Look, date night is great, and a Netflix night alone is fabulous. But nothing beats the feeling of getting together with your closest friends and having a girls’ night out. It’s also the perfect time to show off that tricky cat eye you’ve been practicing all week — or to go for that bold lip color you’ve been coveting. Being surrounded by your friends gives you confidence, so an evening out with your BFFs is the best time to have fun with your beauty look. And we’ve got you covered, because we’ve pulled together your ultimate beauty guide for a girls’ night out. Because after all, girls just wanna have fun.
No beauty look is more famous than the smoky eye, and a girls’ night out is the perfect time to break out your favorite eye shadow palette. But you don’t have to limit yourself to the classic charcoal look. If you want to try something a little different, go for a golden smoky eye, which is smoldering but soft.
The cat eye is like a little black dress. No matter what decade you’re in, it’s still in style. Plus, the winged effect actually makes you look younger as it widens and lifts the eyes. So if you don’t want to do the whole smoky eye thing, skip the shadow and grab your favorite liquid liner. A bare lid with a cat eye still brings plenty of drama to the table.
If you’ve been nervous to try false lashes, bite the bullet and try it on your next evening out with your girlfriends. Or if you don’t want to do a full set, try a smaller cluster (called a “flare”). The whole glue and application process can be a little tricky the first go-around, but once you’ve got ’em on? It’s like an instant makeover.
Try something different. If you always do a nude lip during the day and a red lip at night, challenge yourself to go for a hue that isn’t your signature color. Have fun with it. Instead of classic cherry, try an electric pink or a deep mulberry.
You worked so hard to perfect your cat eye — don’t throw the whole look off by neglecting your hair. Heat up your curling iron and go for beachy waves. The key to tousled hair is for it to look just the right amount of “undone.” You don’t want it to look too perfect. When you’re curling in sections, alternate directions and leave the tips straight. This style looks beautiful if you’ve got long locks or a short bob.
If you’re crunched for time and running late, go for a hairstyle that’s speedy but chic. A slicked-back pony looks stunning and it doesn’t take much time to create. And you can choose your drama level by deciding your ponytail placement. Secure the elastic at your crown for an ultra-high pony, in the middle of your head, or at the nape of your neck for a demure effect.
Get creative and try some nail wraps. Nail stickers or wraps are great because you don’t need a steady surgeon’s hand to apply them. Also depending on your job, nail wraps may not be office-appropriate, so girls’ night out is the perfect time to try something funky.
Shimmer may not your everyday style, but it’s a glamorous way to pull your whole girls’ night out look together. The key here is not to go overboard. You want to be shimmery, not glittery. Look for a highlighter that has “shimmer” or “illuminating” in the title.