3 Valentine's Day Makeup Looks to Declare Self-Love
Roses are red, violets are blue — you know the rest! If Valentine's Day brings out your inner romantic, why not let your makeup play into the mix with beauty looks that declare self-love? If you're into minimal, no-makeup makeup, have fun with sweet, rosy picks that add a natural-looking flush plus a little more to your everyday look. If you're craving all things glossy and sparkles, then allow yourself to indulge by wearing the products you wouldn't normally reach for on a typical Monday.
Enhance your everyday makeup with sweet hints of pink. If you want your skin to do the talking and your makeup to back it up, consider wearing a lightweight foundation hybrid such as the new Nars Light Reflecting SkinCare Foundation ($49), which is formulated with 70 percent skin-care ingredients. Next, brighten your undereyes and any other area you wish with Morphe's new Filter Effect Concealer ($12). This newbie contains high-performing hyaluronic acid and pomegranate seed extract — two powerhouses in the skin-care world.
Now, for the fun part, try a soft pink eyeshadow such as Urban Decay's 24/7 Eyeshadow in Bad Seed ($19) or Colourpop's Super Shock Shadow in Bubbly ($4) — both result in a gorgeous shimmery finish. Follow up with Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Lengthening Mascara ($27) for a sexy, eye-opening effect.
Once you've completed the eyes, add a natural-looking flush with a subtle swipe of Ulta Beauty Collection Mineral Blush in Peony ($12), and top it off with Makeup Revolution's Highlight Reloaded in Make an Impact ($7).
Complete the romantic look with a soft but juicy lip color: Tarte's Maracuja Juicy Lip Balm in Rose ($21).
Eye Love Me
To achieve a look that has you looking and feeling like a million bucks, you know glitter needs to be involved. Let your eyes dazzle the world with a dose of J.Cat Beauty Glitter Dazzle Eye Topper in Rise & Sparkle ($6), a stunning melange of green and cranberry hues that result in an even more stunning makeup look. Add a little drama (the good kind) with a few coats of Lancôme Lash Idôle Lash-Lifting and Volumizing Mascara ($27) and line your top and lower lash lines with Nyx's new Epic Smoke Liner in Mocha Match ($11). Be sure to blend to give your eyes a sultry, smoky look, and there you have it!
If Old Hollywood glam is more your vibe, then create a sexy smoky eye with the help of the Lancôme Forever in Paris Eyeshadow Palette ($45) (Paris is the city of love, after all), which happens to be shaped in a glossy red heart case. We are especially fond of the Eggplant, A Je Ne Sais Quoi, and Champère hues, but it's up to you to choose your favorites for a truly unforgettable look. Elevate your eye makeup with your favorite liquid or gel eyeliner and mascara. We're big fans of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso ($28), but that's only a suggestion.
For the face, Tarte's New Shape Tape Cloud Cream foundation ($39) is a dream if you're into a natural matte finish and weightless medium coverage. You'll want to add a dash of blush, and the Nars Liquid Blush in Orgasm ($30) is the perfect sheer warm pink with just-right golden shimmer for that effortless glow.
To conclude, bring attention to your pout with a true red lip such as the Too Faced Lady Bold Cream Lipstick in Lady Bold ($24).