How to Create a Romantic Eyeshadow Look
It’s officially February, which means Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. February 14 marks one of the most romantic days of the year—and while you’re preparing the perfect gift, scheduling your pre-date hair appointment, or booking reservations, don’t forget one crucial detail of your night: Your eye makeup.
This week on The Arch, we’re breaking down five of the best romantic eyeshadow looks you can try and the palettes you need to create them. Whether you’re heading out for dinner and drinks at an upscale restaurant or enjoying a chill night in, read on to find out how your makeup can set the mood for any occasion.
What Is a Romantic Look for Eyes?
When creating your romantic makeup looks, consider going bold with a vivid red mixed with earthy tones. If you want a softer, more neutral look with a pop of color, you can add pops of soft pink and mauve.
Ready to get started? From sultry smokey eyes to soft, subtle glam, read on for the best romantic date-night makeup ideas to try.
Romantic Date-Night-Makeup Ideas
Soft and Subtle
In search of a low-key eyeshadow look that works from day to night? This classic, subtle style created using our Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette will be your perfect match.
Get The Look:
1. Begin by priming your lids with Eye Primer. This step preps the eyes for eyeshadow while also creating an all-over brightening effect.
2. Sweep and diffuse shade Orange Soda into your crease using A10 Pro Brush.
3. Next, pick up shade Rustic with a tapered blending brush like A25 Pro Brush to deepen and define the outer part of your crease. Pro tip: Work with small amounts of pigment at a time to ensure that you achieve the most seamless blend possible. Use our A14 Pro Pencil Brush to diffuse the same shades you used on your lid across the lower lash line.
4. Use a medium shader brush like A13 Pro Brush to press shade Glistening onto the lid. Pro tip: After picking up Glistening with your brush, mist brush with Dewy Set Setting Spray to help maximize the intensity of the shimmer reflect, then apply.
5. Use our small firm shader brush A27 Pro Brush to apply a pop of the shade Tempera onto your waterline and inner corner to give the look added brightness. You can also use Pro Pencil for this step to create the same effect.
6. Apply a black liquid liner like our Liquid Liner to your upper lash line. This matte true-black liquid liner is waterproof, highly pigmented, and glides on evenly to deliver precise lines with ease.
Red Smokey Eye
High heels, red dress and a red smokey eyeshadow look to match—what could be more perfect for a romantic date night out? If there’s one romantic eyeshadow palette you need in your collection, it’s our Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette.
Get The Look:
1: Begin by prepping your lids with our Eye Primer. This water-resistant eye primer creates the perfect canvas for matte and shimmer eyeshadows. The light-colored base also helps to enhance vibrancy and color payoff. Apply a small amount of product with your fingertips or use a brush like our Brush 18 Precise Conceal Brush.
2: Use a crease blending brush like our A26 Pro Brush to apply shade Golden Ochre to your crease.
3: Using the same brush, pick up shade Raw Sienna and deepen your outer crease. Be sure to buff and blend the two shades together for a seamless look. Bring both shades down to your lower lash line.
4: Pick up shade Realgar with our large shadow brush A16 Pro Brush and apply all over the lid. Then, use A26 Pro Brush again to buff out any harsh edges and blend the crease color with your lid color.
5: Repeat step four, this time picking up shade Red Ochre on your brush. Pack on small amounts of pigment at a time until you reach your desired intensity.
6: Using our A14 Pro Pencil Brush, pop shade Tempera into your inner corner to brighten your look. You can also use this shade to highlight your brow bone.
Wine and Dine
Why not let your favorite glass of vino inspire your eyeshadow? Grab your Subculture Eyeshadow Palette and follow this tutorial for the date night eye makeup of your dreams.
Get The Look:
1: Kick things off by priming your lids with our Eye Primer.
2: Use our diffuser brush A10 Pro Brush and apply shade Mercury to your crease as a transition color.
3: Deepen your crease and outer corner with shade All Star using our small blending brush A5 Pro Brush. Use A10 Pro Brush again to buff and blend the two colors for a seamless look. Bring the shades Mercury and All Star down to the lower lash line.
4: Using the flat end of the dual-sided brush from the palette, pack shade Cube onto your lid from the center to the inner corner.
Soft Pink Halo Eye
Thinking pink this V-Day? Us too! Stick with a soft yet sultry pink halo eye for a date night makeup look that gets you into the festive spirit. For this look, you’ll need our Norvina Eyeshadow Palette.
Get The Look:
1: Prime your lids with our Eye Primer. Apply shade Base using our large shadow brush A16 Pro Brush to base out the lid.
2: Use our diffuser brush A10 Pro Brush to apply shade Incense to your crease as a transition color. Bring down to the lower lash line.
3: Next, it’s time to start creating a halo effect. Pick up shade Love with the flat side of the dual-ended brush included in the palette. Apply the shade to the inner and outer thirds of your lid. Be sure to keep the center of the lid completely free of pigment. Bring down to the lower lash line.
4: Go back in with a small contour brush like our A12 Pro Brush to blend out the edges of the transition color and lid color together for a seamless effect.
5: Now, it’s time to create the focal point of your entire look: The shimmer. Take our small firm shader brush A27 Pro Brush and pack shade Rose Gold onto the center of your lid. Pro tip: After picking up Rose Gold with your brush, mist brush with Dewy Set Setting Spray for a more intense color payoff.
6: Highlight and brighten the inner corner of your eye with shade Dreamer.
7: Line the upper lash line with a black eyeliner (like our Liquid Liner) and pop on a set of our False Lashes. For this look, opt for a flirtatious set like Dreamy.
Golden eyeshadow sets the mood for any date-night scene. A golden cut crease is bold, complements any eye color and is wearable with any outfit—what’s not to love? If you want to try a romantic golden cat-eye, grab your Riviera Palette and read on for a step-by-step guide.
Get The Look:
1: Prime your lids with our Eye Primer.
2: Use our diffuser brush A10 Pro Brush to apply shade Cabana into your crease as a transition color. Bring down to the lower lash line.
3: Next, use our small blending brush A5 Pro Brush and shade Yacht to deepen your crease and outer corner of your eye. Go back in with A10 Pro Brush to seamlessly blend the two shades together. Bring this shade down to the lower lash line.
4: Pick up shade Inheritance using our small firm shader brush A27 Pro Brush. Pack the color from the center to the inner corner of your lid.
5: Apply a black winged eyeliner using Jet Waterproof Crème Color and pop on a set of False Lashes. For this look, try our Snasy set.
How to Complete Your Romantic Makeup Look
Once your skin is primed, it’s time to choose a foundation. Amp up your date-night glow with our Luminous Foundation. This medium-coverage foundation is long-wearing and creates a luminous, natural finish.
After your foundation is perfectly blended, buff concealer onto your under-eye area. Use a setting powder like our Loose Setting Powder to perfect, brighten and set makeup in place with ease. Then, choose complementary shades of Blush and Bronzer to sculpt your face to perfection. Finish your complexion routine with a highlighter like our Liquid Glow.
Whether you like to sculpt your brows before or after you apply your eyeshadow, no romantic eye look is complete without a flawless brow. Use our DIPBROW® Pomade to fill and detail brows.