Go Subtle or Go Sexy for Valentine’s Makeup

Valentine’s Day calls for a look that whispers romance softly or celebrates love boldly. Decide how you want to declare your emotions by choosing from either of these two makeup looks. Each beauty routine will give you an extra aura of glamour for a sweet night out you won’t soon forget. They only take a minute to get ready and you’ll be ready to step out the door all aglow. You’ll radiate happiness and spread joy no matter where you go on this special occasion. Go sexy or go subtle. You’re ready to shine!

Go Glam with Smokey Eye

There’s no better time to try out the glamour of a smokey eye than going out on a V-Day date.  Get your sexy on with bold eye color.

1. Apply overall color.

Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection, $44, toofaced.com

This candy-coated confection of 16 matte and shimmer shades is infused with a chocolate-scented cocoa powder formula. Choose one of the beautiful go-to neutrals and apply overall color on your lids with a brush.

2. Emphasize the crease.

Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection, $44, toofaced.com

Emphasize the eye by blending a deeper shade into the crease of the lid.

3. Accentuate with a cat eye.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner in Black, $8.50, amazon.com

Swipe across the upper lash line and then draw upward at the corner of the eye for a delicate feline look. Draw lightly for a thin line or press down for a wider line. The brush tip gives you complete control over the thickness of your lines.

4. Smudge the bottom.

bareMinerals Long Lasting Eyeliner in Absolute Black, $16.50, amazon.com

Add some smoke to the bottom smudging black pencil liner along the bottom lash line.

5. Apply mascara to your lashes.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Washable Mascara, $9.50, cvs.com

Apply two coats of black mascara on your upper lashes and add a single coat on the lower ones.

6. Go subtle on your lip color.

Baroness of Bare Reign and Shine Lip Gloss, $20, lipstickqueen.com

Add a sheer lip tint to complete the look. Look for a berry shade for a non-sticky, buildable hint of color coupled with ravishing crushed golden pearls.


Romance Rules the Night

1. Apply mascara.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Washable Mascara, $9.50, cvs.com

Apply one coat of black mascara to your upper lashes. Add a little more to your outer lashes while holding the brush vertically. This extra touch will give your lashes a longer appearance.

2. Add a touch of blush.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush, $11, amazon.com

Just a smidge of pink blush is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s look.

3. Contrast with a bold color.

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lipstick in Beverly Hills Blush, $29, amazon.com

Nothing invites a kiss as much as a tempting red lipstick. Use a lip brush for precision.

1 Comment
  1. I like this article – nice ideas, great descriptions of how to pull them off, links to the products suggested are helpful to find them. However, it would be awesome to have a photo of at least the finished look so we have something to tangibly see (for lack of a better phrase), than just the image we conjure in our imaginations. A close up of that smokey eye or the shade of red on the second ideas lips… just ideas. But thanks for the inspiration!

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