1. Create a glow
For a lit-from-within radiance, apply a liquid highlighter under your foundation. “The combo lets just enough shimmer through for a natural-looking glow,” says Cory Bishop, Temptu makeup artist. We like the dual-purpose Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight ($32, Sephora).
2. Deepen your blush
Re-create a first-date flush by using a cheek color that’s one shade darker than your everyday hue. “Blush should be more dramatic for evening, especially if you’ll be in a dimly lit place,” says Bishop. If your go-to shade is a rosy pink, try MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Dollymix ($19.50, MAC stores).
3. Color in the lines
Give tired eyes a lift at the end of a long day with a plum or green liner, says Bishop. Try Sonia Kashuk Eye Definer in Purple Passion or Olive Suede ($6, Target). “Their blue undertones make the whites of your eyes pop so you look fresh and awake,” he explains. “Black only accentuates undereye circles.”
4. Hold the hairspray
Nothing is a bigger turnoff than helmet head. “You want your hair to be touchably soft, even if it means a few strands are out of place,” says hairstylist Chaz Dean, creator of Wen hair and body care. So skip hairspray and use a finishing cream to smooth strands and add shine. Try John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Crème ($6, drugstores).
5. Keep lips kissable
Ditch the intimidating red lipstick and aim for soft, natural-looking lips. “Choose a soft pink or berry hue no more than two shades darker than your lip color,” says makeup artist Neil Scibelli. A creamy formulation, like Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 14 ($5.50, drugstores), helps lips look fuller, too.