It may be a little late but it would appear that I’m getting on the “Valentines Day Makeup” post bandwagon. 🙂 Well, what happened was…I was thinking to myself the other day what kind of eye look I wanted to wear when Mr. Bear and I go to dinner on the weekend. That translated into what I’d wear if we go out for Valentines…and, naturally, as I’m a blogger, once I selected the front runners for my Valentines Day makeup look, I just had to share, right?
I’m fully aware that this Hallmark holiday evokes mixed emotions. But, we don’t need an excuse to celebrate makeup, right? And despite the pinks that this look centers around, I’d wear it any time of the year.
Here are the goodies I gathered from the stash to pull this look together:
For the eyes (which are the focus of the look), we have: the beautifull Sleek Storm palette and my lovingly curated Mac 15 pan eye shadow palette. For the lips and cheeks I’ve included some options detailed below.
So red and pink? How do you wear that on your eyes? Pink, sure…red, alright..you could do it, but together? I’m not that confident. So I opted to go with more subtle versions of those colours. There are two shades in the Sleek Storm Palette which caught my eye immediately (top row, 5th and 6th shade). The first, is a peachy-pink (with more pink than peach). The second is a copper which has a strong red undertone making it almost cranberry (in other words, there is not too much brown to it).
As both of the shadows in the Storm Palette are shimmery, I incorporated some of my favourite MAC basics as well.
From my MAC palette, I used Brûleé all over the lid as a base colour, Quarry as the transition/crease shade, and Naked Lunch in the inner corner and sparingly below the brow bone. From the Storm Palette, the peachy-pink shadow went all over the lid and along the inner third of the lower lash line. The copper/burgundy shadow was used to deepen the crease, taken slightly in toward the outer third of the lid as well as on the lower lash line. The look was finished off with some black liquid liner and mascara.
For Blush, I think the eye shadows used would pair well with any kind of pink really. The two I’ve chosen are Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink (a bright, neutral pink) and Chanel’s Innocence (a very warm, yellow toned pink).
Now allow me a corny moment here and suggest that you many want kissable lips for the evening. That means nothing too tacky, sticky or heavy. I settled on these three beauties:
YSL Tint in Oil in Pink About Me: For the most kissable lips. Not only does this luscious yet subtle medium fuchsia-pink colour compliment the eye look but the formula is an ideal option. I reviewed it several weeks ago but, at the time, I don’t think I truly appreciated it’s incredible dry down. After initial application, your lips will be glossy and saturated. But about 30 minutes in, the formula dries down completely to a comfortable (and kissable) balm like texture leaving a pink-fuchsia stain that doesn’t transfer. As your natural lips will peek through, t his a great option for a less “made-up” look that still packs a punch. Bonus, if you re-apply throughout the day/evening the pigment power of the stain actually builds up and wear time is extended. Here’s what the Tint in Oil looks like after 30 minutes:
MAC Cremesheen in Hot Gossip: For sweet lips. If you’re more of a lipstick girl and don’t mind reapplying or a bit of transfer, Hot Gossip is a lovely light-medium pink with neutral tones. Is it me or are not all of MAC’s Cremesheen formula’s created equally? I have about 6 creamesheens in my collection and I find the formula of Hot Gossip to be the best of those 6. It just seems to glide effortlessly onto the lips and the staying power is pretty decent as well (for a regular lipstick, that is).
YSL Glossy Stain in Naughty Mauve (Rebel Nudes) : For something a little more. Honestly, the YSL Glossy Stains are my go-to formula for long evenings out. I included Naughty Mauve as an alternative to pink. It’s difficult to describe this multi-dimensional colour. The best that I can up with with is mauve with tones of purple, pink and red. It pairs well with almost anything and brings out the red-burgundy tones of the eye look. Naughty Mauve dries down to a moderate stain that is almost transfer-free. Once applied properly, it requires minimal maintenance. I talk more about the Glossy Stain formula here (FYI: this is one of the posts I want to update with better photos soon).
That about wraps it up. What do you guys think? Should I just gone for a smoky eye and red lips? Lol.
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