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Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

Hey everyone,


So I will be leaving Toronto in 4 weeks to go visit my boyfriend who lives in Dayton, Ohio. We will be seeing his parents for a nice dinner. Now I haven't met his mother yet but I have met his father. I would like to look polished and sophisticated when I see his parents. I always like to make a good impression. So  I was wondering if you ladies have any ideas or pictures of some great makeup looks I could consider when I am down there ?. I already told him to book an appointment with the Sephora near him so I could do a makeover the day of. I'm also planning to get my hair cut and styled as well. 


Thanks for your advice and tips ladies !.


Always appreciated :-)


~ Carmen ~

Re: Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

Making a good first impression is important, but what I feel is even more important is that you be yourself.  Don't go for a one time look just to impress someone else.  Your boyfriend obviously likes how he sees you on a regular basis, and that is probably what will make you feel most comfortable.  Stay true to yourself and let your inner beauty light the stage.

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Hey ragdoll,


Well I met his father last summer when I came to visit. I've never met his mother though because she's a radio executive and is always at conferences ect. Trust me I am always myself I just felt it'd be nice to be pampered and also be able to look good for seeing them for dinner. I usually don't go for looks that I normally don't wear myself. However I want something that is sophisticated and also classy and isn't too dramatic looking. Well we only see each other on skype lol. I'm in Canada and he's in USA for now. Your right though :-). I will and thank you so very much for your comment !

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Maybe a subtle bronzey our neutral smokey eye would be nice so you look polished/ put together but not overdone. This would be easy for your makeup artist at Sephora to accomplish...something like the Urban Decay Naked Palette would be perfect for it. Soft rose lip, hint of bronzer, soft flush of pink on the cheeks. Can be sort of "natural" but with layered colors to enhance your eye shape. A bit of Urban Decay 24/7 liner applied in a U-shape towards the outer corners of the eye would make this pop. Again, this should be very easy for your artist!


Have fun, your personality and love for your BF shining through is the most important thing!

Re: Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

Your also very spot on MakeupMaven. I like more neutral type shades. I don't mind experimenting but I always come back to this kind of look. I definitely like your ideas and will bring them up when I go to get my makeup done when I come down there. Oh indeed it is :-). He is my rock !

Re: Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

i would wear natural toned makeup on my eyes and face and then Bam!!!  bold red lips!  shows you're confident. Smiley Wink

Re: Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

This look is very much a look I would do for sure. I don't wear eyeshadow a lot. This kinda looks similar to the look I pulled off in my avatar when he came to visit me back in April. 

Re: Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

well there you have it!! Smiley Very Happy


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Thanks tasha :-D

Re: Makeup Ideas For Meeting The Boyfriend's Parents ?

By chance do you know any background info on his parents? You don't have to share if you don't want to give super specifics, but the reason why I ask is because even though you want to make a good impression and obviously stay true to you, you don't want to jump the gun if your idea of sprucing up more clashes with their style/tastes.


The below reference photo is a great, classic look, simple and elegant, but keep in mind that if it's going to be dinner, red lips do require some maintenance, even if you're wearing a stain or long wear product. You don't want to run the risk of color bleeding, feathering, flaking, or even rubbing off on your chin when you're eating, so maybe sticking with a softer, more natural color would be a way to go.


Red lips also risk going into touchy territory, some might find the look is too high maintenance or too loud. I personally love red lips and believe it's all about confidence, if your personality can speak more than what your lip color is, kudos to you, but I've worn red or bold lipstick before and when talking to people they would drop lines like "Oh, I don't know how you do it, that's just way too much!" and this coming from women older than I. There is a fraction of the population that feels red is too "in your face" and it can make someone who is normally more conservative with their lifestyle and make up feel like you're a complete 180 from them.


That's why I'm curious about your bf's parents' background. When he tells you about them, do they feel more modern and relaxed? Are they very old-fashioned and conservative, even minimalistic?  Has he shown you photos of his mom even to where you can see what she looks like and how she wears her make up? Has your bf even ever shared any "Yeah, my mom thinks so-and-so wears too much make up!" stories?


I'm in no ways suggesting you turn into some plain Jane, but if you do opt for red lips, I suggest Stila's Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. It's a gel stain so it absorbs into lips, allowing the fading that does eventually occur to be softer and more even as opposed to a long wear product that just remains at the surface. A couple of swipes allow for a sheer wash of cherry tint, still allowing you to wear red, but not be too brazen.

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