Date Night Delight

While most of us prefer a subtle, natural makeup look for daytime wear, when it comes to date night we reckon it’s time to up the (beauty) ante and make that special someone weak at the knees.

To help you channel your inner vixen, we spoke to natural makeup artist and Depths of Beauty founder Emmily Banks, who was kind enough to share her top beauty tips that will definitely get his pulse racing.

“My two favourite looks for date night are a classic Hollywood starlet style with a bold red lip, black liquid liner and fat lashes – or a softer, bronzed beach beauty look with a natural lip, soft smoky eyes and plenty of golden highlighting,” says Emmily.

Read on to discover how to create these sexy makeup styles along with Emmily’s top product picks.

CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STARLET

Classic glamour never goes out of style, and rare is the man who can resist the cinematic charm of bold red lips and a flick of liquid liner.

To create the look, start with foundation to create an even, flawless base, and then add a hint of colour to your cheeks and eyes with subtle shades of blush and eyeshadow.

Create flutter worthy peepers by applying a slick of black liquid liner along the top lash line, flicking the liner our and upwards at the outer corners. Finish the look off with volumising mascara and bright red lipstick.

Create flutter worthy peepers by applying a slick of black liquid liner

To create the look Emmily, loves using Inika Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation, Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Blush in ‘My Blush,’ Ere Perez Eyeshadow in ‘From Beginning To End,’ 100% Pure Black Tea Long Lasting Eyeliner, Karen Murrell Lipstick in Red Shimmer, and W3ll People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara.

EMMILY’S MUST-HAVES:

Inika Organic Liquid Foundation

100% Pure Liquid Eyeliner

Karen Murrell Lipstick Red Shimmer

BRONZED BEACH BEAUTY

This classically Aussie beauty look is perfect for the warmer months.

Start with a creamy, luminous foundation base, and then lightly sweep bronzer along your cheekbones, brow bones and nose for a sexy golden glow.

Increase your skin’s wattage even more by applying a touch of illuminating powder along the very top of your cheekbones, along the bridge of your nose, and on your lip’s Cupid’s bow.

Create a smoky eye using a mix of taupe, tan and chocolate-hued eyeshadows, and complete the look with lashings of mascara and a flirty pink lip tint.

To create the look, Emmily uses W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation, Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer, Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla Highlighter in ‘Sun Halo,’ Lily Lolo Eye Palette in ‘Laid Bare,’ Ere Perez Natural Almond Oil Mascara, and Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in ‘Watermelon.’

EMMILY’S MUST-HAVES:

Lily Lolo Eye Palette Laid Bare

Ere Perez Highlighter Sun Halo

Ere Perez Almond Oil Mascara

ALL NIGHT LONG…

When it comes to making your makeup last long into the evening (and possibly into the wee hours of the morning if you’re a party animal), Emmily reveals that a lighter hand is preferable when applying makeup.

“The best way to keep your face looking fresh is to keep it light. It may seem counter intuitive, but the more makeup you layer on, the greater chance there will be that it will crease, run and end up looking cakey.”

Another tip for ensuring your face stays put it to select the right base to suit your skin’s individual needs. “Choosing the right foundation for your skin type is also incredibly important if you want your face to look fresh all day long,” advises Emmily.

“If you have naturally oily skin, opt for a foundation with a powdery or matte finish rather than something more dewy, which will work better for drier skin types.”

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