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Valentine’s Day calls for bringing out all the stops with your makeup! It is the perfect opportunity to rock out a bold look you have been too nervous to try or use this occasion as an excuse to apply a coat of your new lipstick. Whether you have a romantic dinner date planned with your partner or a girl’s night out on the town, we have you covered with the ultimate essentials for Valentine’s Day makeup looks.

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Red Lips

After all, it is the colour of romance and what a perfect occasion to sport a classic red lip. Remember that red lips can be quite bold so for best way to wear a red lip is to leave the lids bare or with a slight winged liner and some mascara. Sheer stained “berry kissed” looks are perfect if you want to wear a red lip but aren’t willing to fully commit to its dramatic appearance. A bright orange based red makes the biggest statement and really catches the eye so it’s perfect if you want to go all out on your lip colour. The deep berry hues often suits darker skin best and appear most natural.  You can’t pass up a classic red lip and it is definitely a fool proof option if you aren’t sure which will work best for you. Something to note is that a shiny finish works well when paired with a matte foundation look, while a matte red lip would go together perfectly with a dewy finish.

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Soft Pink/Purple Makeup

For the girly girls out theme, it’s time to pull out your most loved pink makeup and get creative. A soft pink or purple makeup look brings out femininity and is the perfect look for Valentine’s Day. There are many ways to incorporate this colour into your makeup for either the day or night. It could be as simple as a light pink lip or flush of colour on the cheeks. Otherwise you could play around with an eye look using a shimmery lilac shadow or powdery magenta. Mixing types of eye shadows such as pastels with shimmers will create depth and dimension within your eye look. Although it can be best to focus on one feature with this colour, you could always go all out with both eyes and lips within the same colour scheme. Some lip colour variations could include plum, frosty magenta or nude rose shade.

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Pink/Purple Lips

If red is too dramatic for your personal style then a bright pink is the perfect alterative. Finding the right pink for you will ensure your lip colour looks great on you. Olive skin tonesare quite neutral so it is hard to go wrong and you can get away with wearing most pink shades. Darker undertoneswork great with pink and best suit deep magentas, bright purples and pinks with a berry undertone. Lighter skincombines perfectly with softer shades of pink. Our recommendation for the ultimate Valentine’s Day pink that will match all skin types is MAC Candy Yum-Yum, a bright Barbie pink. A flirty eyeliner flick or set of wispy romantic lashes is the perfect addition to this look because unlike with bold red lips, you can dress up the eyes more when it comes to pink.

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Natural Makeup

If your Valentine’s is going to consist of something more low key such as a beach trip or picnic in the wilderness, a bright red lip or purple eye shadow look may be a bit too much for the occasion. Using a few simple products to create a minimal makeup look will enhance your natural features without looking too forced. Switch the foundation for a BB cream so that your natural skin shows through. Add a few coats of mascara, even using a brown if the occasion is especially casual. A brow pencil is essential to lightly fill in your brows, it will frame your face and work wonders more than any other product. Then finish off the look with a lip colour a few shades darker than the natural pigmentation of your lips.

So whatever you get up to this Valentine’s Day, know that your makeup is going to be looking flawless and perfect. But most of all, enjoy the special holiday by spending time with those you love.

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