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Insta-smoldering trends perfect for date night

Got a hot date? Of course you do! After all, summer is the time for lovin’, and dates are the perfect opportunity to get all dolled up with the latest seasonal makeup trends.

Are you going to an outdoor concert? Maybe you’re going to a cocktail party or good old dinner and a movie on a rainy night. No matter where your date brings you, you’ll be ready to look fabulous with these makeup tips.

Heading to an outdoor concert or festival

Summer is the season for outdoor events, and they make perfect dates (props to your man for his choice!) If you and your date are headed to a concert or festival outside, there are a few considerations to make and trends to try.

Trend to try: Orchid eyeshadow is one of the hottest trends this summer, and it gives off a “cool” vibe that is absolutely perfect for an outdoor concert. Apply a sheer coat of this over your upper lid, being careful not to extend the color past your crease. Try Urban Decay’s “Flash” for a lovely texture and just enough shimmer.

Considerations: If your outdoor date is going to be under the sweltering sun, you should make some special considerations to ensure your makeup can handle the heat. Not only should you wear a face primer under all of your makeup, you should start your eye makeup application with an eye primer to make sure that lovely orchid shade stays in place.

Attending a classy cocktail party

Cocktail parties in the summer are the best – whether you’re setting out on a sunset boat cruise or toasting to your newly-engaged friends at their engagement party, there are some trends perfect for a cocktail party with your man.

Trend to try: Sparkly nail polish is always fun for a fancy evening event, but this summer, opt for a trendy take on this style by choosing a color like fuchsia or teal. This is perfect for a cocktail party because everyone will see the sparkles as you hold your drink. Make sure the polish packs a glittery punch! One like “I’m So Sari!” from Sephora by OPI would fit the bill perfectly.

Considerations: Try not to match your nail color with your cocktail dress. Choosing a complementary shade with fun, chunky cocktail rings is the perfect way to look fabulous.

Good old dinner and a movie

Hey, summer has rainy days too, but that’s no excuse not to look great for a date. Whether you and your man are staying in or heading out to the theater, you can still give this old-fashioned date a trendy twist with your makeup.

Trend to try: Because it’s probably a little gloomy outside, a rainy day date is the perfect opportunity to light up your face. Coral blush is super on-trend this summer, and wearing this hue with some bronzer is sure to counteract that nasty weather outside. Sweep this shade on the apples of your cheeks and up toward your temples for an irresistible glow that will make you look fabulously flushed. Laura Mercier’s “Lush Nectarine” blush is a perfect option.

Considerations to make: Don’t wear anything with too much shimmer, because overcast skies tend to create bright light that might make the blush look a little brash. Choose a matte color and sweep some shimmer on your eyelids if you want a special glow. You also might want to stick to powder blush instead of cream if the weather is a little humid and sticky already.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing