We might have passed New Year’s Eve already, but there are still plenty of reasons to practice your makeup and get all glammed up! Valentine’s Day, for example, is just around the corner. Who says you need an excuse to make yourself feel fancy, though? We like to pain a pretty face for any night out, but our favourite time to really go wild with our style is for a girls’ night out!
Check out these 12 gorgeous makeup looks that are easy to accomplish yourself and perfect for going out with your friends and both looking and feeling your best.
1. Brows and bright lips
Are you a big fan of choosing one or two facial features and really making sure they stand out, keeping the rest of your makeup quite neutral and natural? Then follow Chelsea Hernandez‘s lead and amp up your brows and lips! You’ll still create a lovely sparkling eye and get your contour on, but this is the time for arches and pouts to shine.
2. Flawless skin and deep lips
Is flawless skin your top priority tonight when you’re out with your friends? Makeup is, after all, one of the greatest tools for building confidence in your image no matter what condition your skin is in! My Pale Skin shows you how to cover blemishes and perfectly blend your foundation so you can spend your night worrying about things other than whether people have noticed that your nose is red or the area under your eyes is a little dark right now.
3. Soft smokey eyes
Some people balk a little when they hear the term “smoky eye” because they immediately start picturing very dark, dramatic styles with lots of deep black shadow. Staci Durham is here to show you, however, that that doesn’t have to be the case! This light smoky eye blends a subtle black corner with a shimmering champagne shadow for a similar idea but with a lighter effect.
4. Pink lips and a smoky outer corner
Perhaps you loved the idea of a lighter lid with a smoky outer corner, but you still want to throw some colour into the mix? Rather than getting too complicated with the eyes, save that colour pop for the lips instead! We love the idea of combining smoked out corners with a bright pink attitude-filled lipstick, just like the one Pink Heels, Pink Truck used here.
5. Copper and burgundy
Perhaps the look you had in mind is a little more on the “vamp” side of things, like you might see in old Hollywood glamour films? Then a deep red lip is an absolute must! ItsSteephh also suggests framing your eyes with a copper colour that contrasts the tone of your burgundy lip well, making the whole look cohesive and pretty.
6. Bright pink accents
Did you know that you can make very bright looks cohesive as well? Believe it or not, it’s easy to do without looking too garish or gaudy in your use of colours! Karima McKimmie suggests first choosing the bright lip colour you’d like to feature all night and then matching your eyes to your pout by blending the same or a similar colour right in the inner corners of your eyes for just a pinch of drama.
7. Soft, smoky pink
Are you still looking for ways to incorporate pink into your look, but you’d like something more dramatic than the soft pink smoky eye we showed you above? Then don’t be scared to get a little bit more intense with your pinks! As long as you blend will and smoke the black shadow out effectively along with the pink, Melissa Samways assures you that the effect will make you look stylish and fun rather than like you’ve been crying.