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

  2. 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

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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!

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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

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

  26. 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

  27. I love smokey eyes and a little black dress 😉

    Nude lip for sure and simple accessories!!

  28. 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

  29. 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!

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

  31. 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.

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

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

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

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