Date Night Hair and Makeup in Under 30 Minutes

February 17, 2017


Date Night Hair and Makeup in under 30 minutes

Look at this hairstyle, you guys! It looks complicated, right? I’m telling you it is beyond easy! Yes, I say that even though my friend Kim from Nicol Artistry was the one that did it for these photos, but I’ve been able to recreate it myself. Promise! Which is why I’m sharing how to do your date night hair and makeup in under 30 minutes. Because, while it’s easy, it’s also super fast! And isn’t that important when you have a date waiting?

Date Night Hair and Makeup in Under 30 Minutes

STEP 1// Curl you hair! Add lots of spiral curls. They don’t need to be perfect because you’ll braid them but you want the thickness and volume from the curled hair. My favorite wand is the T3 Wand Trio. It’s a little more expensive but you get three wands and they’re the best I’ve used in years {I talk more about it in my Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products of 2016 post}. It also curls really quickly and effectively so I save a lot of time here. Usually, I’m done in 10-15 minutes! For a look like this, I would use the 1″ straight barrel.

hair curls lots of spiral curls

STEP 2// Flip your hair upside down a couple times to break up the curls and add a little more body! Spray with a texturizing spray. This one from Kristin Ess’s new line for Target is gold! It adds the perfect messy, lived-in look. Plus, it’s a much much better deal than this cult favorite.

STEP 3// Take two pieces by the crown of your head and twist them back, pinning to secure them in place.

STEP 4// Start your fishtail! Divide the hair into two sections. Separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the left ponytail. Pull this piece across the top of the left pony and over to the right ponytail. Next, separate a half-inch section of hair from the outside of the right ponytail and pull it across the top of the right pony to the left side. Repeat until you get to the top of your shoulders. Secure with an elastic. Wrap and pin a piece of hair to hide the elastic.

Messy Fishtail Braid

STEP 5// Mess it up! Pull at the braid a little bit to loosen it. You want the braid to be a little messy and natural. Pulling at the braid’s sections will make it a little more full too.

how to do a messy fishtail braidtrick to achieving a messy fishtail braid

and now for the makeup,

STEP 1// Foundation. We used the Dior Airflash Foundation here which has great coverage. For everyday, though, I’ve been using this Burt’s Bees BB Cream and I love it! It’s light but still covers well.

STEP 2// Apply Eyeshadow- We used a combo of NARS shades with Albatross as a base, and layered with Alhambra and Galapagos. We added a little sparkle with the Revlon Eye Art Base in Topaz Twinkle.

smoky date night eye makeup

STEP 3// Skip the eyeliner on the bottom and opt for some lashes on top instead. The Ardell Demi Wispies are always a good choice!

STEP 4// Blush- Apply blush just on the apples of the cheeks. And be careful not to overdo it! We used NARS Blush in Goulue.

STEP 5// If you want to give your brows some shape, try the Sephora Eyebrow Editor in Nutmeg. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is also amazing!

Date Night Makeup in Under 20 Minutes

STEP 6// Lipstick! Always add lipstick for a date night. You can let it kiss off later 😉 We used Smashbox Stepping Out. Adding this to my lipstick wishlist stat!

Date Night Ready in Under 20 Minutes

There you have it! I’d love to know what you think if you try this look. Maybe for a belated Valentine’s Day dinner? It would be a stunner for a girls’ night too!

I’d also love to hear if you have any hair/makeup requests! I love working with Kim from Nicol Artistry on these. You can see our Halloween tutorial we did for Galactic Girl, along with our Feminine Holiday Makeup Tutorial. The latter was a base for this look!

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks so much for reading!


dress details

makeup and hair by Nicol Artistry

photos by Kimber Brown


  • м♥ м

    you are always on point! Being that pretty surely help 🙂

  • Natali

    Oh my, you’re such a gorgeous princess! LOVE your hairdo and make up! I might try both on my date night today!

    • if you try it let me know how it goes! I hope I explained it well enough!!

      • Natali

        I def. will! 🙂

  • Gorgeous look! I could probably recreate the makeup, but I’m hopeless when it comes to braiding! Maybe I’ll find a friend to try that style on me 🙂

    xo, Carey

  • Love this hair and make-up look, it looks amazing!

    Rachael xx.

    • So glad you like it Rachael! We had a lot of fun with it!

  • Beautiful!:P

    Shall We Sasa

  • Mallory Thompson

    You are such a beauty! Love this hairstyle and will be trying it out soon—here’s hoping all my millions of layers will cooperate! 🙂

    • aw good luck!! If you have any layers that pop out you can try pinning them in with a bobby pin. Hopefully curling beforehand will help though!!

  • Huong Vo

    I LOVE this hairstyle, Mara! Your makeup is so beautiful too. I haven’t done a fishtail braid in so long, so this may just be the look I’ll try and recreate this weekend. We’ll see. I heard SO much about the T3 products, but I just can’t seem to pull the trigger just yet. I’d love to see minimal/fast makeup routines for those of us constantly darting out the door and for hair too! Aside from the typical ponytail, I’m looking for quick ways to look put together without having to take so much time doing it. Hope it’s not a huge request, lol!

    She Sweats Diamonds

    • ooh please try it and let me know how it goes!! And thanks for the minimal/fast routine! I love that idea! Maybe 5 easy on-the-go hairstyles, that aren’t just a ponytail? I’ll add that to my calendar!!

  • This look is stunning! Bummer about the lipstick – it looks like the perfect shade. However, the other suggestion you made looks pretty too 🙂

  • I’m in love with this look, especially your hair!


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