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.
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.
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.
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 You’ll definitely look chic instead of outdated if you choose a rich dark blue and dust it lightly on the crease, then pair with blue mascara for an added edge.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.
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.