Milan Woman Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016A.Ferretti show

February 11, 2016

Four makeup ideas for your Valentine’s Day date. But really, you don’t have to have a date for 14 February to have a reason to try out these pretty looks.


The look: Bronzed skin
Going a bit more heavy-handed on the bronzer and highlighter can have a romantic effect, especially when paired with an intentionally-messy updo – like you just got whisked off somewhere exciting by your knight in shining armour. Sweep a peach-toned bronzer liberally on the cheekbones, and blend a cream highlighter on all the places you want to catch the light, including the inner corners of the eyes and the cupid’s bow.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo in Pink Beige Duo, $68, Sephora; NARS Hot Sand Illuminating Multiple, $60, TANGS at Tang Plaza; Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine in SS16, $75, Tom Ford counters.

Photo: Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2016, courtesy M.A.C.








The look: Tangerine lips
We’ve recommended orange lips plenty of times, but up the ante a bit by pairing it with subtly shimmery eyes and a fierce cat flick (bonus points for blue nails). The key to preventing this from looking like too much for your date is to keep the orange to a stain, instead of a full-on matte or glossy lip.


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CHANEL Illusion D’Ombre in 118 Moonlight Pink, $52, CHANEL Beauty stores and counters; M.A.C Year of the Monkey Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, $35, M.A.C stores and counters; innisfree Real Fluid Rouge in Orange Coupled With Apple Trees, $20, innisfree stores.

Photo: Desigual Spring/Summer 2016, courtesy M.A.C.





The look: Glossy metallic lids
Sometimes, eyeshadow doesn’t have to be so precise. Just a few smears of a pretty metallic colour channels an easy-breezy aesthetic that’s polished at the same time. Pair this with a purple-tinged lip, and add a bit of clear gloss on top of the eyeshadow.


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Moonshot Jelly Pot in P06 Bronze Champagne, $34, Sephora; CHANEL Lèvres Scintillantes in 691 Ciarté, $45, CHANEL Beauty stores and counters; Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Rouge Volupte Shine in No. 52 Trapèze Pink, $50, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté stores and counters.

Photo: Etro Spring/Summer 2016, courtesy M.A.C.





The look: Powdery blue lids
Don’t shy away from blue eyeshadow – they make colours a lot prettier than the frosted blue everyone wore in the 90s. You’ll definitely look chic instead of outdated if you choose a rich dark blue and dust it lightly on the crease, then pair with blue mascara for an added edge. Keep the rest of the face simple.


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The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation, $32.90, The Body Shop stores; Clé de Peau Beauté Powder Eye Colour Solo in 209, $60, Clé de Peau Beauté counters; Butter London ElectraLash Colour Amplifying Mascara in Inky Six, $24, Sephora.

Photo: Moschino Spring/Summer 2016, courtesy M.A.C.