where there wasn’t any before.

Don’t Leave Greasy

Grabbing a slice of greasy pizza is a great way to end a date. Heading out the door with your skin shiny from grease is not, however, a great way to start one. The vast majority of women will experience greasiness and shine at least sometimes: Both oily and combination skin are particularly susceptible. Your best bet? Using oil blotting papers on the problem areas, both before and after your makeup application. Don’t have any? You can use a coffee filter for the same result, at a fraction of the price! Suddenly oily while you’re out? A toilet seat cover works, too. Isn’t it one of the most creative first date makeup tips?

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