Now that indoor dining is finally an option again, we won't have to worry about all-weather withstanding looks. We can finally take off our coats and rock a big bouncy blowout, without worrying that the curls will be dissolved by the rain.
If you have a date night booked in with your significant other or your girlfriends and you're feeling a little out of practice, our full guide will ensure you look your best. Outlining the tips and tricks for a full-body date night beauty makeover, this guide will help you to beautify from top to toe. Any serious look requires prep, so this guide will take you through the process, from the night before right until you're ready to leave that door.
Prep the night before
Top up on tan
Before bed, take the time to prep your hair and body for date night. Start with tan. Whether you prefer easy-peasy tanning drops, deeper toned foam or a glowy gradual moisturiser, putting it on the night before will save you time and ensure the best glow.
If you want to hop on the tanning drops hype, then Tan-Luxe's Illuminating Self-Tan Drops is our top pick. Free from the fake tan scent, these drops mix in effortlessly with your moisturiser to give a full-body glow. Start with just two or three, then simply add more drops if you'd like a deeper shade. You're welcome!
If you want to keep it old-school, the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam is a cult classic. Fragranced with Coconut, the tan boasts glowing reviews, favoured by tan lovers for its streak-free finish. Lasting for around 5 days, this formula is ideal for those who follow a weekly tanning routine.
Top tip: If you want a flawless finish without any irritation, try the ultimate hair removal before tanning with the Sensica Sensilight Pro Device.
Try some heatless curls
Some of the beauty lessons we learnt over lockdown have earned a firm place in our regimes. One of them is the dressing gown technique, which went viral on TikTok for producing perfect, heatless curls.
Start by washing your hair, as you normally would. Right now, we're loving the Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Set, because it holds everything you need for softer, shinier hair in a single box.
Then, once your hair is 80% dry, split your hair into four sections. Working with one half at a time, crisscross your damp hair around the dressing gown belt, securing it at the bottom. Leave the belt in overnight to wake up to big, bouncy curls, without having to use any heat. Your hair will thank you!
Pamper yourself on the day
Get glowing skin
We all have that one friend who takes hours to get ready. Since we're celebrating being able to go into bars and restaurants again, this day warrants a full pamper session, so you can be that friend.
Take your new curls down from the dressing gown wrap, and pop your hair into a shower cap to stop the curls from getting wet. Hop in the shower, and cleanse your body with a richly fragranced body wash. Go for the Versace Eros Flame Shower Gel for a touch of glamour, or the Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Body and Hand Wash for classic luxury.
After a luxurious shower, wrap yourself in a fluffy towel and pop on a well-deserved face mask. For naturally radiant skin, try the Alya Skin Australian Pink Clay Mask, an Australian formula that went viral for its glow-giving powers.
If you're looking to illuminate your complexion, take a few drops of the Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum and apply to freshly cleansed skin.
While you're letting your mask do its magic, take the time to paint your nails. If you're going to show your toes, they'll need to be painted. Essie's long-lasting formulas are a solid choice, letting you create any look you like from the comfort of your own home. Now that it's getting a bit warmer, we think pastel shades are in order.
Before we move onto makeup, make sure you brush your teeth! 2021 has been the year of levelling up our dental routines, treating oral hygiene as a self-care routine, rather than a chore. Combine the Regenerate Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste with Waken's Peppermint Mouthwash for a pearly white smile.
Go for a bold makeup look
Finally, it's time for the most fun step - makeup! Although natural looks have been perfect for zoom, we think now is the perfect time to step things up. The red lip is a date night classic, and definitely something we've been missing in the age of mask-wearing.
Classic red lip
For a devilishly good look, try the brand new Cruella lipstick from the unique collection by M·A·C and Disney. Sinfully rich, this red shade is both show-stopping and kiss-proof, making it a must-have for date night.
Finish off your makeup look with sultry eyes, courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills. The Exclusive Daytime Collection Eyeshadow Palette houses four warm-toned shades, perfectly formulated for creating summer looks. While the warm mattes are great for daytime looks, the metallic shades will carry you through the night.
Style your strands
Finish off your head to toe with perfectly styled locks using the ghd Max Styler Straightener. The expertly designed straighteners maintain consistent heat distribution from root to tip, ensuring that your hair stays healthy and is neatly styled all over. Taking just 30 seconds to heat up, the styler will half your hair prep time, meaning more time for enjoying date night and less time worrying about frizz. The handy sleep mode switches off the device after 30 minutes of non-use, a real life saver for those times when you can't remember if you did or not!
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