Simplifying a beauty routine is what I’ve always embraced so I couldn’t be happier to see the “less-is -more” makeup trend on the rise.

It’s all about perfecting your base and letting your skin shine through so you can get back to basics with your makeup products.

Getting ready for Valentine’s, Galentine’s or maybe just a hot date has never been easier and I’m here to give you the list of the bare minimum products you’ll require to look effortlessly chic, without all the bells and whistles of an extensive routine.

MCo Beauty
Sherbert Glow Primer

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A hydrating primer is the first step to date-ready skin. Nourished skin will be packed with moisture, ready for foundation to glide along the skin.

Look for a primer with skin-loving ingredients like aloe vera to soothe any redness and niacinamide to minimise pores.

Tip: If you are prone to oil, simply apply primer to those drier areas of the face.

Rare Beauty
Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter

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For that finishing touch to any date night look, I never look past a highlighter. The multi-functional, genius product can accentuate your cheekbones, brighten your eyes, oozing natural radiance.

Apply a high-pigment, water-proof highlighting cream or powder to enhance skin tone and add that all-over glow to skin.

Tip: If you’re looking for a subtle eye look, lightly brush over your lids for a radiant glow!

Limitless Lash Mascara

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When you are looking for a quick minimal make-up look, a coat of mascara will always do the trick. A dual-ended brush will separate and lengthen lashes, the other adds volume and curls. It’s simply the multi-tasking mascara of my dreams.

Fluff Up Brows

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Natural, full brows are still everywhere and are just perfect for the “less-is-more” look. Get date-night ready with a simple swipe of eyebrow gel that will embrace a natural brow, giving them a full look, but also keeping them at bay.

Tip: Keep a spoolie brush handy in your purse for any quick touch ups on a night out.

Ole Henriksen
Pout Preserve Peptide Lip Treatment

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Full, plump lips without the filler… it’s no wonder the peptide lip treatments are literally popping up everywhere! Thinning lips can be restored with a swipe of a hard-working lip treatment.

Smooth lips are just the beginning when you add a peptide lip treatment to your beauty bag. Not only will it hydrate but works to also restore volume, resulting in plumper lips, perfect for date night.

Tip: Gloss up a matte lip look with a touch of lip balm after lipstick application

Charlottle Tilbury
Hot Lips 2 Lipstick – Patsy Red

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The timeless red lip is a beauty bag staple and a glamourous red lip on date night is a sure-fire way to make an instant statement.

If you are looking for buildable colour, stick to a matte finish.

By Genevieve Reynolds

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