Here’s the 5-Minute Makeup Look to Rock on Your First Date of the New Year
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So you met a cutie and are banking on nabbing a first date with the hunk in question come the new year. That rules. What doesn’t is stressing over how to do your makeup for the special night out. The beginning of any new year can feel a little tricky when it comes to choosing the right look — you just went crazy with all this glitter and you need to tone it down from party mode but still play up the winter drama. I get it — it’s tough to navigate. That’s why in just five minutes flat, this makeup look will have you looking polished, feeling fresh and ready to get your flirt on. Simple as that. Here’s my quick go-to look for your first date night of 2016. I hope it inspires you!
STEP 1: PREP YOUR LIDS
Prime your eyelids with a creamy white pencil like NYX Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil ($5) in Milk. This will allow your eyeshadow to stick and give it an extra bright pop on your lids.
STEP 2: BRIGHTEN ‘EM UP
Apply a light, matte eyeshadow like MAC Orb ($16) over the white pencil and smooth out the edges with a fluffy blending brush. To open up your eyes, swipe the white pencil on the inside of your waterline.
STEP 3: ADD DEPTH TO YOUR EYES + CHEEKS
Sweep a bronzer like NARS Laguna ($39) through the crease of your eye for depth with the same fluffy blending brush — you can also sculpt your cheekbones with it for a natural contour. Then, using a pencil brush, buff a warm, brown eyeshadow underneath your bottom lashes for a little extra drama.
STEP 4: PUMP UP YOUR LASHES
Coat your eyelashes with mascara and stick some false lashes on for extra oomph (I like Red Cherry False Eyelashes #415 — $16 for pack of six). They’re soft and add just the right amount of volume without feeling heavy or looking unnatural. If you have trouble applying lashes, try using tweezers to help set them on your lash line and make sure you only have a very thin coat of adhesive on.
STEP 5: SWIPE ON A PLUM LIP COLOR
Lastly, apply a deep berry hue on your lips for a seasonal twist on the classic red lip. I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar ($15) in Black Metal Dahlia for a deep metallic finish.
Five minutes later… you’re so ready for date night. Defined eyes (don’t forget to touch up those brows!), glowing skin and just the right amount of shimmer from the metallic lip color. This look makes me feel totally confident — I hope you do too! Now, go get ’em, tiger.
Our undergarments might have taken a backseat in 2020, but with a new year upon us, we're feeling inspired to reprioritize our most intimate clothing layer — especially in time for Valentine's Day. Because hey, what better way to kickstart a season of self-love than by treating yourself to a confidence-boosting set of lingerie?
We turned to trusted intimates brand Adore Me to set us straight on trends for the year ahead, featuring size-inclusive bodysuits, romantic bustiers, lacy babydoll styles, and everything in between. Luxe sets start at $24.95 with free shipping and exchanges, and if you're not sure what style would work best for you, Adore Me has an at-home styling service called the Elite Box. You can try everything on from the comfort and safety of your home, keep what you love, and send back the rest totally hassle-free. Need more to pique your interest? Scroll ahead to see the silky lingerie and loungewear pieces we're adding to our cart.
Adore Me Svana Contour Set ($24.95): You can't go wrong with this playful satin cherry print and lace design.
Adore Me Luana Camisole & Short Set ($24.95): It was about time for a PJ upgrade, and this silky set is perfect for sweet dreamin' and lounging around the house.
Adore Me Gynger Unlined Set ($24.95): Va-va-voom! Hands-down the sexiest piece in the collection, this bra boasts a fiery red bow and skin-showing cups — literally confidence in a bra!
Adore Me Evetta Unlined Set ($24.95): This barely-there flouncy lace set is for when you'd almost rather wear nothing at all.
Adore Me Desirae Robe ($24.95): Take your self-care to the next level with this so-soft robe with subtle lace detailing.
Adore Me Clarisse Unlined Bodysuit ($24.95): This floral lace bodysuit with adjustable attached garters is straight out of our lingerie fantasy.
Adore Me Charlize Unlined Set ($24.95): If plum is more your power color, you'll love this sheer lace set.
Adore Me Helene Cheeky Plus (5 for $20): Our underwear drawer needs a little TLC too, and these comfy undies with coverage are the answer.
Adore Me Kaia Contour Plus Set ($24.95): Cutouts are all the rage, so why not have them in your underwear too?
Adore Me Kaia Contour Set ($24.95): Oh, and it comes in fire engine red — yes, please!
Adore Me Clarisse Bodysuit ($24.95): If you weren't sure about bodysuits, let this classic style change your mind.
Adore Me Corina Push Up Bustier ($24.95): Like more volume in the cleavage area? This sexy corset situation is for you.