After a long week at work, you are eagerly planning a much-needed date night with your special someone.
Instead of your usual pizza and a movie routine, you have something extra fun and special planned â€” and you want to celebrate this occasion with a bold look that will turn your sweetie’s head.
Of course, “bold” can mean different things for different women, and a lot depends on what you have planned for date night. Fortunately, going bold is a flexible term that you can have fun with.
Here are a few ideas for a bold look
Make your lips dramatic
If you are normally a ChapStick and/or lip gloss kinda gal, your upcoming date night is a perfect opportunity to bring some dramatic color to your lips. While you might equate “bold lip color” with bright red lipstick, you should shoot for a color that will complement your skin tone.
If you have super fair skin, you might do better with something in the pink family, and if your skin is more medium toned, try on a mauve-brown shade.
Women with darker skin typically look terrific in deep pink or red shades—think a raspberry-colored lipstick. Of course, if you want to go with Fire Engine Red go for it, it will definitely highlight your lips and help your mouth stand out.
If you want to draw attention to your eyes—and have your sweetie gazing into your peepers for the night—you can’t go wrong with smokey eye shadow. Spring for a palette of different eye shadow colors, like the Morphe Eyeshadow 35 color combo that features a bunch of dark hues and shades in the purple, brown and black families.
You can practice on the days leading up to your date to see which tones work the best on your eyes with the matte eyeshadows. If you are going to a club or a fancy restaurant, opt for the darker colors and use them as eyeliner to create a really sultry look. If your date is going to be more casual, stick with a lighter shade and apply less eye makeup. Either way, your eyes will look amazing.
If you normally skip mascara or put on a light coat, you will definitely create a bold look with eye lash extensions. Unlike the spidery false eyelashes your mom and grandma might have worn, today’s lash extensions look much more natural while helping your lashes look thick and luxurious.
If you are new to the lash extension world, check out different varieties online, as well as the accessories you will need, like glue for lash extensions.
If you are planning a glamorous night on the town opt for longer varieties, whereas a cosmic bowling night might call for shorter versions. Practice ahead of time applying them so you will be ready to look bold and beautiful when date night comes.
An eye-catching outfit
If you normally can be found in jeans and a t-shirt and are going to a trendy new bar for appetizers and drinks, Glamour suggests a “Sexy Summer Leather” look, complete with a leather or faux-leather skirt, a light tank and strappy sandals.
A more traditional restaurant might call for black pants or capris with a tuxedo blazer and tailored blouse or striped t-shirt. If you plan on going to a rock concert, go for skinny jeans and a vintage concert t-shirt, and focus more on your makeup for the bold look.
No matter what you decide to do with your honey for date night, you can definitely impress him with a bold look. Experiment with your lipstick and eye shadow and give lash extensions a try, along with an outfit that is different from what you usually wear every day.
You may love the bold look so much, you will end up trying different versions for future dates.
Identity Magazine is all about guiding women to discover their powers of Self-Acceptance, Appreciation, and Personal Achievement. We ask that every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the current article they have written. In that way, and as a team, we hope to encourage and motivate each other, thus inspiring you to Get All A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? Additionally, what are you still working on accepting? Now, we’re not talking about resignation, rather stepping into, embraced, and owned.
I’ve accepted that for the foreseeable future, I will probably never have a home that will be featured in a Martha Stewart magazine—with kids, a hubby and 5 pets we have a lot of “stuff” in our home. I’m still working on accepting that my kids are getting older and some day they will move out….which means maybe I will get a shot at that Martha Stewart photo shoot one day!
2. What have you learned to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? On the other hand OR in contrast, are there elements of who you are that you’re still working on appreciating?
I have learned to appreciate that I’m a good friend to people and that I’m always there for them when I need them. I think I’m still working on appreciating how stepping on Legos at 2 a.m. in bare feet just means you have happy kids in the home who enjoy playing with their toys.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? Tell us not only what makes YOU most proud but also share the goals and dreams that you still have.
My most rewarding achievement by far is being a mom. My two sons make me so proud and I love being with them. As for goals and dreams, I would love to rent an RV one day and drive around the country with my family.
4. Of course, we all have imperfections, or so we think. In truth, we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? Likewise, what imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
My main imperfection that comes to mind is that I’m not great at getting enough rest. I have one son who is an early bird and one who is a night owl and so to spend time with each of them I’m typically up early and up late.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to appreciate and express all the positive traits that make you…well…YOU! In fact, sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (We assure you!) Therefore, Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
A dear friend of mine once told me “You should never say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t say to a best friend or your mom.” I really took this to heart and strive to avoid all negative self-talk, even when said in jest. I love my positive self-talk!