Valentine’s Day, a perfect time where you can spend thinking of new ways to do your make-up. The great thing about rediscovering make-up specifically for Valentine’s Day is that you will be looking for a natural and flawless look which can be adapted and used all year round.
Valentines make-up has no rules, however there some inspirational looks which can be taken from some sources such as romantic movies like The Notebook. If you want to get some initial inspiration this is a great place to begin. There are also of course handy tips right here on the Nanshy blog which you can read and use. See these tips outlined below which are perfect to try this Valentine ’s Day.
Extra sparkle to your smoky eye
You may be used to having the smoky eye for your favourite evening look and for Valentine’s Day you can give this look an extra sparkle. Eye shadows which contain a natural shimmer are great to add an extra vivacity to your eye make-up. When creating your regular smoky eye, it is a good idea to use three shades close to each other and build them up. When adding shimmer you can replace one or two of those layers with a shimmer or a glittery eye shadow. By layering a shimmery or glittery eye shadow, next to a none shimmer or glittery eye shadow will give the most striking effect. Natural eye shadow colours close to your skin tone are also a great look in replace of darker smoky colours for Valentine’s Day.
For Valentine’s Day you want to look natural, however you still want your skin to look flawless and have some colour. If you have pretty flawless skin, a tinted moisturiser will give the most natural effect. Mineral foundation is also fairly light in coverage and is also good if you want a matt finish to your make-up. If perhaps you wear a heavier make-up and want to tone it down for Valentine’s Day, why not just use a little less foundation than you normally do? To achieve that flawless look for those who maybe prone to breakouts for example, it is good idea a higher coverage is needed but perhaps use a little subtle blush instead to keep it natural. If you are using a high coverage foundation make sure you blend in well to achieve that natural look. By investing in some kabuki foundation brushes such as the range produced by Nanshy you can get that airbrushed look with ease.
Use blusher as a flush rather than to define
Blusher is a great way to bring colour to your make-up, and it can also help with contouring. You may be so used to applying blusher in a particular way; you may not realize the possibilities of application. Blusher is most commonly applied to the apples of the cheeks to add colour and define them. However, for that natural, yet pretty Valentine’s Day make-up, you could perhaps use the blusher to create a “flushed” look. This is where the blusher is not applied in a very controlled way, but is generously applied to the apple of the cheeks and a little beyond this area. The idea is to put pink in areas of the cheeks which are naturally prone to turning pink for a more natural finish.
They key to this look is making sure the blusher is well blended in so the finish looks as natural as possible. The flat top buffer foundation brush by Nanshy is a wonderful kabuki brush which is ideal for blending in the blusher to your base foundation without streaks.
Smudge free lips
You may think red lipstick is the most typical colour used for lips on Valentine’s Day. However, natural lip colours are also very flattering for that romantic date. If you want to make sure that your lips say mess free on your romantic evening then it may be an idea to leave that red lipstick at home. Ideal alternatives include lip stains and tints which will stay firmly in place all night. If you want a very minimal look, lip balm is another option. If you do use a minimal lip look then be sure to play up your eyes.
Long but natural looking lashes
Aiming for a natural, pretty, yet striking look on Valentine’s Day is a good way to approach your make-up. One way to enhance your eyes is by using artificial lashes. Strip lashes will enhance your lashes all the way across, and individual lashes you can be more selective. For Valentine’s Day it may be an idea to apply 3-4 individual lashes to the outer corner of your eyes to keep the look natural and pretty.
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