Is the future love of your life/father of your unborn children busy planning the first date of your dreams tonight, horse-drawn carriage and all? No? Oh well. Even if your date tonight is just a pity date to the neighborhood watering hole, you’ll still want to look your best. But looking your best for a first date is all about balance. You don’t want the guy knowing you were primping for hours, sending about 100 selfies to your best friends for second opinions on your makeup, hair and outfit. But you also don’t want to look like you didn’t try at all. With the help of beauty guru Elyse Reneau, we’ve found the perfect middle ground. Hurry up, Mr. Right* is on his way! (*Mr. Right, also known as Mr. Right Now, depending on the guy) first date makeup

Step 1: Eyes (for the sultry eye contact)

Use an eye shadow primer on your eyelids. This way, you’ll know your makeup will last as long as the date does — and maybe longer. Apply a gold or bronze shimmery eye shadow up to the top of the creases, and then dust that same color along the bottom lash line. For a bit of definition, use a blending eye shadow brush to apply a brown shadow just a bit darker than the first one into the crease of the eyelid, blending very well. Use black gel eyeliner and an angled brush to tightline your top and bottom lash line, and finish it off with a lengthening black waterproof mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. And don’t forget to fill in the brows for a full, glamorous look. Product Picks: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Lancôme Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Amour, Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black, Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Waterproof Mascara  

Step 2: Face (for that perfect healthy glow)

Apply a light-coverage foundation with a sponge and conceal where needed. Use a sculpting powder or bronzer to contour the shadows of your face and follow up with a highlighter to give yourself that dreamy, subtle glow. Product Picks: Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder and The Celestial Powder  

Step 3: Cheeks (so you at least look like you’re blushing)

Use a blush brush to sweep a peachy shade of blush across the apples of your cheeks, blending up to the cheekbone slightly toward the ears. Product Pick: Lancôme Blush Subtil in Blushing Tresor

Step 4: Lips (so they’re kissable!)

Apply a peach lip liner to outline the shape of the lips, then fill them in using the liner. This will help ensure the color stays on all throughout dinner and drinks (should you stick around that long). Top it off with a matching lightweight peach lipstick and a touch of nude gloss in the center of your pout. Product Picks: Lancôme Le Lipstique Lip Colouring Stick with Brush in Inspire, L’Oréal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Peach Fuzz, Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Streak    

What’s your favorite date night look?
Let us know in the comments!  

Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography

Hair and Makeup: Elyse Reneau
Model: Jessyca Dewey