10 Make-up Mistakes To Avoid on A First date
Meeting a potential new love match is nerve-wracking enough without worrying whether your make-up is letting you down. Here’s how to win at first date beauty…
1 Sticky Gloss
A softer shade of lipstick or a velvety stain is easier to wear and less likely to end up all over your face/teeth. Or his face/teeth. 1 Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Blush Basin, £9.99 2 Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet in Fawn 05, £26
2 Heavy Foundation
Thick foundation will draw attention to any imperfections. Instead, try a sheer lightweight foundation, buffed flawlessly into the skin. Hourglass Foundation Brush, £42 Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99
3 High Intensity Blush
4 Flaky Mascara
Chuck out your old mascara – it’ll only let you down. Invest in a new budge-proof one to boost lashes without any risk of smudging. 7 Rimmel Scandal’eyes Reloaded Mascara, £6.99 8 YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara, £23
5 Scary OTT Nails
One way to terrify first dates (and small children) is to rock up with talons Cruella de Vil would be proud of. Keep’ em natural.
6 Panda Eyeliner
How’s your date going to gaze adoringly into your gorgeous eyes if they’re rimmed with thick, smudgy Avril Lavigne-style liner?
7 Skipping Powder
Use a breathable mineral powder to mop up oil, tricking him into thinking you’re as cool as a cucumber. 9 Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, £25 10 bareminerals Mineral Veil Powder, £21
8 Oompa Loompa Tan
Never fake tan the night before! The smell lingers in pores and there’s no time to hide mistakes. Gradually get your glow on three days before. 11 St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Sculpt And Glow, £18 12 James Read Sleep Mask Tan Body, £35
9 Mega False Lashes
Unless you’re a member of the Geordie Shore household, wearing super-heavy falsies on a first date is best avoided.
10 Trying Out A New Scent
Will it last? What if you hate it after an hour? Stick to a tried and tested fave – you’ll feel so much more confident.
13 Chanel No5 L’eau, 50ml, £68 14 Chloé EDT, 0ml, £39.50
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Swerve punchy pink blusher in favour of a natural peachy shade worn on the apples of the cheeks. 5 Laura Mercier Windflush Colour Powder For Cheeks & Eyes, £29 6 Urban Decay 8-Hour Powder Blush in Indecent, £19