be a date night beauty


source: Liz Von Hoene for Nordstroms 


We’re going to talk about date looks, but trust me when I say we’re not going to talk about the whole “here are beauty looks guys like so do this” thing. I’m a firm believer in wearing and rocking what you like–trust me when I tell you the guy you like will love it either way.


We are, however, going to talk about not overdoing it on Valentine’s Day–or any other date night. It hurts my heart when I see otherwise gorgeous girls caking on the foundation and piling on the bronzer for a night out with their guy, only to find that the cute-in-the-movies head on the shoulder moment turns not so cute when your guy’s shirt becomes orange. This Valentine’s Day, opt for a little sumthin’ sumthin’ like this:



Romantic, Retro Waves: These pretty curls are a step up from a normal straight or tousled look, but they stay out of that “too dolled up” territory. Keep ‘em soft and simple, and please–go easy on the hairspray. No guy wants to hear a distinct crunch when they go in for a hug! If you’re looking for a simple, easy tutorial, The Beauty Department has a great one. I plan on trying it myself for the blog once my hair grows a few inches (sigh!).



Soft, Pretty Makeup: When in doubt, go natural. A guy is out on a date with you to see you, not you and your entire Sephora collection. Choose a glow-y foundation (I love Make Up Forever’s Invisible Cover Foundation), a touch of blush and a good dose of mascara and you’re set. If you’re a perfume girl, spritz it on, don’t soak in it. And because I’ve never met a guy who looks good with a red lip (unless it’s from a 7-Eleven slushy), don’t rock a serious shade if you plan on a little kissing (which uh, you should). Go natural with a light cream lipstick or tint–something like Revlon’s Just Bitten Stain in Sweetheart is perfect!


What are your date beauty do’s and don’ts? Do share!


  • Sweet Perdition

    un post genial! me gusta tu blog!

  • Amy Fohr

    I don’t think I have any beauty date night tips, I dress more or less the same. Love those retro waves!

    xx Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

    • Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  • Alison

    Those waves are just so pretty and romantic!

    • Alyssa

      Aren’t they? I love them too!

  • Emily

    Light waves are probably my most favorite hairstyle ever. You’re right on with that look being the perfect date night look!

    Isn’t That Charming.

    • Alyssa

      They’re just so understated and sexy, right?!

  • Elisa Smith

    me: don’t leave the house without mascara!

    • Alyssa

      I agree–that’s a must for me too!

  • Amy Breckenridge

    “A guy is out on a date with you to seeyou, not you and your entire Sephora collection”
    this so so true…makeup is about playing up your features, not covering them! :) great advice!

    • Alyssa

      Aw, thanks so much Amy!

  • Kristina Anderson

    I love those retro hairstyles! And I’ve learned not to wear intense lipstick for date nights, my boy does not like it when his lips turn pink too!


    Kristina does the Internets

    • Alyssa

      Haha too funny–you’re so right, though!

  • Feathers & Freckles

    I definitely think less is more in terms of makeup!

    • Alyssa

      Me too :)

  • fromproseccotoplaid

    Oooh those retro waves. LOVE! So glamorous without overdoing it.
    xo, Julie

    • Alyssa

      Perfect, right?! I want to wear my hair like this ASAP!

  • Natalie Seufferlein

    beautiful photos~ love the top left hair style!

    • Alyssa

      That’s my favorite too!

  • Always Maylee

    I think looking natural with a few hints of something special (like curled hair, or a fun lip color) is the best way to go. I think guys appreciate a woman’s natural beauty!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • Alyssa

      Agreed, I couldn’t have said it better! :)

  • McKenna Lou

    I love the hair!! I am definitely going to check out that tutorial. xx. McKenna Lou

    • Alyssa

      Definitely do it–it seems really straight forward!

  • Olivia

    I love Makeup Forever’s foundation AND Revlon’s balm stain in Sweetheart! Great tips :)

    xo Olivia
    go for the glam

    • Alyssa

      Thank you so much!

  • chelsiemoss

    my pet peeve is when a gorgeous girls overdo their eyeliner! love the looks you pulled! x

    • Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Chels!

  • Maria

    Retro waves are my favorite trend as of late! For dates, I used to be all about the bold lip. Now I just go for glowing skin, a blushy lipstick, and a sexy cat eye. Meeee-ow.


    • Alyssa

      Meee-ow…kill it, gf!

  • Olivia TLGOY

    Love the retro pretty and romantic!

    xo Olivia

    This Looks Good On You

    • Alyssa

      Thanks so much, Olivia! xo

  • Jen

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to do retro waves! When I was searching for wedding hairstyles it was always one that looked so classy and chic! Now I just need to figure it out so I can rock it for Valentines!

    xo jen

    • Alyssa

      You have awesome hair, I bet it would look gorgeous!

  • Rebecca

    Such beautiful soft romantic looks! The retro waves look amazing! I am all about the more soft makeup!


    • Alyssa

      Thanks so much! I’m on the hunt for a nice, understated lipstick–let me know if you know of one!

  • Amy Bishop

    lol!! “not your entire Sephora collection” I was laughing so hard!! thanks:)

    • Alyssa

      Haha aw, thank you :)

  • Tanya Jean

    I’m definitely all about the romantic retro waves! The first one is absolutely stunning!!!
    xo TJ

    • Alyssa

      I love that one too!

  • withluckblog

    Oh I love the soft pretty waves! The girl with the short hair is actually my favorite look! I hope you try it out sooner rather than later!

    • Alyssa

      I have a friend’s birthday coming this week, I think I’m going to try it when we go out!

  • Jackie Saffert

    I agree, some girls completely overdo it with make-up. Make-up should be tasteful and used to highlight your best features, not to completely disguise your face.

    That being said, these ladies look wonderful! I mean, how gorgeous is the wavy hair in these photos? So pretty! And I love the make-up, too. The perfect subtle, romantic colors.

    • Alyssa

      Highlighting your best features–I couldn’t have said it better! Thanks for stopping by, Jackie!

  • Bree

    Great date look ideas! I definitely agree, romantic soft waves are the best and subtle sweet makeup always look romantic and fresh!

    xoxo Bree

    The Urban Umbrella

    • Alyssa

      Couldn’t agree more :)

  • amylshaughnessy

    The only thing I like to do out of the norm is a heavier smokey eye or maybe bright lipstick but never at the same time. I love natural looking curly hair! Mine can’t seem to stay curled anymore.


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

    • Alyssa

      My friend has the same problem–you should try Frederic Fekkai’s hair spray–it’s the best I’ve used!

  • Sofia

    Love these ideas. Great blog!

    If you get a sec, check out my latest look ‘Structured Stripes’.

    Stay beautiful,


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    Thank you.

    • Alyssa

      Thanks so much!

  • Michaela Warner

    Love those romantic retro curls. Need to learn that asap!!!

    • Alyssa

      I know–I feel like they would look gorgeous on you. You have perfect hair lady!

  • Richelle from Lynn + Lou

    I love those soft cosmetic looks. I’m getting better about lessening my eye color and just let my natural color come through.

    • Alyssa

      I’ve never really been one to wear eye shadow, so on most nights I’m trying to wear a bit more–just not on date nights!

  • Kate

    love the waves and the natural make up, really nice post:)

    xx Kate

    The Style

    • Alyssa

      Thank you so much, Kate!

  • Lacey Garcia

    I love the soft makeup looks. I sometimes think I over do my makeup and I’ve been working on cutting back. I may or may not have a makeup problem.

    • Alyssa

      I have a makeup problem, too! Mine is more I just have too much instead of wearing too much, but still an issue!

  • Jamie-Lee Burns

    I really like these fresh make up looks! x

    • Alyssa

      Me too, especially on date-centric holidays. Thanks for stopping by!

  • AshNFashn

    Love those pretty waves. Great makeup looks too!

    xo Ashley

    • Alyssa

      Thanks, Ashley!

  • Kacie Ellis

    These looks are so pretty! Gorgeous wavy hair!

    • Alyssa

      So pretty, right?! Thanks for stopping by, Kacie :)

  • chelsea sallee

    I’m a huge fan of romantic waves, I just wish I could do my own hair!

    • Alyssa

      Me too! I plan on trying a tutorial when my hair gets a bit longer!

  • Elle

    Love the soft, pretty makeup looks! I’m a big fan of glow-y foundations (YSL touche eclat and Le Metier de Beaute peau vierge) and well defined lashes :)

    • Alyssa

      Oh, I’ve never tried either of those. I’m all about glow-y, so I’m going to have to try those out!

  • Maya McDonald

    I love those perfect romantic waves! I’m still struggling to grow out my hair, but when I do – I’m going to have to give it a try {although, it always turns out to not look quite as fabulous, haha}. Thanks for the inspiration!



    • Alyssa

      I’m sure it would look amazing on you, Maya! I love your short hair, though!

  • GiovannaPacini

    Love love love the Retro waves!! I must try that hairstyle! Obsessed!


    • Alyssa

      I feel like it would look fabulous on you, Giovanna!

  • Stephanie

    Pretty waves! Makes me want to grow my hair out a bit. Those Revlon Stains remind me of the Clinique Chubby Sticks I use… I love how it looks like a huge crayon! :)

    • Alyssa

      Me too! I love buying things with cute packaging haha

  • Jacy Tilton

    Love these ideas! I’m a little hair challenged, but the makeup looks are amazing and also doable. I’m definitely a firm believer in not overdoing it on dates! My boyfriend says he likes less makeup better than more anyway :)


    • Alyssa

      I think all boys do! Every guy I’ve ever asked loves a girl more natural than overdone–which is actually nice to hear!

  • Vogue and Heels

    Love the retro waves! I wish they will work with my hair because I think it will be a great hair style!


    • Alyssa

      They’re hard to master–I still have a hard time with them!

  • Sarah Helfgott

    Love these looks! V-Day really is the best time to look natural, and like yourself :)

    • Alyssa

      I completely agree, Sarah. Thanks for reading! xx

  • Alyssa

    I know! I just chopped mine all off, so now I’m working on ways to do my hair short and pretty–it’s a challenge!

  • Alyssa

    Me too, I wish I had an unlimited beauty supply budget, don’t you?

  • Alyssa

    You’re so right–I’ve been making an effort to exfoliate more lately!

  • Alyssa

    Totally agree, Corbynn! :)