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Dial up your glamour factor with beauty editor Emma Robertson’s tips for romantic hair and make-up. These pampering products will make you feel as gorgeous as you look

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1. Lip sync your look

If the classic date night red lippy is too bold for you, try Rosie for Autograph Lipstick in Look of Love, £14. A more wearable grown-up pink, it has all the wow-factor without straying too far from your comfort zone.

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Rosie for Autograph Lipstick in Look of Love

2. Go with the glow

Even if you’re past the point of first-date blushes, your glow should look real, instead of helped by a compact. Autograph Pure Luxe Multi-Blusher, £12.50, does this brilliantly with its soft rosy flush of colour offset by a sheer shot of shimmer.

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Autograph Pure Luxe Multi-Blusher

3. Plump up your lips

Luscious lips are always irresistible, so pucker up with Pixi Lip Lift Max, £12, loaded with plumping and hydrating peptides. Use alone or over lipstick, then stash it in your clutch for touch-ups if kissing is on the cards.

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Pixi Lip Lift Max

4. Show your skin some love

All great make-up looks start with a gorgeous complexion. A-list approved Glamglow Tinglexfoliate Treatment, £25, is an instant win for skin – a one-stop mask that brightens, tightens and smooths in 10 minutes.

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Glam Glow Tinglexfoliate Treatment

5. Cheat a bombshell blow out

Ideally we’d head to the salon, but if time or money’s tight, go for Percy & Reed Perfect Blowdry Makeover Spray, £12 – a body-and-shine booster that's like having your own invisible stylist on standby.

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Percy & Reed Perfect Blowdry Makeover Spray

6. Join the glossy posse

Transition straight from day to date night with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil, £17, a bottle of beauty brilliance that brings a goddess-worthy gleam to your face, body and hair. You’ll be transfixed by its delicate sensual scent, too.

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

7. Quick fix a beauty crisis

Blemishes and dark circles under eyes have lousy timing. Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick, £18 is a self-sharpening concealer wand (important for on-the-go touch-ups) that makes complexion imperfections disappear.

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Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick

8. Wow your lashes

For killer curves in all the right places Diego Dalla Palma’s Ciglione Mascara, £17, gives eyelashes serious flutter factor – a push-up-effect formula that gives even tricky-to-reach lashes the love they deserve.

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Diego Dalla Palma Cigilione Mascara

9. Make eyes that mesmerise

Up your after-dark beauty game with Bourjois Smoky Stories Eyeshadow Quad in Over Rose, £8 – a palette of four almost impossible to mess up colours (even with pre-date nerves) you can blend to build drama.

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Bourjois Quad Smoky Stories Eyeshadow Palette in Over Rose

10. Polish up your look

Remember your nails – even by candlelight, they get noticed. Nails Inc One Coat Gel Nail Polish, £13 is a stroke of genius that gives luxe gel-effect colour in just one coat. The only dilemma is which of the 68 shades to choose.

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Nails Inc One Coat Gel Nail Polish


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Photographer: Katie Hammond


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