3 Cool-Girl Date Night Looks That Won't Scare Him
Like some of our more "sartorially offensive" fashion choices, we tend to subconsciously sort our more out there beauty looks into a mental folder named "girl beauty". If "girl beauty" is all about the fashion-forward trends our friends can appreciate but men generally find confusing (see: slicked hair and ruby eyeshadow), "boy beauty" is something altogether more classic. Think: the looks you might automatically reach for on date night, like tousled waves or a soft smoky eye. Of course, you can wear what you like when you like, but there do seem to be certain beauty trends men just do.not.understand. That said, there are beauty trends that could fall into either category.
Ahead you'll find three cool-girl looks that strike the balance between edgy and adorable. Not because a woman should ever shortchange her individuality for a man (or anyone), but because sometimes it's nice to hear your dude say, "you look nice", and truly mean it. Keep scrolling to see the looks!
Beauty's love affair with blue eye makeup doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, and we for one are glad about that. Marine gel liner like this one from Nars ($35) makes a welcome change of pace from basic black but it's not so far out of the realm of the regular (in the way that say, hot pink is) to garner a look of confusion from him. Keep the rest of your face pared back to let your statement eyes take centre stage.
Slicked-back hair can come off a little masculine (and that's exactly the point) but that doesn't mean there isn't an iteration that's also a little feminine. The key to keeping things casual is in mixing textures; softly slick back the hair at your crown with pomade ($29), but leave the lengths dry and loose. Try this look with a pretty pink lip and sharply cut blazer to continue the boy/girl theme or opt for something a little darker like...
While most dudes can abide a pink or red lip, in our experience they can be confused by more adventurous colours like black and even brown. A shade somewhere in the middle of kooky and classic like a rich brick red (Studded Kiss from MAC is a great pick, $36) offers the best of both worlds. You'll get all the fashion forward cred of a left-of-centre hue with what's essentially a standard red lipstick.