Whether you’re heading out this Valentine’s Day or staying in for some homemade ardour, the most romantic night of the year definitely deserves some special preparation. That’s why we’ve put together these two beauty looks perfect for passionate nights in or hot nights out.
If you and your loved one would prefer an intimate meal at home over the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant or bar, then you’ll probably want to go for understated pretty over a full face of glamorous makeup.
The joy of makeup au naturel is that you can wear as much or as little as you like, if you prefer a bit more coverage you can pop on a lightweight foundation like Max Factor’s Miracle Touch or you can skip foundation altogether and just go for an illuminating primer and a touch of highlighting concealer for a fresh and youthful dewy glow.
You probably won’t want to go overboard on the rest of your makeup either so just stick to a sultry nude eyeshadow palette like W7 In The Mood Natural Nudes to lend subtle definition to eyes, while lips and cheeks can both be enhanced with a stain like W7’s A Hint of Bali for a pretty yet natural flush. Parfait!
If you’d never dream of letting Valentine’s Day pass without a trip to your favourite restaurant or watering hole then it’s also the perfect excuse for upping the glam stakes. You’ll want your makeup to last all night (plus look great for selfies) so start with a smoothing primer and follow up with a long-lasting base like W7 Photo Shoot 16 Hour Foundation.
Next, define your bone structure with a little nifty contouring. You can go all out with a full contour palette or stick to a light highlighter/blush combo like W7 The Cheeky Trio.
Last but not least it’s time to do the eyes and lips and you have two choices here. Valentine’s Day is all about the romance but it’s time to choose whether you love the idea of classical romance or something a bit more sultry. If you’re a classical gal, you can’t beat a bit of retro glamour so grab your liquid liner and go for a winged eye matched with a kissable bright red lipstick (Technic’s Lipstick with Vitamin E in Heartbeat is the perfect classic red plus its luscious formula keeps lips soft all night). If you’re after something a little more sexy however, there’s nothing like a smoky eye and a berry lip to get you looking smouldering. Grab a smoky eyeshadow palette and a deep purple berry lipstick for a look so smokin’ your SO won’t be the only one who wants to kiss you on Valentine’s night.