Beauty articles rambling about which makeup looks to try or skip to impress and land a mate should hurry up and fizzle out already. And following suit can be the surveys on what men think of makeup.
Let's be honest, women wear makeup not only for themselves but also for each other. A very small percentage of men will even understand the importance of a strong brow and why I can’t leave the house without it. Women, on the other hand, understand and appreciate facts like that.
I noticed this more when I started dating my partner and became acutely aware of how attractive his exes were. So much so that if we had plans to meet at a party, I spent an indefinite amount of time and effort on my makeup to impress them instead of him. And not in that jealous or insecure way that we’re led to believe women feel around one another. More in a “her cat-eye is not of this world and I want to know more” way. Which is normal, right?
So instead of writing about impressing a guy on a date, I’d rather give you three looks inspired by those beautiful ladies that made me bring my A-game.
There are two things that help me feel confident and sexy before walking out the door--makeup and Beyoncé. Thus, I call this my "Partition" look. The bold eyes and lips say, “It took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up and you’re lucky I’m even in this club right now.”
After moisturizing, I dab Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer on and let it absorb for a few minutes. To conceal under-eye circles I apply YSL Touché Éclat in a V-shape. (Shout-out to Sable for teaching me that)
While the primer absorbs, I move onto my eyebrows. Using Tarte Amazonian Clay Brow Mousse, I line the edges of each brow, starting at the inner corners and extending outward, and blend in any sparse areas with the included brush. To clean up and add more definition, I swipe concealer below and above each brow.
Along my cheeks, forehead, and nose I apply foundation to even out complexion.
After working liquid bronzer along my hairline, jawline, and below my cheekbones, I blot Stila Convertible Color in Camellia, a warm peach, onto my cheeks with my index and middle fingers. I further smooth the formula in by using a beautyblender.
I then sweep Half Baked, a golden bronze from the Urban Decay Naked2 palette, across each lid and dot Verve, a shimmery oyster, into the inner corners. As for a shadow in the outer edges/crease, I use a combination of Snakebite, a medium brown, and Busted, a deep, shimmery brown. Then I line both bottom and upper lid with a black pencil, extending outward to create a soft cat-eye.
Next I apply Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Sultry and finish it off with mascara.
For lips I mix Revlon Sultry Sable and Too Faced Melted Berry together. The latter adds shine and durability while the former provides dimension and oomph.
And now I’m ready to attend my coven meeting.
This is a less serious and more playful look. I’m a fan of how understated the tangerine shadow is when eyes are open. But then BAM: you glance down and it hits you like XO.
After repeating steps one to three (including liquid bronzer) from the previous tutorial, I apply Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Coral Sheen with the beautyblender along my cheekbones up toward my temple.
For a dewy complexion, I blot a radiant highlighter above my cheekbones, temples, along the middle of my nose, and lightly in the center of my upper lip.
After priming my eyes I sweep Ardency Inn Modster Enriched Pigment in Tangerine, a matte yellow/orange, over my lids. Then I tightline my upper lid using Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner and apply the same false eyelashes as previously mentioned.
**Not Pictured: I decided to go back in and add a medium brown eye shadow to the outer corner/creases of my lids to create more depth.
But then again, you may want to appear fresh faced. Something that says, “Oh, I woke up like this from a really great nap.” I call it "Flawless," featuring eight different products, since no such pore-correcting sleep actually exists outside of a Beyoncé music video.
After completing the same three steps for my complexion (using Stila Convertible Color and paying more attention to highlighting), I prime and sweep a rosy copper from Wet N Wild’s Icon Collection Eyeshadow Set across my lids. I then blend a medium-dark golden brown into the crease/outer edges, tightline my upper lids, and finish the whole shebang off with Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Flirty.
Nothing says natural better than a bold lip, so I reach for my NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. This color is the equivalent of wearing lingerie while eating a bowl of profiteroles--sexy but comfortable.
Do you step it up when you know you're going to be running into your partner's ex?