Having an eco-friendly makeup collection can be a very sexy thing to share with a potential beau on a first date. Makeup has often been a tool over the centuries that most women have used to “peacock” in the human mating dance that is dating. And what is popularly promoted and publications like magazines, TV shows, and advertisements is the sight of women with very obvious and heavy makeup that is meant to be noticed and (hopefully) admired and desired.
But what may come as a surprise to many who buy into these marketing ploys, is that in real life most people prefer a more realistic version of the person they’re dating at first, so that they know what they’re getting themselves into in the long-term. The idea of deception and being tricked into being attracted to someone or believing that each person is presenting an honest representation of what they’re truly like on a daily basis on a first date is considered a faux pas and desperate.
And, if you go on a date wearing makeup that is not only flattering but functional and eco-friendly, you get Instant “Attraction Points”.
Dating with Sensitive Skin or Eczema
I have eczema and one of the great hidden gems that it gave me was forcing me to find more hypoallergenic makeup that is safe for my sensitive skin while still allowing me to play in the world of beauty. Every time I have gone on a first date and shared that I have sensitive skin so I only wear makeup products that are eco-friendly and cruelty-free, that usually gets a lot of head nodding, approval, and respect (for my health-consciousness). It really impressed my date for me to care about my skin and make the effort to find healthier ingredients for it. This can also convey depth of personality because if nothing else at least you’re health-conscious and are more selective about what you purchase other than how it makes you look.
Edible Organic Lipstick Makes the Date More Exciting
Another great benefit from using eco-friendly products is that you can confidently tell your date that any makeup that you’re wearing is safe (or safer) to consume (whether accidentally or otherwise) assuming that it is also organic since it’s made with primarily all natural ingredients that have familiar and safe-sounding names like rose, mango butter, and avocado oil, to name a few.
And if you are attracted to the other person, at this point in the date, you can smile or make some kind of motion toward your mouth to hint that this means that whatever lipstick, lip gloss or other lip products you’re wearing right now is going to be super safe to consume if you end up kissing or making out later on. I find that dates really enjoy finding out this kind of information and are very curious to try it out at the end of the first or third date or whatever date I feel ready to try a kiss if I allow it. Let’s just say by the end of the night I usually have to reapply my lip product. Hehe! But, I may also still need to reapply it if they liked the flavor of my lip product that night.
Usually, I like to wear lipstick with flavors made with berries, chocolate or coconut oil mostly for myself. If they happen to like it, too, then that’s another bonus point. The texture of these types of plants also tends to be a lot more smooth and don’t take away from the natural texture of well-moisturized lips.
So, there is still value in effort into putting oneself together and use makeup in a way that genuinely enhances your natural beauty without getting to the point of on recognizability.
Eco-Friendly Cosmetics to Try
Below are some awesome products and tips for applying eco-friendly cosmetics that can help you impress your first date while still giving an authentic representation of yourself. You don’t want your date to be super surprised if they encounter you not wearing makeup, and you can tell whether or not they’re sincerely attracted to you for your natural features and not just an ideal fantasy image you’re projecting through flawless makeup application.
I really love this mascara for a more natural look. It offers definition well also conditioning your lashes so over time you’ll actually notice that your lashes will grow out longer and thicker on their own. Plus, this mascara smells really delicious considering that it’s made with all organic ingredients. Telling this to your date about the functional and fashionable benefit of your makeup is both educational for them, makes makeup seem like more than just a hobby.
Brown & Black Eyeliner
Mineral Fusion and Lavera make some amazing brown and black eyeliners that you can use to enhance your lash line and lightly blend out with a fluffy brush or pencil brush for a subtle smokey effect. Their formulas are creamy and contain lash enhancing benefits as well. Browns and blacks are a pretty and universally flattering color for most eye colors that can offer definition in a believable way that will get your date noticing the windows to your soul.
Another product that you can use to enhance your natural beauty is RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek cream colors. I really like their warmer pink colors in Demure and Smile. Those are pretty versatile blush tone colors that blend really well on the cheekbones for a light flush or develop as a tinted lip balm for your lips which is very moisturizing, smooth and kissable.
Pacifica Power of Love Lipstick
Pacifica also makes some really nice lipsticks in their Power of Love Lipstick collection. You can go for their lipstick in Super Love if you want a super bright red color. But if you would like to play it cool you could also go for more subtle natural pink tone like Tender Heart.
When it comes to your skin, you should be aware that your date might have encountered a foundation incident on previous dates (while wearing a white shirt), so keeping your foundation as light as possible will not only help prevent transfer but will also allow your natural beauty to shine through. Sephora carries an eco-friendly brand called ILIA, which also received the “Clean at Sephora” badge for being free of unwanted ingredients.
With a semi-matte formula and soothing botanicals to top the ingredients list, this is a good-for-your-skin gem that you will need to try!
In the end, when it comes to dating, it’s important to be true to yourself and your style. Most people appreciate natural beauty and consider it a breath of fresh air when someone looks in person exactly the way they look on their profile picture on whatever website or platform they’re on. Anyone who is truly into you and loves you will love you with or without a ton of makeup on.
Terry Alabata is a 7-year experienced makeup artist and hairstylist and the Bay Area’s premiere beauty artist specializing in eco-friendly and cruelty-free makeovers. Her passion for makeup and hair grew from a desire to find safe, hypoallergenic options for people with sensitive skin and eczema, like her.