11 February, 2015 How To: Valentine’s Day Makeup Look
Yes, I know, what a cringy blog post title. Get it all out of your system. Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is a major event in our collective calendar, and whether you’re heading out on a hot date, planning a cosy night in with Michael Scott and the Dunder Mifflin crew, or prepping for a drunken bar crawl with your girlfriends, you’ll probably choose a makeup (or makeup-free) look and outfit that fits your chosen pastime. I’ll be heading out in my gladrags for a night of cocktails, so I thought a blog post on what I’ll be going for could be of use. If not, take this as a generic ‘going out’ post, and enjoy my attempt at making rose gold/bronze eyeshadow and a nude lip sound romantic and somehow different my regular routine.
In keeping with the theme of ‘romance’, I want my base to look dewy and fresh, rather than heavy and one-dimensional. The Diorskin STAR foundation (£32 here) is a great choice for this sort of look as it’s light and comfortable, but you can also build up the coverage depending on your skin’s needs. This does include SPF30 so beware of flash photography, but let’s be honest, everyone looks better in soft-focused candlelight than a harsh camera flash. I wear the shade 020, and I find that this works perfectly with a new addition to my makeup collection, the L’Oreal True Match concealer in 02 (£6.99 here). This can be applied on both blemishes and the under-eye area, making it a great all-rounder if you’re trying to streamline your routine. To set my foundation and concealer, I’ll be using the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in Beige Clair (£8.99 here). This is a brilliant finishing powder as well as a touch-up product for keeping in your bag. I love how soft this feels on the skin and how blendable and buildable it is – no cake-face in sight! I’ve done a full review of both the foundation and setting powder, which you can read here and here.
Onto the cheeks. For a bronzer, contour and highlight, it’s got to be the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49 here, review here). This is the ultimate ‘treat yourself’ makeup product and a great way to create definition and inject a little glamour into a makeup look. The bronzer shade strikes the perfect balance between warm and cool, and it suits my light-medium skin tone so well. To add a healthy glow to the apples of my cheeks, I’ll be using the Rimmel Lasting Finish Mono Blush in Santa Rose (£3.99 here) – a pretty, sheeny peach-pink that doesn’t detract from the highlight and contour, and adds a little pop of colour without looking gaudy.
A brand new addition to my eyeshadow stocks is the LORAC Unzipped Palette ($42 here). This features a mixture of four mattes and six shimmers, in a variety of rose gold, burgundy, copper and champagne shades. It’s rare that I find a palette I don’t find something to complain about – I can’t stand when palettes include a standard chalky black or a too-shimmery pink that I almost never use – but this has it all: highlight shades, crease shades, all-over-the-lid shades, and darker, vampier shades to create a beautiful smoky eye. The palette is very warm in it’s overall tone, and I could imagine this looking stunning on olive and deep skin colours especially. To go along with these amazing shadow shades, I’ll be reaching for my trusty Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (£13 here) and the brilliant Max Factor Masterpiece Max (£9.99 here). These are my HG liners and mascaras, and I always have to have a backup hanging around in case one dries up. The Stila liner creates the deepest, most long-wearing and most precise feline flick, and the Max Factor mascara leaves you with lashes for DAYS – falsies in a tube, no matter the natural state of your lashes. You’ll find a review of these two products here, in a post on some of my long-term beauty favourites.
My favourite part of a makeup look is always the lips. I have two options for you: a drugstore peachy pink, or a high-end light and creamy mauve – both incredibly long-wearing, and gorgeous paired with the products already mentioned. The L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Nude Ballet (£8.99 here) is a beautiful, high-shine opaque gloss that feels so nourishing and comfortable on the lips. You can wear this on it’s own or on top of a nude or pink lipstick, and it finishes off a makeup look so nicely. My other lipstick option is a MAC Satin, and it’s the amazing Faux (£15.50 here). I’m obsessed with Faux – it’s the only lipstick I currently have in my handbag, and I find that no matter what type of makeup look I’m wearing, this will suit and compliment it perfectly. Faux pulls differently on everyone, but on my lips this looks like a dusky cream-mauve.
So there you have it – a few of my Valentine’s Day go-to products for a pretty, put-together look. What will you be reaching for on Saturday night? Let me know in the comments below!