Getting ready for a first date can feel like a painstaking process. It requires a lot of time, dedication, and precision. But rest assured -- you'll look and feel like a million bucks with this first date beauty routine. Here's a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Prep your skin

Every woman wants flawless, glowing skin. And you can achieve that by first cleansing and hydrating your skin. You'll want first to cleanse your skin, then apply a brightening face mask, and finally apply moisturizer while massaging it in to help drain fluid from your face.Step 1_ Prep your skin - 2

The best skincare products for prepping your skin include:

  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Face Wash

This all-in-one foaming gel wash is powerful, yet gentle to the skin. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup without harsh rubbing or over-drying. This ultra-gentle, fragrance-free formula is suitable for all skin types. In one easy step, it gently foams to remove makeup and impurities, leaving skin cleansed and refreshed.

  • Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask

Energize and invigorate skin with this brightening face mask with turmeric and cranberry. This exfoliating mask helps invigorate and brighten fatigued, dull skin. Formulated with cranberry seeds, this brightening mask leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

  • LA Beauty Drenched Moisture Infusion

Get drenched with an intense infusion of moisture. Drenched Moisture Infusion is supercharged with poly-hyaluronic acid complex that instantly drenches dehydrated skin with deep, long-lasting hydration. Fortified with peptides, ceramides, humectants, and natural moisture factors that strengthen skin's barrier and boost moisture levels without leaving an oily or greasy feel. Skin stays soft, supple, and hydrated throughout the day.

Step 2: Prime your makeup

On your first date, you want your makeup to last and last. For makeup that lasts all night, you'll want to apply eye cream to ensure that concealer never gets dry under your eyes. You'll also want to apply a primer to keep your foundation in place.Step 2_ Prime your makeup - 2

The best beauty products for priming your makeup are:

  • Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

This eye cream is formulated with hydrating herb, comfrey leaf, and elasticity-boosting pennywort herb to provide a flood of intensive moisture for radiant and youthful-looking eyes. This cream blends seamlessly, keeping the eye area supple and hydrated while prepping it for a smooth crease-free makeup application.

  • Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

This revolutionary makeup primer is infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers that all work together to boost skin's radiance, promote elasticity, and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear.

Step 3: Apply your makeup

Remember to apply makeup early, since it looks better when it has settled in a little. You'll want to use a long wear foundation, kiss-proof lipstick, and volumizing mascara.Step 3_ Apply your makeup - 2

The best makeup products include:

  • Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation

This long wear foundation provides full coverage with a modern matte finish that never looks overdone. It is highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. There's no need to build coverage or apply multiple layers. This waterproof, paraben-free formula diffuses light for perfected skin as it mattifies and absorbs oil to reduce the appearance of shine.

  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

This creamy-matte, full-coverage lip color delivers bold, long-lasting color and stays in place for up to six hours of continuous wear. The texture is weightless on lips, and the color-rich formula will not bleed or transfer. It's also formulated with vitamin E and avocado oil to soften and hydrate lips.

  • L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara

This mascara is uniquely formulated to resist clumping, softening and building lashes to five times their natural thickness. It thickens lashes evenly and smoothly, leaving them soft with virtually no flakes, smudges or clumps.

Step 4: Maintain your look

Set and touch up your makeup if your complexion starts to look dull or shiny by applying translucent powder. Also, use dry shampoo to revamp your hair before going on a date.Step 4_ Maintain your look - 2

The best products are:

  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

This translucent loose setting powder sets makeup flawlessly for 12 hours. The lightweight powder doesn't add weight or texture to skin, and it doesn't settle into fine lines. What's more, the no-flashback formula is perfect for photos and creates a soft-focus effect to blur imperfections.

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo instantly cleans and freshens hair without water. It revitalizes greasy, dull and lifeless hair, as well as thickens thin fly-away hair, adding texture and body.

Getting ready for a first date is as easy as 1, 2, 3...and 4!

Follow these four easy steps for getting ready for a first date, and you'll leave the house in love with how you look!

References
  1. "A Beauty Editor's Guide to Date Night Prep," Harper's Bazaar, February 12, 2018.
  2. "The First-Date Beauty Checklist," Glamour, n.d.

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