Do ya’ll know what time it is? It’s time to start the Valentine’s Day looks. I’m so excited for them this year. I know that some people like to go more natural, whereas others like to play with color and be a little heavier with their makeup. So I am going to try to cover all the bases. For my first look, I decided to go with the classic black winged liner and red lip look. For Valentine’s Day looks, I always think of pink and red. When I go out on dates with my boyfriend, I like to look classy and that is why I love this look. I think that this look is neither too natural nor too adventurous. It is a nice middle ground. So let’s get started! Beginning with a clean face, I moisturize, prime and apply my EOS Chapstick in Honeysuckle Honeydew. I moisturize with the Equate Ultra-Hydrating Beauty Lotion. I prime my face with the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Skin Perfecting Primer. I rub a pea-size amount all over my face, focusing especially around my nose and the apples of my cheeks where I have larger pores. I also applied some of my L’Oreal Lash Serum to prime my eyelashes. When you are doing a bolder lip, you always want to make sure that your lips are super hydrated and not flaky. If they are super dry and flaky, slightly dampen a toothbrush and rub over your lips to exfoliate them. Your lips will have a nice pink color, will look a little poutier due to the friction caused by the tooth-brush and will be super smooth. Who doesn’t like plump smooth lips? While the primer was setting up, I started working on my eyes. I applied my Revlon Photoready Concealer in the shade Fair on my eyelid and under my eye. I took two pieces of tape, rubbed them on the back of my hand and then lined it up at an angle with the end of my eyebrow and my lower lash line. The tape helps to create a crisp edge and acts as a guide when drawing the wing. It helps me create a perfect wing every time.
Using an ELF Professional Eye Shadow Brush, I swept a medium champagne eye shadow from my Claire’s palette all over my eyelid. Using my Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Bronze and a Real Techniques Essential Crease brush, I put this color in my crease just to give my eye a little more depth and definition. Now it’s time to create the wing! I used a cream liner to create my wing. What I used was the Physician’s Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Creamliner in Blue Eyes and an Ecotools Angled Eyeliner Brush. I drew the flick along the edge of the tape and a thin line along my lash line. I did this to both eyes and made sure that the flicks were the same length. After that, I drew the outline of the upper edge of the wing and then I filled it in. I went over my liner with a matte black shadow from my Claire’s palette. Any will do. I also tight-lined my upper lash line. Pull off the tape and you are done!
Now that my primer has set, I can move on to my face. I used the L’Oreal True Match foundation in C1 – Alabaster all over my face. I applied this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. Once my foundation was on, I used my Revlon Photoready Concealer in Fair to highlight my under eye area. I drew a triangle under my eye and filled it in lightly with my concealer. I blended the concealer out with my finger using light tapping motions. Do not rub. Be careful around the wing. Using a damp sponge, I blended everything out to make sure that it was seamless. I set all my face makeup with the Cover Girl Clean Normal Skin Powder in Creamy Natural and my Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush. For blush and highlighting, I used my Fit Me Blush in Light Pink on a Real Techniques Buffing Brush and my Revlon Highlighting Pallete in Rose Glow on an ELF Professional Bronzing Brush. For the highlighter, I used the top two strips mixed together. I applied the blush along my cheeks bones, starting at the apples of my cheeks and pulling the color backward. I dusted the highlighter along the tops of my cheek bones up to my temple. Using the same stippling brush that I used to apply my foundation, I blended everything out so that there were no harsh edges. If you want to contour your face, you can. I wanted this look to be highlighted rather than contoured. I then misted my face with the NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray. You want to spray this before your mascara because if you spray too much, it will make your mascara smudge.
Back to the eyes, I applied one generous coat of L’Oreal Butterfly Effect mascara in Blackest Black to my upper and lower lash lines. Use a q-tip to clean up any mascara smudges on the lower lash line. For this look, you could add falsies if you wanted to. I didn’t because I thought the mascara did a good job of creating the false eyelash look. I always wait and do my brows after I have set my foundation so that the gel will get rid of any powder. For this look since my eyes were the focus and my brows are in pretty good shape, I decided not to fill them in. I just went over them with my Bonnebelle Eyestyle Mascara in Transparent. This product is so versatile. You can use it as a clear mascara just to give the slightest amount of definition or as a brow gel which is what I use it for.
By now the EOS has worked its magic on my lips and I can start adding some color. I highlighted my cupid’s bow with the same highlighter as my cheeks using the lightest shade at the top. For my red lips today, I decided to use the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking . This is so easy to use. It is liner and lipstick in one! I outlined my lips first and then filled them in.
The look is complete! I hope ya’ll enjoyed it.
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