That Will WOW Your Friends and Your Fiancé
Your honey loves you just as much in a messy bun and mud mask as he does in full glam, but Valentine’s Day is the day you celebrate your love and companionship. Kick it off the right way by dressing to impress. Show him just how well you clean up with any one of these five knock-em-dead makeup looks for Valentine’s Day.
With all the Insta-beauty everywhere you look these days, a well-done natural look can be a jaw-dropper. Start with a foundation that matches your skin tone and contour gently (if at all). Choose blush and lip colors that are close to your natural shades. Instead of colorful eyeshadows, use your contour palette to brighten and define your eye shape. If you can’t live without eyeliner, use just a thin line along your top lashes and follow the curve of your outer lashes in a subtle wing. Finish with a non-clumping mascara just a few shades darker than your lashes.
There’s no better day for this classic look than Valentine’s Day. You can pair a hot red lip with virtually any makeup style, but remember that you can have too much of a good thing. Avoid the clown look by toning down the color on your eyes and cheeks. A black smokey eye or a natural nude is the perfect complement to red lips. When choosing a lip product, keep in mind how long you’ll be out. If you’ll be dancing the night away, choose something hydrating that can be easily reapplied or will last all night without drying your lips.
WARNING: this one is a show-stopper. You’ll need a good blending brush and three colors of high-quality eyeshadow in a gradient. Lay a warm mid-tone over the lid and apply a dark gel liner to both waterlines, working into the lash line. Blend your dark color with your liner around both lash lines, connecting at the outer corners and working over your outer lid into a wing. Blend your bottom lash line with your mid-tone and use your light color to blend your mid-tone over your crease. Keep blending until you’re nice and smokey, add your eyeliner and mascara, and go break some necks.
Fountain of Youth
Vitality is one of the most attractive characteristics you can own, which is what makes the natural look so appealing. Combine the bright beauty of natural makeup with the sexy allure of glam in a youthful look that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Start by color-correcting any dark areas and brightening your eyes with redness-reducing eye drops. Lay a well-matched foundation and contour lightly. Fill in your eyebrows lightly – no sharpie-brows. You can use eye color and liner for this look, but keep it clean and subtle. Avoid mascara on your lower lashes. Choose lip and blush colors that are slightly brighter than your natural shades and use a nude liner on your lower waterline to make your eyes look more open and awake.
Bust out the glitter and falsies; it’s glam time. If you’ve been waiting all year for an excuse to go HAM on your favorite color palette, your time has finally come. Keep your glam look from getting muddy by keeping the layers to a minimum, use a high-quality eyeshadow primer to keep your colors popping all night long, and prevent cracking and creasing by working with small amounts of products and building slowly to get the look you want.