For the three days leading up to Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to share three makeup looks to (hopefully!) provide some inspiration. Whether you have a valentine or not, it's fun to spend a little extra time looking special, right? I tried to put together three looks that were each a little different from the next- maybe you don't like to spend much time on your makeup or want something simple, but maybe it's time to spice things up! I truly hope you enjoy them, whatever your preference. My main goal in pairing colors was to stay far away from "traditional" Valentine's Day makeup- pink or purple eyeshadow, the like. That being said, each look is just as pretty, sweet, and beautiful as we want to be on this special day. :)
Today, I bring you look #1: perfectly suited for a dinner out with your significant other (or family/friends, of course!).
It's a simple, lightly smokey, neutral eye "with a kick." I used a peach, shimmery golden brown, and matte burgundy eyeshadow from theBalm Nude'tude palette to create the eye, and then added soft washes of pinks on my cheeks and lips. Note: Deep eggplant shades like the ones I used for the outer corner eyeshadow and eyeliner are my favorite ways to spice up a smoked-out eye. Neutral, but just a bit different.
Base makeup not included, here are the color products I used to create this look. I'm calling it sultry, is that appropriate?
-Eyeshadow: theBalm Nude'Tude palette: Stubborn (lid+inner corner), Schitzo (crease+lower lashline), Sexy (outer corner)
-Eyeliner: MAC Dark Diversion fluidline
-Mascara: (not shown) Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lash
-Blush: Covergirl Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush in Refined Rose
-Lipstick: Covergirl LipPerfection jumbo gloss balm in Rose Twist
-Lip Gloss: Darling Girl Cosmetics Liquid Kiss in Fuchsia Flush
Apologies for not swatching Dark Diversion fluidline!
To create the following eye look, I primed my eyes first with a nude-colored base (MAC Nubile paint pot). Then I started in the outer crease area and applied a golden brown/taupe eyeshadow (theBalm Schitzo). I patted a peach shade (theBalm Stubborn) all over the lid area and into the inner corner, following with a deep matte burgundy (theBalm Sexy) in the outer corners, blending inward. For eyeliner, I used MAC Dark Diversion fluidline, a deep brownish maroon, and did a subtle wing at the outer corners of my upper lash line. I applied what was left on my brush to the very outer edge of my lower lash line.
Finish with a light dusting of peachy-pink blush (Covergirl Refined Rose, the two pink shades), and a rosey lip (Covergirl Rose Twist and Darling Girl Fuchsia Flush). I love the tinted lip balm because it's not as harsh as a lipstick will be; with this eye look, I didn't want to go too dramatic with the lips. The brighter lip gloss makes it a little more "glam" if you're going out. ;)
Finished! There you have a romantic look for date night. Stay tuned for tomorrow's look, which will be something a little more flirty- suitable for a night out with your girl friends, maybe?
What do you think? What are your plans for Valentine's Day? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading, as always.