This Date Night Makeup Will Flatter EVERY Skin Tone
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This Date Night Makeup Will Flatter EVERY Skin Tone

The color that Pantone crowned this year’s official hue, Marsala, is making major waves in the makeup department. Not only does the wine-inspired color translate into a luxe looking pigment, but it pulls of two of the trickiest beauty moves of all: it’s universally flattering and extremely versatile. That makes it an ideal go-to for lips, cheeks and eyes on every skin tone. Oh and it’s a beaut hair color too. Seriously. See why we’re in love?

With one of the biggest date nights of the year approaching, we thought we’d showcase Marsala in a dramatic evening look that will flatter everyone. We’re going with bold eyes and bolder lip on this sultry date night look that you can DIY in just seven steps.


Step 1: Prep

Apply your moisturizer, foundation and concealer so your base face is on and ready to go.

Step 2: Highlight + Contour + Accent

Start by highlighting your brow bones and inside corners of your eyes with a slightly shimmering cream color like Autumn Blonde from the to-die-for (and now out of stock) Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39).

Diving into the first hue of Marsala, you want to contour your entire crease with the coppery Chutney from Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39). Deepen the smokey eye by accenting the outer crease with the deep terra cotta Marsala Matte from Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39).

Step 3: Pop of Color

Add a pop of shimmer with the metallic Desert Mist from the Sephora + Pantone Universe Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette ($39) to the center of your eyelids and slightly into the inside corners of your eyes. This will add greater dimension to your smokey eye and because of its nude-gold color, will brighten your eyes.

Step 4: Eyeliner + Set With Shadow

Use a black eyeliner on both the inside of your upper lash line as well as the inside of your lower lash line. Also add a little liner onto your lower lash line — we’re bringing the drama.

To really sell the look, apply the Marsala Matte shadow over the eyeliner on your lower lash line with a flat angled brush. Pull the brush down slightly as you outline your eyes to create a smudged effect.

Step 5: Contour + Highlight

Contour your cheekbones, temples, around your jaw line, the sides of your nose and slightly down your neck with a medium bronzer like Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze ($11). Then use a highlighter like Benefit Cosmetics High Beam ($38) above your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the center of your upper lip.

Step 6: Lip Liner

Line your lips entirely with a magenta hue like Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil in Wine ($22). Slightly fill in your lips with this liner to add dimension and keep your lipstick in place — a necessary step when you’re applying such a dark hue. Though, no promises that it will stay on when you’re makin’ out with your boo ;)

Step 7: Lipstick

Now for the most fun part of this entire look: that delicious pout! This deep plummy purple is the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil by Nars in Train Bleu ($25) and it’s so luxe. Apply directly over your lined lips and blend using a lip brush.

Sultry, slightly vampy and without-a-doubt sexy. It’s a knock-’em-dead look that will take your date night vibe to seriously romantic levels. Plus, much like these wine-tinged hues will compliment any skin tone, they’ll also go with almost every color in your wardrobe, so no need to feel restricted to your LBD. Anything goes with a color as cool as Marsala.

What do you consider the ultimate date night look. Tell us what your pre-date primping looks like in the comments below.