Single or not, Valentine’s Day is a great day for getting fancy and eating sweets. Never mind the expensive restaurant reservations or the corny stuffed teddy bears at the drugstore — sometimes it’s just fun to plan your makeup look (and outfit, too). You don’t have to go out and buy a ton of new makeup either. Here are three simple looks or subtle makeup changes you can make throughout the day.
Sounds elaborate but really all you need are five products to get you three different looks. Mix up a few different looks, and you can go from bright-eyed and fresh to polished and sweet — nothing that screams romance because that would just be too obvious, right?
Bright and Fresh
Riffing off of a no-makeup makeup look, this just makes you look super awake and dewy — perfect for going out or staying in. Use a multi-tasking stick like Etude House’s Play 101 Blending Pencil in 1 to line your lower waterline and the inner corners of your eyes.
Tap Missha’s Tension Blusher in CR02 on your cheeks, blending up towards your temples for a flushed look.
Swipe on loads of curling mascara, like Etude House’s Curl Fix Mascara, for nice fluttery lashes. Finally, swipe on a warm pinky-nude lip color. Here, I’m using Dear My Blooming Lips Talk in BE109.
You’ll look super well-rested and dewy fresh like a character in a Jane Austen novel.
A little pick-me-up from the previous look, this one adds a touch of polish. Add a cat eyeliner look with Clio’s Kill Brown Liquid Liner. Brown is a good daytime pick for liner if you feel that black is too dramatic for you.
To amp it up, you can also use the same shade of Blending Pencil I used earlier as a highlighter, drawing on your cheekbones, under your brow bone, and down the bridge of your nose and then blending everything with your fingers.
Not all “smoky” makeup looks have to be dramatic. Keep things earth-toned, and you can arguably call this a daytime look, but honestly, it’s more “casual glam” if you ask me. It’s so casual that all you really need is the Blending Pencil in 12, a nice shimmery bronze, for your eyes, lip and a contour.
Smudge the pencil on both eyelids, blending with your fingers into the crease. Line your lower lashes, too, also blending with your pinky. Top with mascara!
Now for a bit of subtle contour definition, draw a line under each cheekbone and blend with your fingers (don’t worry, these are very blendable so it won’t leave a harsh line at all).
Fill in your lips with the pencil and then layer the same shade of Dear My Blooming Lips Talk I used in my first look. Smush your lips together to blend and make a nice shimmery brown nude lip color.
See, all that “drama” out of mostly one product!