Still searching for the perfect Valentine's Day makeup look? Whether you're marking the occassion with a candlelit dinner or a girls' night out, these are our top four Valentine's Day makeup looks to try your hand at this year.
The perfect red lip
All hail the red lip. Classic, bold and elegant, it's still our go-to for a timelessly romantic look. The best thing about this look? You can keep the rest of your makeup to a minimum.
To prep your lips, gently buff them with a clean toothbrush to remove any dead skin and apply a nourishing balm. While waiting for the balm to absorb, apply your foundation and concealer. Top tip: a matte, full-coverage foundation such as Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, £31, will give a flawless finish to make your lips really pop.
Taking a bright, pure red, apply the colour directly from the bullet steering clear of the edges of your lips. Then, using a lip liner in a matching shade, fill in the areas around the edge of the lip to create definition. Once you are satisfied with the shape, finish off with one last coating of lipstick.
If you're slightly short on time, a lip pencil could be the answer. With a more precise form of application, you can ditch the liner all together. Simply apply to the centre of the lips with the flat edge and define with the tip.
Finish off with a single coat of mascara on your upper and lower lashes and you're good to go.
Ah blusher, the beating heart of any romantic makeup look. It's time to forget everything you thought you knew about contouring and instead create cheekbones that pop using pastel-hued blushes.
The key to this look is to ensure that all other shades used on the face - be it your eyes or your lips - are muted and natural. You want your delicately flushed cheeks to be the star of the show.
Apply some blush onto a brush and tap off any excess. Hold the brush loosely and towards the bottom to free up control - this way the brush does the work for you and saves you from overthinking. Focusing on the apples of your cheeks, trace your cheekbones upwards with the brush, stopping before you reach the hairline.
For a higher-impact finish, try a powder with highlighting pigment, such as Guerlain Météorites Heart Shape, £42, to 'strobe' the cheekbones.
If you prefer a dewier finish, try a liquid or cushion blush instead. Apply with a damp sponge to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards and outwards with a dabbing motion.
After years of trying to master the smoky eye, a new day is on the horizon and we couldn't be happier. Say goodbye to failed attempts at creating even liner flicks and blending several shades of black and hello to the new liner approach.
Using a rounded eye brush, such as M·A·C 213 Fluff Brush, £20, apply a natural, light brown shade all over the lid and up into the crease.
Then, taking a black kohl liner like Charlotte Tilbury Rock `N` Kohl, £19, lightly work the pencil into the upper lash line to create the illusion of thicker lashes from the root. Don't fuss over neatness, we'll come to that later. Continue across the length of the eye lid, slightly building the density of the colour as you work along.
Now, using a liquid liner, sweep the nib over the guide that you have just created with the kohl, keeping it neat and clean. Start lightly in the inner corners and build the liner up by applying slightly more pressure as you move along. And remember, don't be tempted to carry the liner past the lash line. If needed, neaten with a cotton bud. For a bolder, more dramatic look, take inspiration from the Versace catwalk and extend the liner up and out with a dark shadow.
Finally, apply several coats of thickening mascara to your upper lashes, leaving lower lashes bare for show-stopping volume.
Pretty in pink eyeshadow
If there's one day of the year that you choose to embrace pink, make it Valentine's Day. And we're not talking pastel pink pouts. It's time to ditch the shimmer and paint our eyes in powdery pink hues.
Start by applying an eye shadow primer to your eyelids to correct any imperfections and ensure your look stays in place all night. Then, using a large, rounded brush, such as Shiseido Eyeshadow Brush, £28, apply a pastel-hued pink shadow over your whole eye lid and into the crease, being careful not to take the colour too high.
Then, with a smaller, flat brush (we love Urban Decay UD Pro Flat Eyeshadow Brush, £16.50), dab the colour onto the lower lash line, catching any fall out with a tissue as you go. To finish, apply a lighter, slightly shimmery shade to the inner corners. This will widen eyes and add another layer of depth to the look.
If you're the kind of person that doesn't like to faff with brushes, an eye shadow stick is the perfect time-saving alternative. With clean hands, colour the lid and lower lash line with the pencil/stick and blend out with your pinky finger.
To keep the look delicate and feminine, keep lashes as natural as possible by choosing a brown mascara instead of the usual black and only applying one or two coats.