The ultimate Valentine's Day makeup look
Valentine's Day might look a little different this year, but that doesn't mean you still can't get totally glammed up. Whether you're going on a hot Zoom date, FaceTiming with your bestie, or chilling with your roomie, this look is fun and flirty — plus, it looks great both in-person and virtually and only takes 30 minutes to achieve. Celebrity makeup artist extraordinaire Tatiyana Elias is here to help by breaking down each step along the way:
Step one: foundation
Apply your favorite foundation to your face, neck, and chest. Be sure to blend it well using your fingers or a makeup sponge.
Step two: brows
Fill in your eyebrows using an eyebrow pencil or powder right after applying foundation. This will allow you to go in and shape them using concealer. Your eyebrow should start where the inner corner of your eye is, your arch should correspond to where your pupil is, and the ending of your eyebrow should be right where your eye ends. After applying filler to your eyebrows, brush them up to evenly blend the color.
Step three: concealer
Depending on your skin tone, you might want to mix two shades of concealer, but make sure it is one shade lighter than your skin tone. Don't forget concealer under your eyes to bring the brightness out and remove any dark circles. Use a makeup sponge to blend it well.
Step four: contour
You can create any face shape you want by using creams and powders. Use contouring cream or powder to highlight your cheekbones, and then apply it under your chin to add more depth. Lastly, contour the sides of your nose so that it doesn't fall flat on the screen during your virtual date.
Step five: powder
This step is optional, depending on your skin type. If you have more oily skin, you can apply powder all over your face. Howev, if you have dry skin, you only have to apply powder to your t-zone. After applying powder, you can swipe blush across the apples of your cheeks to add some color to your face. Be sure to blend well using your face powder.
Step six: eyes
Right at the eyelid crease, go in with a transition color of your choice, which should be two to three shades darker than your skin tone. This will add depth to your eyes. Then, apply concealer to your lids to give a solid base for your eyeshadow color to really pop and blend it using a fingertip. You can use a fun color for your eyelids, such as pink. Be sure to mix it into the crease color and then go back in with the transition color to blend even more. Finally, work a deeper complementary color into the bottom lash line.
Finish with eyeliner on both the top and bottom lids. For a cat-eye effect, the eyeliner line should start thin and get thicker toward your outer eyes. Next, apply a lighter shade of eyeliner to your waterline. This will give the illusion of larger eyes. Lastly, curl your lashes and apply mascara. You can also apply false eyelashes to really make your lashes stand out. If you choose to apply false eyelashes, then you'll need one more coat of mascara.
Step seven: lips
Line your lips with a lip liner, following your natural lip line on the bottom lip and going a little over on the top lip to give the appearance of fuller lips. Then, apply lipstick and use a brush to blend it into the lip liner. Add some lipgloss, and you're all set!
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