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Makeup Ideas for a Valentine’s Day You’ll Remember

Here’s to the season of love, whether you are single or taken! We love any reason to celebrate and uplift our moods throughout any occasion or celebratory season! Of course, Valentine’s Day is no exception. Alongside our Valentine's Day series, this week we wanted to highlight makeup looks we think you will love to try out, even if you are indoors this year. Whether that's creating a more inspired bold red lip similar to Rihanna or creating that "Jlo glow" or simply wanting a minimalistic neutral everyday makeup look, we have you covered and can’t wait to share it with you!


Top Makeup Looks For Staying Indoors

While we tap into our third year of the “new norm” with more and more people staying indoors, this doesn't mean that we should wallow in self-pity! Instead, use times like these to brush up on your makeup skills, or simply create an everyday neutral yet simple and effortless, polished look. The keyword, here, is effortless!

Woman's face wearing minimal neutral makeup
  • The best way is to always work with a strong baseline, so a good quality moisturiser is key. Read our previous article here, on a basic guide to your makeup kit to give you an idea of what we mean.

  • Keep your foundation light and even consider tinted moisturiser to create a smooth baseline if you. From there, choose your trusted concealer to cover up any dark circles and blemishes. One of our favourites is the Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer, which is the best for evening out your skin tone, whatever that happens to be.

  • Opt for a more neutral eyeshadow palette to keep your look more neutral and natural, such as the Maybelline Nudes of New York Nude Eye Shadow Palette (affordable), or the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette (a bit more pricey).

  • Add mascara to brighten and bring out your eyes. Remember to pick the mascara based on what you want it to do for your eyes and shape, but still, keep it to that minimalistic look. You can read more about this here

  • Finish the look with a good nude lipstick or lipgloss. Some of our favourite lip glosses are the Lancome Juicy Tube Lip Glosses to give you something special.


Top Makeup Looks For Celebrating Galentine's Day

woman painting her lips

Yes, Galentine's Day exists. It's simply a day of celebrating a platonic relationship, mainly friendships among women. This is usually celebrated on the 13th of February. When we think of Galentine's Day what comes to our mind in terms of makeup is creating soft pastel looks that are light and fun, such as a peachy-flattering lip colour! Or take it up a notch with hot pink lips, one of our favourites being Charlotte Tilburys Pillow Talk Lipstick. The key here is to create more playful makeup looks, usually with an emphasis on your eyeshadow and lip colour. This will give you a great talking point with your friends!


Top Makeup Looks For Taking A Bold Risk

Even if you are at home, you might want to take your makeup look to the next level by experimenting! Whether that be through metallic eyeshadows, a bit of face paint, or simply getting bold and switching up your eyeliner to something bright, bold and fun! Plus, experimenting with new looks even if it's just to post a photo on the “gram” can help you see looks that work well on you and your skin! Here are some ways you can experiment to your heart’s content!

a woman's eyes
  • Take a risk and use a bold eyeliner! Why not try a violet look or even try metallic eyeliner? We love Charlotte Tilbury and they make some of the best eyeliners for sure.

Speaking of metallic, why not swap that neutral palette for something more metallic? Maybe the L'Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow Paint, Number 306, Nudist is going to be your speed!



a woman's eyes

Create that exaggerated cat’s eye - one of our favourite ways to do this is by using the CHARLOTTE TILBURY The Feline Flick liquid eyeliner, panther shodo which is so much fun!


Why not add a bit of glow to your skin and create that famous Jlo glow!? Yes, really. The combination of the right products is key to creating that simple glow. Whether that be through contouring or highlighting, both are great options to consider! One of our favourite liquid highlighters is the Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face and Body Gloss - Crystal Clear - 1oz (30ml). Yes, we are here for the glossy, glassy-looking skin! Finally, why not top it up with a touch of lip gloss? You’ll be absolutely radiant!



Top Makeup Looks For Going On A Date

You may not be able to wine and dine with each other as you would normally, due to restrictions that might still be in place, depending on where you live [post-pandemic]. But, why not set up a Zoom date? Yes, this means you can play dress up and still put on your favourite red lippie, too. Some of the ways to look your best on a virtual date include:

a beautiful woman wearing red lipstick

The iconic red lipstick is a holy grail in your makeup kit. Constantly raved about season after season and especially with special periods such as Valentine’s Day. Our favourite is the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna - Stunna Lip Paint in perfect universal red. Enjoy fully every single year!


Another is creating a smokey eye! One way to achieve this is by using this Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Goodnight Sweetheart for lots of hues.


Create a more defined eye look by using a black liner around your eyes and top this up by defining your eyes by using a bold mascara. too! Giving your eyes more definition and creating that romantic look that only your loved one can gaze into throughout the night, even if it's through Zoom. How adorable is that, right?


Add to the definition and fill in your eyebrows. Remember eyebrows are sisters and not twins, so don’t get so hung up on creating perfection, rather focus on ensuring that the look you come up with frames your face perfectly.

 

Finally, don't forget to add a setting spray! Make sure you have set your makeup so it lasts longer and you have the right tools in place to create any of the looks we have highlighted above! It’ll be exactly what you need to finish yourself off perfectly and stay that way all day and night long!

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