Easy Date Night Beauty How-To. Plus: Win $100 Visa Gift Card for Your Own Date-Night Look!

Getting a pretty, glam look is easy as 1, 2, 3 with ALMAY.


I love playing with makeup, so I was thrilled to try out some new products from the always great, always affordable ALMAY. As a busy mama, I don’t generally have tons of time to get ready (for anything!), so I’m all about products that work really well and are easy to use. I’m no super model, and long gone are the days when I sincerely didn’t know what my college theatrical makeup teacher meant when he tried to teach us how to create “bags” beneath our eyes to simulate old age. (SIGH!) But that doesn’t mean I don’t like getting prettified! You too? Well, ALMAY and BlogHer also gave us one $100 Visa gift card to give to one of our lucky readers so you can spend it on your own glamifying ingredients — details on that below!

First, here’s how I created a date-night look in three easy steps, using ALMAY smart shade mousse makeup and an ALMAY intense i-color bold nudes kit. First I start with a clean face, bien sur! I have various potions and lotions I use, but the main thing is a nice moisturizer and a brightening eye cream.

Step 1: ALMAY smart shade mousse makeup

I LOVE this stuff! It’s similar to a BB cream in that it looks almost white in the jar and as you rub it in, it smooths out and transforms into a really nice, pretty coverage. Very au natural, and not at all greasy like some BB creams I’ve tried. Must be the whipped, velvety formula! I really love the coverage this gives, minimizing my pores and just evening everything out. I thought I’d be the lightest shade, but after some experimenting I found the 200 looked better and more flawless. If this wasn’t a “date night” look, I’d be good to go with this stuff, a little bronzer (I never leave home without it!) and some mascara! I lightly patted on some translucent powder just for staying power, and swiped on some of my trusty bronzer.


Step 2: ALMAY intense i-color bold nudes kit

This is a great little kit. My eyes are kind of green-gray-blue depending on what I’m wearing, the weather, the lighting — basically everything! –, so I picked the one for blue eyes, I liked this little kit a lot; it’s a nude but not boring look, with rich shades that did indeed seem to bring out the blue in my eyes. I pretty much followed the directions on the back of the container: the medium color all over my eyelid, the dark color in the crease of my eyelid, and then some of the light highlighter shade up by my brow bone. My lids basically disappear when I open my eyes, so I like how this strategy helps my eyes “pop” a bit. I then added a bit of a dark gray-green pencil liner to make the whole thing a little bolder.


Step 3: Glossy lips!

Since my eyes were pretty intense, I went for a shiny pink gloss as a fun contrast. And then hauled out my trusty flat iron curler thingie (not sure what this contraption is even called!) to smooth out my hair a bit and give it a few subtle waves…


Hmm — you know what this needs?


Better lighting! Ready for my date night! Better go tell my hubby!

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AND NOW! The giveaway! To enter to win one (1) $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of ALMAY and BlogHer, in the comments below, tell us about your go-to Date Night look. We want to know … are you a red lips all the way kind of gal? False eyelashes and a nude pout? Swipe of mascara and that’s it? Do tell!

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130 thoughts on “Easy Date Night Beauty How-To. Plus: Win $100 Visa Gift Card for Your Own Date-Night Look!

  1. Nichole McKinnon says:

    Love bold colors and big hair!

  2. Elena says:

    I like smokey eyes and bright lipstick. And I wear a nice dress and high heels

  3. stephanie says:

    i love smokey eye and mascara

  4. Kelly D says:

    My go-to date night look is a pretty colored blouse, black skirt, and jewelry. I usually have mascara and a light lipstick on.

  5. Rita A says:

    I have been using Almay for years. I love the eye matching colors.

  6. Mami2jcn says:

    Low cut tops are enough to impress my husband! LOL!

    I like to wear black slacks and heels with said top.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  7. steff says:

    mascara skinnies and a strappy top!

  8. I actually custom blend my signature red lip and I wear it EVERYDAY, not just date night! When I visit department stores, even the salespeople at the cosmetics counters ask me whose lipstick I'm wearing, and I tell them it's a custom blend of three preferred shades from three different manufacturers in fact!

    Thanks for hosting! :)

  9. courtney b says:

    curled hair, lace dress, a nice tan and pumps!:) and blush!

  10. amy pugmire says:

    I don't like to wear heavy makeup. I love a cute black dress, mascara, lipgloss and some bright heels and I love to curl my hair wavy.

  11. Susan Smith says:

    I wear jeans, a top and pumps and I wear mascara, tinted moisturizer, eye shadow and lipgloss when I go out. Nothing too heavy.

  12. rebecca says:

    I fell in love with a purple lip gloss that I wear every day

  13. carrie obrien says:

    mascara, concealer and red lips

  14. nancy bowers says:

    I like the barely there "natural" look.

  15. Sarah B. says:

    If I'm going to glam it up, I use foundation, concealer, powder, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, and lip gloss. I try to play up my eyes and leave the lips more natural. And I really do use Almay smart shade stuff – its great!

  16. Madeline says:

    For date nights I like to curl my hair and wear lipstick and darker eyeshadow.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  17. Madeline says:

    Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/336159
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  18. cindy w says:

    My go to date night look is a putting on a little smokey eye and lipstick (more neutral color)….normally I don't wear make-up, so my hubby usually does a double take

  19. tcarolinep says:

    My go-to date night look- Skinny/straight leg jeans and silk blouse, heels and a clutch. Lightly makeup, usually tinted moisturizer and lip gloss.

  20. Samantha Daleo says:

    I've never liked red lipstick because I have always been self conscience of my teeth and red lipstick draws all eyes in that area…for me, I keep it light…if I go heavy on anything, its my eyes.

  21. Stephanie V. says:

    natural with focus on eyes – long lashes, good shadow, top liner only, fun, flirty outfit (usually sexy top with leggings) and boots or heels
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  22. Cynthia C says:

    I like the natural look but I need great foundation to even out my skin tone. I use a little more eye makeup for evening.

  23. rachel says:

    Lots of mascara, eyeliner and a hint of eyeshadow!

  24. Laura says:

    Ha, my date night look is just getting out the door! Maybe some lip balm!

  25. Adrienne gordon says:

    very casual, jeans and a blouse,nothing special for me.

  26. Lisa Brown says:

    My go-to date night look is black flared slacks, nice top, stilettos, and a makeup look of a light smokey eye and red lip.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  27. Lisa Brown says:

    tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/338018772
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  28. Kate F. says:

    Dark eyelashes and reddish-pink lips

  29. natalyc says:

    I absolutely go for bright sexy color lipstick and and bronzer, all the way

  30. paige chandler says:

    I like a summer dress with tall strappy sandals. Light makeup and beach swept hair.

  31. Kiara says:

    My go-to date night look is a smokey eye.

  32. Margaret Smith says:

    I like to go for a more natural look with minimal makeup.
    Thanks so much.

  33. soha molina says:

    smokey eyes

  34. DJ* says:

    My go to look is smokey eyes with a nude lip ( I love blankety lipstick by mac)

  35. kim h says:

    My husband likes me wear dresses!! :)

  36. Katie Roch says:

    My date night look is feminine and flirty. I keep it pretty natural and just add a light gloss and some eye-shadow to my daytime look.

  37. tamarsw says:

    I'm about comfy and causal – jeans and a nice shirt.

  38. mickeyfan says:

    I am a makeup minimalist.

  39. merle m says:

    tee and jeans. i dont wear makeup

  40. Sonya Morris says:

    My favorite outfit (which changes constantly after just having baby #4, ha!) with darker eyeshadow, eyeliner, black mascara & lip gloss.

  41. jalapenomamamn says:

    I'm on the casual side.
    My favorite look is a jacket with jeans and boots.
    For date night I use more mascara and more dramatic colors for eye shadow.
    Thank you.

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  42. holly wert says:

    i just add a little more mascara than usual

  43. Stephanie Larison says:

    I mostly keep it natural looking when it comes to makeup. I only go all out when it's something special like a holiday or a very rare date night with hubby. Then I'll put some foundation and mascara on. Lip gloss is a must!

  44. anastasia2013 says:

    I'm pretty jeans and t-shirt most of the time, so I do the same for date night. I add some mascara tho' and curl my hair :)

  45. jillyrh says:

    I love lots of mascara and eyeliner to make the eyes pop. Don't like red lipstick but a mauve color is more my style.

  46. HilLesha says:

    My go-to date look is mint green eyeshadow and black or brown liquid eyeliner to create a cat eye look. :)

  47. Nadine L says:

    I am usually a bit of mascara, lip gloss and occasionally a bit of blush kind of gal.

  48. Mascara and any outfit that doesn't involve a T-shirt!

  49. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Button up shirt, slacks and decent kicks

  50. Claire McKeon says:

    I like to do the smoky eye for date night, a little glossy color on the lips!

  51. kalhendr says:

    My go-to date-night look: sundress, strappy sandals, and little makeup!

  52. Nicole Larsen says:

    I don't usually wear much makeup–coverup and a little mascara

  53. Lee says:

    She looks best with minimal makeup–just being herself is great looking!

  54. Erika says:

    Usually a little black dress, some cute earrings, and eye-liner. I've never tried Almay before so this would be fun!

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  55. @sharonjo2 says:

    My go-to date night look is pretty casual–capris or jeans with a simple top, maybe a denim or khaki jacket. Makeup is simple, but I do like to do some shimmer eyeshadow if I'm going out at night. Thanks!
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  56. Wild Orchid says:

    tweet- -https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/341945290460377088

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  57. Wild Orchid says:

    My go to look includes eyeliner, mascara, and lipgloss. I like to put the focus on my eyes.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  58. Lisa says:

    Mascara and Red Lipstick! Jeans and a cute top.


  59. Justine says:

    Concealer, eyelash curler, and go!

  60. I don't wear much makeup but I like dark eyeliner and black mascara.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  61. kjasus says:

    my date look is simply mascara and lip gloss

  62. steve weber says:

    clean shave… nice dark jeans and a black t-shirt

  63. jen gersch says:

    i wear peach gloss and black eyeliner

  64. busyworkingmama says:

    You look great! Nice lip color! My date night look usually involves a smokey eye and some light shimmery lipstick. If I go with a bolder lip color, it is more plum than red.

  65. Shannon says:

    I do a liner on my lids and a smoky eye. I do a glossy lip.

  66. Shannon says:

    Tweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/Shiebs24/status/342840

  67. Amy Tong says:

    I love the look on your face, so pretty. My go-to date night look would be something light and simple. I love a bright color lip sticks as contrast so I don't look too pale. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  68. Jennifer says:

    I do a smokey eye and a nude lip. Anything to make my green eyes pop!

  69. Lots of mascara and a pretty lipstick.

  70. nannypanpan says:

    i wear shadow and mascara as well as a lipgloss

  71. Kerry says:

    I add a little bronzer and my favorite lipstick shade for date night.

  72. LAMusing says:

    Very pretty! I keep it very simple and emphasize one feature – usually my lips.

  73. Ashley says:

    I add a little more makeup and change into something I wouldn't normally wear to teach in. ashaldridge at gmail dot com

  74. Myki says:

    My go to date look changes with the outfit. I love to play with makeup so if the eyes are neutral then I'm rockin' a bold lippie.

  75. Erica Best says:

    i like to go all the way and look very different then my day time look

  76. Diane Baum says:

    My go to date night look includes light powder, blush, perfume and a v -neck shirt!

  77. Emmy says:

    I love skinny jeans and black heels with a nice black top
    I also try to curl my hair and glam up my make up

  78. Gloria Schulte says:

    I like dark pink lipstick and dark blue eye shadow and a little blush

  79. ashley says:

    nude pout and heavy on the eyes!

  80. Ashley Morrissey says:

    I love smokey eyes and a little black dress ;)

    Nude lip for sure and simple accessories!!

  81. Allie Hartmann says:

    Date night essential for me is a clean face and perfect eyebrows and burtsbees chapstick on my lips. The natural look is what I strive for.
    Allie Hartmann

  82. brenda robinson says:

    mascara, lip gloss and heels – easy

  83. Kate S says:

    I try to do light lips, and bright eyeshadows to offset my constant dark circles! lol

  84. jennifer says:

    I am an outdoorsey kind of gal, so minimalist all the way, for date night, I might use lip gloss and a bit of eye liner and mascara though!

  85. Claire says:

    I like to add a little glitter to my lids. It's fun and it brightens them up.

  86. my day look is a fresh face and my evening look is dark eyeshadow and eyeliner

  87. Daniel M says:

    can't figure out a go-to look

  88. Lisa Garner says:

    I love using false lashes for a dramatic eye look on date nights.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  89. Lisa Garner says:

    I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/34570290461267
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  90. yummyfaerie says:

    I usually do a smoky eye and low impact lips, a glossy tint of color.

  91. Rebecca Graham says:

    Bright colored clothing and makeup.

  92. angie lilly says:

    I don't wear makeup, only lip balm that is clear, so there is that. LOL I also am almost always very casual in cotton twill pants/capris with cotton t-shirts crew neck or v. I am a simple gal no matter what I am doing or who I am with.

  93. Betty C says:

    Usually just dress up my jeans with a fancy top instead of my usual tee. Attempts at real glam are few and far between.

  94. hadespark says:

    I like to go for a natural look. I put on a nude lipstick and a little mascara and eyeliner.

  95. s riches says:

    My look on date night is clean and classy.

  96. Suzanne L says:

    My date night look is simple and mostly natural looking, except I play up my eyes: falsies, mascara, liner, eyeshadow.

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