So, you have plans made, you have the outfit, you got your hair done, you’re good to go right?
You still have to decide what to do with your makeup for this special day. Don’t worry, I have an idea for you. Hopefully this tutorial of what I did to achieve this look, gives you an idea or some inspiration of how to do your makeup for this Valentine’s day.
So here we go:
Step 1: Wash your face, moisturize and prime. Start with a clean and fresh face by washing your face with a gentle cleanser, I used Philisophy’s Purity 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel. Don’t forget to moisturize, I used Origin’s GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer. Let your moisturizer sink in for approximately 5 minutes (while you get your products ready at your vanity) and then put on a primer, I put on Maybelline New York’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.
Step 2: After the primer, apply your foundation as you normally would (don’t worry, my foundation routine will be coming soon and I’ll show you a step-by-step tutorial) and don’t forget to blend, blend, BLEND!!! I first spread the foundation with my fingers (because I feel that I end up using less product this way) then I use a damp makeup sponge to make my foundation as seamless as possible. I used the Black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation in colour HC10 and a damp beauty blender.
Step 3: Do your eyebrows with either a pencil, gel, pomade, whatever you’re more comfortable with. I used a very old dark brown pencil that I had laying around the house.
Step 4: If you want, highlight and contour; use a slightly lighter concealer and a slightly darker foundation or powder, respectively. I think it gives the look a more glamorous feel, but as always, contouring is optional. I used Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Dark 1 Café to simulatenously highlight and conceal my dark circles and the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in shade Espresso 10.
Step 5: If you decide to contour, make sure that there are no harsh lines (like the one on my nose lol) so pull out the makeup sponge (I used a damp beautyblender) and blend, blend, BLEND!
Step 6: When you’re done blending, you should have noticeable results but not too obvious. If you’re stabbing people with your newfound cheekbones, that’s a good hint that you should blend a bit more.
Step 7: When you’re done, set everything with a translucent or finishing powder. I used Black Up’s Two-Way Cake Powder in shade TW12.
Step 8: Your face should be done right now and you can then move on to the best part about makeup, in my opinion, the EYES!
Step 9: If at this point, you notice that your eyebrows aren’t as fleeky as you want them to be, you can clean them up a bit with concealer (I used the Nars Concealer again). This will make them pop and look very defined, so do a little bit at a time, to avoid any mistakes and make sure to blend out any harsh lines.
Step 10: Finally the eyes! Use any light pink color as a base and blend out the harsh line so that it transitions effortlessly from your skin tone to the light pink. I used the last colour on the right of the top row (Quarry) on the MAC Burgundy Times Nine Pallette and MAC’s 217 brush to blend.
Step 11: After, use a small brush to precisely draw out a v-shape using a dark plum colour on the outer corner and crease of your eye. I used the last colour on the right of the bottom row (Sketch) on the MAC Burgundy Times Nine Pallette and e.l.f.’s Small Smudge Brush to do this.
Step 12: Next, with your finger (it helps to add the colour as vibrantly as possible, but you can always use a brush if you prefer) add a shimmery darker pink colour on the center and keep adding towards the inner corner of your eye. You can make it as vibrant or as subtle as you want. I used the middle colour of the bottom row (Star Violet) on the MAC Burgundy Times Nine Pallette.
Step 13: Use a blending brush to make an ombré/gradient effect between the two colours. Again, I used Mac’s 217 brush to blend.
Step 14: If you’re satistfied with the look, you can move on to eyeliner, if not, keep blending or adding more colour. I decided to do a very simple cat-eye to keep the focus on my eyeshadow colours, which I think are very girly and romantic, perfect for Valentine’s day. I used a gel liner, L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Liner in 171 Blackest Black and applied it with e.l.f.’s Small Angled Brush, but you can use any type of eye liner that you’re more comfortable with.
Step 15: To finish everything up, add mascara. I used Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara for my top lashes and L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara for my top and bottom lashes. I’m not a fan of the way that false lashes look on me, so I decided to skip them for this look, but if you want, you can add them before step 14. This look is meant to make you feel beautiful and comfortable so do what makes you happy, if that means skipping a step, be my guest.
Step 16: The eye look is done now, so finish the look by adding a little bit of a flirty pink blush. Be careful with blush though, because a little goes a LOOOONG way, especially for us, dark-skinned girls. I used a mix of blushes because I think it’s more flattering for my skin tone and because I didnt want to make the colour tooooo obvious and take the attention away from the eyes. I mixed MAC’s Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen and MAC’s Powder Blush in Peony Petal.
Step 17: I didn’t want the lips to, again, take the attention out of the eyes, so I added a simple nude lipstick. I’ll have a post on flattering nude lipsticks for brown skin (which is why I didn’t add it in this one) so be on the look-out for that. I used MAC’s Matte Lisptick in Whirl.
And there you have it: my Valentine’s Day Makeup Look Idea! Comment if you enjoyed it and if you try it out make sure to tag us on your instagram pics at di.Elle.Ci or on twitter @dielleci.