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Just Landed: Barry M’s spring makeup collection

Barry M always amazes us with its larger-than-life colour collection. And to get us prepared for summer (beaches, festivals, picnics, holidays – you name it, if the sun’s out, we’ll be there), the beauty brand's new launches are upping the amp on everything high shine. Get ready to glow, ladies!

The SS18 collection brings tons of delicious new things to the dressing table, and we're not sure whether we want to snack on them or smother ourselves in them. Barry M Lip Scrub in Mango and Ready Set Smooth Powder in Banana, anyone?

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But most of all, it's the super-lustrous new additions that already have us addicted. Take the Holographic Lip Toppers, for example. Swipe the iridescent liquid over lips on its own to catch the light whichever way you turn (Instagram won't know what's hit it), or coat the non-stick gloss over your go-to lip paint to add a wow finish to your usual look. Us? We've fallen for the pearly Wizard shade.

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Get the mermaid look

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EYES: For ocean eyes, team work really does make the dream work when you bring together new Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadows with the Holographic Eye Toppers. Adam advises, ‘For all-night-long mermaid eyes, apply Barry M Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow in Blissful – not forgetting to enclose your tear duct – and layer the Holographic Eyeshadow Topper in Supernova on top for a super-smoky, rainbow effect.’

For an extra pop, dust the Crushed Jewel Cream Eyeshadow in Stardust under eyes, too.

LIPS: You know that lipstick that turns heads whenever you wear it? Well, it's about to be its most daring when you add Barry M Holographic Lip Topper. Adam recommends the Mermaid shade for the Ariel-esque look.

NAILS: With four amazing new sea-worthy shades in the new Barry M nail polish range the only hard part here will be making your choice. But if you've taken Adam's advice so far, trial his preferred polish Butterfly Fish to finish the look.

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Junior Beauty Writer Mollie Hammond tells you how to pick the perfect scent for her

If you get a bit frazzled by fragrance, you’re not alone. Most of us have no idea what we’re doing and make a one-spritz decision. Well, DARE’s Junior Beauty Writer is here to talk you through the ins ’n’ outs of perfume picking and tell you about two of her fave scents. So whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone special, you’ll know exactly what you need to do – just in time for Valentine’s Day…

Scent styles

When choosing a perfume, it’s important you know what kind of scent you’re looking for. Confused? Let us elaborate…

Fresh: These are the kinds of scents that wake you up in the morning. Think zingy citrus and invigorating herbal notes such as orange, lime and mint.

Floral: Now these scents are just about as feminine as you get. With pretty floral notes, such as rose and jasmine, they’re perfect for gals who like a sweet-smelling fragrance.

Woody: These scents are a deeper, earthier option – perfect for date night *wink wink*.

Oriental: These are the spicy scents, so if you like the warming smells of cinnamon and vanilla, for instance, this is the scent style for you.

Not sure on notes

What in the name of Nora are notes when they’re at home? Perfume professionals talk about scent as if it’s sheet music, and it can be a bit baffling. But it’s all about what happens to scent as it dries on your skin.

Top notes: These are what you smell when you first spray the perfume. And although first impressions are important, top notes evaporate quickly (usually after about five minutes), so let the scent linger a little before you make a decision.

Heart notes: These are the smells that come through after the top notes have evaporated, and they combine with the base notes to give the overall impression of the scent.

Base notes: These are usually heavier scents, like sandalwood and patchouli. They don’t develop until about an hour after the first spritz and linger longest on the skin.

Eau de what?

All we mean when we talk about scent concentration is the strength of the perfume. Put simply, the higher the concentration, the stronger the scent and the higher the price…

Eau de toilette: This kind of scent contains the lowest concentration of perfume oil, so it’s a subtle smell and shorter lasting. It is also the cheapest in the range.

Eau de parfum: If you can afford to splurge a bit more, eau de parfum has a higher concentration of perfume oil, which makes the scent a little bolder.

Parfum: This is the strongest kind of scent and also the most expensive.

Mollie’s date-night perfume picks for her

If you’re still stuck for scent inspo, Mol’s got you covered. Here are her top two picks for date night…

Paco Rabanne Olympea

If you’re all about sweet scents, this is the one for you. It’s super-floral and fruity – the ultimate feminine fragrance.

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Carolina Herrera Good Girl

Looking for something a bit sexier? Carolina Herrera Good Girl is what you need in your life – and it’s perfect for date night!

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Just Landed: Revlon lip launches

Attention all lippy lovers – Revlon has extended two of its most popular lip lines and, needless to say, absolutely smashed it! When the Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors were launched, we fell head over heels for the velvety, weightless formula *swoons*. Now imagine that same formula in six new metallic – yes, METALLIC – matte shades. As if that wasn’t enough, Revlon has also added a tempting trio to its iconic Super Lustrous lipsticks, which everyone needs in their makeup bag for Val’s Day. This is not a drill, people – get excited!

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Revlon Ultra HD Metallic Matte Lipcolor

Our fave liquid lippy has had a metallic makeover, and we’re going mad for it. The six stunning new shades are lightweight and moisturising, making them super-comfortable to wear – just what we like to hear! Think full-blown metallic isn’t your thing? This is a really versatile lip product. Its formula is buildable, so you can opt for a sheer, pearlescent pout or go all out and layer up for a vivid metallic finish… the possibilities are almost endless.

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

If Marilyn Monroe was a lipstick, she’d defs be this one. The Revlon Super Lustrous range is a classic in the beauty game. When new shades are released, we just know they’re gonna be gorge, and Revlon hasn’t disappointed with this new tempting trio of colours… just in time for Val’s Day! Bare Affair, a pretty pinky-nude shade, is for those of you who like a subtle look, while Naughty Plum, a marvellous muted purple, is perfect for those who prefer their pout to be bold. Finally, Bombshell Red is exactly what it says on the tube – a timeless blue-toned red. Win, win and win!

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How To Use a Contour Stick

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Baking. Strobing. Tantouring. To the well-educated beauty lover, the world of contouring knows no bounds. But, for those that sit on the other side of the fence (aka not a vlogger/MUA/makeup addict) then it can seem a little overwhelming. What you need is a two-in-one product that can have you looking more chiselled than Kylie Jenner but without the need for a full-on glam squad. Say hello to the contour stick. Your new bestie. And here’s exactly how to use it…

Your new glam squad:

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Step 1 – Define with the dark contour shade

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Before you even take the lid off your contour stick, apply an even base of your usual foundation. You don't want this to be heavy or cakey.

Every double-ended contour stick has one end that’s for highlighting with (the lighter end) and one end for shading (the darker end). So, starting with the darker end draw along the hollows of your cheeks, trace the temples, the jawline and the sides of your nose.    

Step 2 – Highlight with the lighter contour shade

Woman using light contour on face

Flip your contour stick upside down and now use the lighter cream contour to draw lines along the centre of the face.

Focus on the forehead, down the centre of the nose, Cupid’s bow, chin area, under the eyes and along the cheekbones.

Step 3 – Blend away

Woman blending contour

Using a damp blending sponge (for the best results soak the sponge until it is fully saturated and give a squeeze before using) begin blending the darker colour. Use small circular motions for a more natural finish and use the larger, rounded end for most of the bigger areas and switch to the pointy tip for precision areas (like the nose).

Once all the darker shading is blended, then blend out the lighter shade. It’s better to do this bit-by-bit so you can build up the coverage slowly.

Step 4 – The finishing touches

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If you want a natural-looking matte finish then stop at step 3.

But for a more picture-perfect finish use a shimmering highlighter stick to add extra definition. The best places to apply this is along the cheekbones, nose, under the brow arch, inner corners of the eyes and Cupid’s bow. Don’t forget to blend using a flat contour brush or your trusty blending sponge.   

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Hair loss and what you can do about it

Male Grooming Tips

It’s one of most men’s biggest fears, and very few are lucky enough to escape it totally. Thinning, receding, balding… whatever you call it, hair loss will affect most men as they get older.

HAIR LOSS

Find out what’s causing it

Now this is a tough pill to swallow but if it’s genetic, there’s no magical cure to turn it around completely. Most cases are genetic. You only need to look at your grandparents, who will bear it out. And look at grandparents on both sides – it’s an old wives’ tale that it’s just on your mum’s side. However, if your dad and grandparents have/had full heads of hair and you’re still experiencing a loss, it’s worth a visit to your GP to check for an underlying condition.

What really works?

There are only two proven treatments for male pattern baldness, minoxidil and finasteride (you might have heard of them as brand names  Regaine or Propecia). Both of these can slow down loss. Discuss what’s best for you with your GP (finasteride is prescription only), or use the Superdrug Online Doctor service at https://onlinedoctor.superdrug.com/hair-loss-treatment.html.

Talk to your hairdresser

If you’re receding in a certain way or thinning in a particular area, your hairdresser will be able to recommend some clever styling or layers that will help disguise it. Don’t panic – we’re not suggesting a Donald Trump comb-over!

Use colour

Products designed to cover up growing-out roots temporarily can be useful to disguise thinning hair. Brush or spray in affected areas, then style as usual for the appearance of thicker, denser hair.

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Try supplements

Healthy hair growth needs certain nutrients, so give yourself the best chance by taking a hair-growth-specific supplement.

Be gentle on your hair

Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel after a shower might be a quick way to dry it, but it also encourages breakage, which will highlight thinning. Gently pat dry instead.

Grow bald gracefully

Once you’ve lost a significant amount of hair, it’s time to think about the best way to transition to being bald. The good news is that it can be done with style. As a general rule, short is better, so choose close crops or buzz cuts, which will look cool – and the bonus is that short hair always looks thicker.

Seek celeb inspo

Think of all the hot bald or balding men… Jason Statham (other half of supermodel Rosie H-W), Vin Diesel, Woody Harrelson, Jude Law. Do we need to go on?

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How To: Heatless Wavy Hair

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It’s no secret that heat can seriously damage our luscious locks. But curling tongs or heated rollers are essential for achieving that effortless wavy look, right? Think again. Wonderful waves can be yours in a few simple steps with a handful of budget-friendly essentials – and not a hint of heat! Trust us; it’s a game changer…

What Will I Need To Create This Look?

  • Styling mousse
  • Bendy rollers
  • Hairspray
  • Hair brush
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Heatless Curls Step-by-Step

Step 1 - Apply mousse

Start off by applying some hydrating mousse to the ends of your hair. Place a small amount in the palm of your hand and run evenly through your locks for long-lasting, perfectly-defined waves. For extra definition, apply to damp or towel dried hair.

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Step 2  - Roll into sections

It’s time to grab your bendy rollers and begin! Take a section of hair and wrap it around your roller, working from the ends to the roots and rolling under. Make sure it’s wrapped neatly and tightly, and then bend the ends of the roller together to secure in place. Repeat until all of your hair is secured in rollers.

Top tip: Wrap bigger sections for looser, larger curls.

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Step 3 – Secure with hairspray

For extra hold and shine, finish with a spritz of hair spray. The longer you leave your rollers in, the more defined your curls will be. Leave them in for a few hours before a night out, or wear overnight for maximum staying power.

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Step 4 – Remove rollers and brush through

Now for the big finish. Carefully unravel your rollers to reveal wonderfully-defined waves – all achieved without any heat. For a more natural finish, comb through gently with a hair brush and you’re good to go!

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Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Him

Flat lay of Valentines Day Gifts for Him

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a thoughtful gift idea. But if you’ve seen one-too-many cutesy teddies in the shops and have sworn off sifting through Valentine’s Day tat, then we’re here to help. Treat him to the presents he actually wants with our trusty guide…

GIF Box of Valentines Gifts for Him

Simply Scent-sational

Whether he’s a self-confessed ‘Jack the lad’, dapper dresser or one of those sporty types, there’s an aftershave out there that perfectly matches his persona. 

Amp up the romance by giving him a scent with seductive woody tones like Diesel’s Bad. Inspired by a classic leather biker jacket, it’s the edgy finishing touch he's been waiting for. Motorcycle not included. 

Give Him Some Sugar

Lay it on him with chocolately goodness – a gesture that’s sure to satisfy his sweet tooth. And with a box that big, there should be enough to go around! Sharing is caring... 

Or go the extra mile by preparing an extra special breakfast on the big day. Cue our chocolate and strawberry pancake recipe.

The Gentleman's Grooming Guide   

Is his skincare regime non-existent? Or maybe he’s a moisturising maestro? Whatever resides in his current grooming kit, give him a push in the right direction with lotions and potions (and foams!) to get his skin glowing date night after date night.

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Stubble Trouble? 

Most men wear their beard like a badge of honour and allow it to flourish to its bushy gloriousness without a second thought. Inspire him to take extra care over those wiry hairs and get him softening up the stubble with scented oils.  

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Soak up the Good Stuff  

Enjoying a good soak in the bathtub after a gruelling day at work is not just for the ladies. Educate your man in the fine art of preparing the ultimate bubble bath with these must-have treats.

Throw in a helpful hand-written checklist, some candles and his favourite playlist too and you’ll be on to a winning pamper kit that he can crack into quicker than you can say ‘spa day.’   

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Spaa Superdrug Spaa Pebbles Wooden Massager Brush £6.99 Buy Now

Hair Heroes

If his meticulous hairstyle drives you mental (2 hours of perfecting later, and it still looks the same!) then maybe it’s time to upgrade his kit. After all, a master is nothing without the right tools…

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Valentine’s Day: Gifts for Her

Flat lay of Valentines Gifts for Her

Hey, you. Looking for gift inspo? Don’t be a Valentine’s Day cliché. A dozen roses and a box of choccies may be regarded as the ‘norm’ (read: lazy) but it doesn’t really say ‘I love you, you’re the one’ does it? Discover a thoughtful treat for the woman in your life with our pick of the best gifts, perfect for any budget.

And whether you’re prepping for a hot date or throwing a Galentine’s Day night in, there’s no reason why you can’t get in on the action too. To me, from me, with love…

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Seductive Scents

At the heart at every bottle of perfume is a love story. An epic romance of flirtatious notes that weave together to create an alluring aroma to captivate its wearer. Don’t believe us? Just watch any fragrance advert and you’ll soon spot the familiar storyline. So, when it comes to one the most romantic nights of the year, a seductive spritz can speak volumes.

Our Top Pick: Cacherel, Amor Amor

With a name which translates to ‘love, love’, Cacherel’s Amor Amor is sure to cement your relationship status – even if the fateful three-word phrase hasn’t been uttered yet!

For more fragrance inspo, find out which bottles made it on to our Top 10 list.

 

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Sweet Tooth 

If you thought chocolates wouldn’t score you that covetable #CoupleGoals status, think again! Inspired by our favourite bars of deliciousness, these gift ideas take the classic sweet treat to the next level. Who can say no to a little indulgence?

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Kiss Me Quick

If you’re hoping for a little smooch after your Valentine’s date night, then ladies you might want to enjoy a spot of self-gifting before the big day. A little bit of lipstick can go a long way, not only will it bring all the attention to your luscious lips but will also get you in the flirty frame of mind.

Choose a bold colour (think ruby reds and punchy pinks) and plump up your pout to have your partner hanging on to your every word.

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I 'Heart' You 

Adorable with a pinch of playfulness, get set to declare your love with the sight of a single symbol. We’re pretty sure it will be *heart eyes* all round!  

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Go Nude

No not that kind of nude. We’re talking nude colours of course. Not only is it the trend of the century, it’s also perfect for playing it safe this Valentine’s Day. From an impressive eyeshadow palette to a nail polish, these little luxuries will have her baring all.  

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Collection Collection Lasting Gel Nail Polish Almost Nude £3.19 Buy Now
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A Pampered Princess 

A long soak in the tub or an hour reading a good book are just some of life’s little luxuries. So inspire her to take a little time out of her day to relax and rejuvenate with a few pampering gifts. For extra brownie points, create the ultimate survival kit with the help of these chillaxing treats.

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

Feeling the pressure to make Valentine’s Day the most over-the-top romantic date you can think of? The trick is to stop paying attention to the #BoyDidGood posts and instead celebrate your love with an idea that’s as unique as your relationship. Whether you want to go classic, cheesy or something in-between, we've got a bright idea to cater to any kind of couple. 

The ‘we-just-started dating’ Ideas

Get active: In the early stages of getting to know someone nothing will break down those boundaries quicker than a little dash of awkwardness and a sprinkle of being outside your comfort zone. Book in an unusual activity date – think rock climbing, ice-skating or salsa dancing – and the rush of endorphins from the exercise will have you laughing in no time.

Walking tour: If extreme/unusual sport isn’t your thing then take each other on a little stroll of the neighbourhood you grew up (obvs, if it's feasible. Jetting off halfway across the world might seem a bit intense!). It will soon get you swapping stories and you’ll get to know more about their family life waaaaay before you ever have to meet the in-laws.

Go for drinks or dessert only: It’s not uncommon for a newly-formed couple to be still fighting off nerves/butterflies during those early encounters so cut down the duration of date night by swapping a dinner for dessert or drinks.

Valentines Day ideas for couples having dinner

The Classic Ideas

Go for a romantic meal: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it right? Whether you choose to visit your favourite local restaurant or book a fancy 7-course meal, going for some grub is a date night ritual for good reason. Or if you want to save those pennies and use Valentine’s day to spend more quality time together then cook a meal at home together.

Movie night: It can be tempting to binge-watch TV shows with your bae when they come over for a date night on the sofa, but instead dim the lights and put on a movie that neither of you have  seen before. And grab some popcorn too and a projector if you want a full-on cinema experience.

Go away for the weekend: Booking in a spa or city break is a great way to extend the romantic celebrations for a few days.

The Cheesy Ideas

Say cheese with cute pictures: Whether you blow the budget and book in a photoshoot session or visit a local photo booth, taking snaps – not selfies – together will be fun at the time and you can also look back on your Valentine’s Day in years to come. Or if you already have enough pictures to open up your own gallery then pick your favourite and create a photo wall/collage dedicated to your best bits.

Play on your hobbies: Some of the best ideas are the most personal so use your shared interests as a starting point for date and gifting ideas. If you both love travelling together then get yourself a map and in one colour pin in all the places you have been together and in another colour pin all the places you want to go. It’s sure to get the conversation flowing! Or maybe you’re both avid gamers? Then plan a night of playing a two-player classic or visit an old-school arcade. 

Compliments corner: Jot down all the reasons why you love your partner and present them in unique ways – from popping notes into bottles to hiding them all over the house.

Valentines Day Ideas for Couples

The ‘we-don’t-need-to-blow-the-budget’ Ideas

Have a games night: Enjoy each other’s company by hosting a one-on-one games night with all your childhood favourites. You might want to put away the Monopoly board if your other half is a tad too competitive though.

Sweet treat: If your other half has a sweet tooth then encourage them to indulge by baking their favourite cake or dessert. Or rope them into helping you bake for extra romance brownie points!

The Creative Ideas

Stage a scavenger hunt: Create a map (could be of your home or a place you met) and get your partner to find hidden clues in certain areas until they reach a final destination where your Valentine’s Day surprise gift will be. Or maybe you’re the surprise, waiting to take them on a date night? The world’s your oyster!

Attend a class: If you both love upskilling then go to a creative class together. From cooking classes to fragrance workshops, if you can think it – it exists!

The Anti-Valentine's Day Ideas

Treat it as if it’s any other day: If you hate the big hoo-hah then simply don’t do anything. Keep to your usual routine, even if you’d usually be doing your chores mid-week. And choose to celebrate your love on your personal special anniversaries. 

Do something as a group: Instead of sticking to a party of two this Valentine’s, arrange a group date activity. The more the merrier!

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?

Be inspired by these real-life anecdotes to help you think outside the box this Valentine’s Day:

I hate celebrating my birthday because I don’t like feeling like I’m making too much fuss and forcing people to spend money on my 'big day'. But for my last birthday my boyfriend took the day off work and organised me the best day out. Breakfast in bed, champagne brunch, a boat trip – the lot. And then right at the end of the day he suggested we go to a bar for happy hour drinks and as I walked in all my friends were there. It was the cutest surprise. Turns out I like birthdays after all!

Valentines day couple ideas stories

I always moan about being cold, like, ALL the time. And one night as I got into bed I was greeted by a hot water bottle. It was a game-changer!

He got me Taylor Swift tickets for my birthday after I had given up all hope that I’ll ever see her live!

It might not seem romantic in the traditional sense, but when my girlfriend fills up the car with petrol before I use it I really appreciate the extra thought. It’s the small things sometimes.

When I was 15 my secondary school boyfriend walked in the snow for an hour and a half to give me my Christmas present because no one wanted to drive him to my house. Ah, young love!

I had a cheese and wine night booked in with my best friends and the guy I was seeing at the time searched all over for my favourite cheese to take with me. Cheesy in a good way!

I get travel sick on boats but managed to keep my little secret from my fiancé. Fast-forward to our honeymoon and a surprise boat excursion made my stomach flip – literally. But seeing my new husband by my side and not repulsed in any way made me love him even more.

Once I called my boyfriend when I was having a super stressful day and when I got home he had run me a bubble bath, put on a Beyoncé playlist and cracked open a bottle of wine. I could have cried.

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Date Makeup Looks and Ideas

Date Makeup Look for Cinema

Killer outfit sorted. Romantic location confirmed. Cheeky emoji sent. OK, so you're almost set for date night - but how about we unlock your inner flirt with a little extra prep work? Whether you're going for an 'I woke up like this' look for your chilled night in or have an extra special anniversary dinner on the cards, these tutorials will get you prepped in no time.

Date Makeup and Hair for a Chilled Night In

What Will I Need To Get The Look?

  • Powder and Liquid Highlighters
  • Primer
  • Gold eyeshadow
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Brow brush
  • Lip balm
  • Lip gloss
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How to Get the Date Makeup Look for a Chilled Night In?

Date makeup chilled night in

Step 1: Up your highlighter game

After applying foundation, go for a highlighter, this will allow you to achieve a truly glowing complexion.  Using a powder-based highlighter, simply highlight above your cheekbones and around your forehead. To intensify the highlighting effect, follow with a liquid highlighter. Apply above your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, under the brow arch, on your cupid’s bow and chin. Quick tip: If you want the look to be extra dewy and natural, use a beauty sponge. For an intense look either fingers or a brush will do just as well!

Date makeup chilled night in

Step 2: Go for gold with the eyeshadow

Prime your eyelids gently and apply gold eyeshadow. You can opt for a different metallic shade, though keeping it as natural as possible is key to this look. Curl your lashes gently and finish with mascara. Keep your eye brows natural by simply brushing through.

Date makeup chilled night in

Step 3: Underline the natural beauty of your lips

Go ahead and apply lip balm. Follow up with a transparent lip gloss to create shine,  luster and natural volume on your lips.

Date makeup chilled night in

Step 4: Go for cosy milkmaid plaits

This is a super fun and easy look to achieve! If you want an in-depth tutorial on how to create milkmaid braids, you can find it here.

Date Makeup and Hair for a Concert

What Will I Need To Get The Look?

  • Eye brow gel
  • Coloured liquid liner – we’ve used purple, but feel free to experiment with colours
  • Black kohl liner
  • Volumising mascara
  • Blusher
  • Lip liner
  • Nude lipstick
  • Curling wand

How to Get the Date Makeup Look for a Concert?

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Date Makeup for Concert

Step 1: Add a pop of colour to your eyes

After you’ve applied foundation and blusher, it’s time to focus on the eyes, starting with the brows. Keep them natural, so a quick brush through with brow gel will do the trick. Let’s have some fun with colour. Go for a coloured liquid liner and line your bottom lashline – as close to the lashes as possible. Don’t be scared of layering up the intensity of the colour. Afterwards, line the waterline with black kohl pencil and follow with layers of mascara on your top lashes.

Date Makeup for Concert

Step 2: Go for a strong nude lipstick shade

As our eyes are quite fun and colourful, let’s make our lips neutral with a beautiful nude shade. Line your lips with a pencil, starting with a cross shape at the cupid’s bow. This is every makeup artist’s favourite trick as it makes applying lip liner much easier. Fill in your lips with the liner and top up with a beautiful shade of nude lipstick.

Date Makeup for Concert

Step 3: Let’s get those grungy waves

Brush through your hair, making sure there are no knots or tangles. Section the top front of your hair and backcomb, go for two more sections from the top of your head to backcomb. Pin these in place at the back. Add hair spray, and mess it up a tiny bit more to create more volume.

Date Makeup for Concert

Step 4: Finishing with grungy waves

Using a wand, curl only the lengths of your hair, avoiding the roots and ends. Once you’ve finished, spray salt spray all over, and scrunch up the hair for an authentic grungy finish.

Date Makeup and Hair for the Cinema

What Will I Need To Get The Look?

  • Bronzer
  • Brow palette and brush
  • Liquid liner
  • White eye pencil
  • Mascara
  • Lip liner
  • Lip balm
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How to Get the Date Makeup Look for the Cinema?

Date Makeup Look for Cinema

Step 1: Contour your face using bronzer

We’ll start with our foundation already on. To add that sun-kissed glow to your look, add a touch of contouring. Simply apply bronzer to the contours of your face – cheekbones, forehead and even neck.

Date Makeup Look for Cinema

Step 2: Make your eyes pop

Fill in your brows either with a pencil or a shade from a brow palette. Using a liquid eyeliner, draw a retro cateye on both eyes. To exaggerate the size of your eyes, line your waterline with a white pencil – this will intensify the look. After that, apply mascara only to the top lashes.

Date Makeup Look for Cinema

Step 3: Go for very berry lips

Line your lips with a berry hued lip liner, making sure you fill in your lips slightly as well. To add a lustrous shine to your lips, apply some lip balm, skipping the lipstick altogether. This will make your lip shade last for hours, no matter how much popcorn you decide to eat.

Date Makeup Look for Cinema

Step 4: Create a relaxed pony look

Section off a bit of hair above the crown and backcomb it. Repeat this on a few sections to get the desired volume. Pull all of your hair back into a lose ponytail, securing with band. To add a nonchalant vibe, pull a few hair strands out at the front. Conceal the hair band by wrapping a hair strand around and securing with a pin. To make the style last long, finish with strong hold hairspray.

Date Makeup and Hair for a Romantic Dinner

What Will I Need To Get The Look?

  • Contour kit
  • Primer
  • Eyeshadow palette with nudes and metallic
  • Mascara
  • Brow pencil and brush
  • Nude lipstick
  • Transparent lip gloss
  • Curling wand
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How to Get the Date Makeup Look for a Lovely Dinner?

Date Makeup Look for Dinner

Step 1: Contour your face

After you’ve applied your foundation, start contouring your face. With the darker shade, contour the cheeks, top of the forehead, temples and your neckline. The key for this is to blend, blend, blend. To soften, apply the lighter bronzer just above the darker contour. Once again, blend the colours together for a natural finish.

Date Makeup Look for Dinner

Step 2: Create metallic, smokey eyes

Prime your eyelids, and apply a light base shade. Go over this with a light gold hue, build the colour up with a slightly darker shade that you will apply and blend around the socket. Choose your third colour, an even darker one and apply in the outer corners and the lower lid, making sure all colours have blended well. Afterwards, go for a cat eye with your liquid eyeliner and apply mascara to both the upper and lower lashes. Finish your eye makeup by brushing your brows up and filling in any gaps.

Date Makeup Look for Dinner

Step 3: Go for a nude lip

As our eye makeup is bold, we can keep our lips beautiful and nude. Apply a neutral shade all over and top it off with a transparent lip gloss. This will make your lips bigger and shinier.

Date Makeup Look for Dinner

Step 4: Finish the look with beautiful curls

Apply heat protecting spray and section your hair into two: top and bottom. Take a strand of hair and begin curling, wrapping the hair around the wand right until the end, holding up to 10 seconds at a time. Once you’ve curled all of your hair, brush the curls out and apply serum to make your tresses look healthy and shiny. Lock in the locks with hair spray.

Date Makeup Look for a Coffee Lunch

What Will I Need To Get The Look?

  • Primer
  • Eyeshadow: Two shades of silver
  • Grey kohl eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Blusher
  • Lip liner
  • Lipstick (go for a punchy colour)
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How to Get the Date Makeup Look for a Coffee Lunch?

Date Makeup Look for Coffee Lunch

Step 1: Go for a metallic eye

Let’s start with our foundation and blusher already on. As this look is for a day time date, we won’t go for too much makeup on our eyes. Instead, we will apply a primer and follow this by adding a shiny metallic silver shade. Don’t go over your crease for this look. After this, apply a slightly darker silver close to the lash line. Finish off by lining the outside of your eye with a grey kohl pencil and topping the makeup off with mascara. If you want the look to have a retro twist, you can also go for a cat eye with the liner.

Date Makeup Look for Coffee Lunch

Step 2: Create a beautiful, bold lip

As our eye makeup is soft, this means that we can go bold with our lip colour. Think pink, coral or vibrant plum – any of these would look stunning for this day look. Line your lips starting with an X on the cupid’s bow and fill it in. Follow by a few coats of lipstick. Top tip: For a fuller looking lip, apply three or even four lipstick layers.

Date Makeup Look for Coffee Lunch

Step 3: Twist, twist, twist

Once you’ve got a middle parting, take a strand of hair from one side and start twisting. After a few twists, add more hair to the twist and continue twisting. Add another strand and finish the twist just before your ear. Pin in place and repeat on the other side.

Date Makeup Look for Coffee Lunch

Step 4: Finish with hair spray

To make sure the hair looks perfect throughout the day, add hairspray. Focus on the twists as these can sometimes come undone especially if it’s a windy day out there.

Date Makeup Look for a Picnic

What Will I Need to Get the Look?

  • Brow gel
  • Primer
  • Eye shadow palette with two shades of peach colour
  • Eyelash curler
  • Blusher
  • Nude lipstick
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How to Get the Date Makeup Look for a Picnic?

Date Makeup Look for a Picnic

Step 1: Opt for peachy tones for your eyes

Start with your foundation, powder and blusher already done- alternatively, you can do your blusher after your eye makeup. Using your brow gel, brush your eye brows upwards giving them subtle texture.  Apply primer and follow up with your first colour all over your lid – a light peachy tone. Go for a darker peach in the crease and blend, blend, blend. Finish by simply curling your lashes as we won’t be using mascara for this day look.

Date Makeup Look for a Picnic

Step 2: Finish the makeup with rosy lips

As this is a subtle day look, apply a nude lipstick colour all over the lips. Afterwards, add a hint of your blusher shade on top of the nude. This will create that beautiful nude yet peachy shade.

Date Makeup Look for a Picnic

Step 3: Create a picnic perfect top bun

Section the top part of your hair and position it as if you were creating a half ponytail. Wrap the hair around without twisting it and secure with a band. Mess it up a tiny bit – it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Date Makeup Look for a Picnic

Step 4: Finish off with hair spray

To make sure your look stays in place all day (especially if it is a windy day in the park!), apply tons of hairspray to the bun and your locks.

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