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Let’s be real: Prepping for a date can be nerve-racking. Not only do you have to figure out what to wear, but more importantly, you have to nail down the makeup look—one that makes you feel confident but never overly made up (though thanks to social media, there’s no shortage of inspiration these days). While anyone worth dating will appreciate everything about you, it never hurts to turn to the experts to get your date-night look just right.
Now, we know it’s not realistic to turn to the pros regularly, but when you have a good enough excuse to break out of your usual makeup routine, then why not? And that’s exactly how Byrdie reader and all-around wellness enthusiast Suanny Serpas felt: It was the perfect time for an Ulta Beauty house call. What look did celebrity makeup artist Lauren Andersen create? Major inspiration ahead.
Taking cues from the internet, Anderson decided to center her palette around burnt oranges and rusts. “Since Suanny’s going on a date, I want to focus on eyes and keep her lips soft,” she told us. Watch the video to see Anderson’s wearable take on sunset eyes and learn how to re-create the look yourself.
1. Eye Shadow
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ( $54 )
Andersen likes starting any eye look off by applying a base shade. “It’ll act as the main color of the look,” she explains. Using the Naked Heat Palette ($54), apply Lumbre to the entire lid using a packing and pressing motion while blending out. To soften the crease, mix Chaser and Sauced, and blend upward toward the brow bone. Then finish it off with a dark shade like Cayenne on the outer corners of the lid to add more dimension and elongate the eyes.
2. Brow Pencil
To fill in brows, apply Goof Proof Brow Pencil ($24) in your true shade (we used Shade 3), then go back in with slightly deeper hue to define the arch (we used Shade 4 for this). Use the edge of the pencil to create sharp little lines that mimic the look of brow hairs. For a more natural look, apply the pencil in the direction of hair growth using a light touch.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ( $23)
“Go into the base of the lash and try to distribute as much product as you can; then wiggle the wand upward and outward,” explains Andersen, who used the cult-classic Better Than Sex Mascara ($23) by Too Faced. It’s a collagen-infused formula and has an hourglass-shaped wand that curls, volumizes, and lengthens lashes all at once.
Andersen loves a good highlighter, especially for the evening when lights hit your face and gives off an extra-glowy vibe. Apply After Glow in Sin ($26) to the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and Cupid’s bow to pull light upward and outward. The baked powder contains light-reflecting particles, so it really gives your skin a luminous look.
You can go back in and add depth to those areas using bronzer. This also ties the face with the eye as you are using the same color for depth and overall bronzing of the skin.
5. Lip Liner and Lipstick
To finish, use Stay on Lip Liner Pencil in Tiramisu ($4), and follow the shape of your lips then fill them in. This will help give your lip color serious staying power. “The last thing you want to be thinking about while on a date is reapplying your lip,” says Andersen. Since the focus is on the eye anyway, you don’t want another area of the face fighting for that attention. Lightly dab Smashbox's Be Legendary Liquid Lip in Moscow Mule ($24) on top to create a stained effect that’s not too high-impact.
Would you wear this on date night? If you’re feeling especially inspired, stock up on more makeup at Ulta Beauty to create other of-the-moment looks at home.