Hello, there beauties! Today’s post is going to be a tutorial on how to get the perfect Valentine’s Day look. Whether you’re going out with your significant other, or if you’re having a Galentine’s day, this look is perfect for both day and night. This is also a look that I wear often, as it is neutral enough to wear with anything! This post is also a collaboration with two other bloggers, so be sure to check out their Valentine’s posts, which will be linked below!
Typically with Valentine’s looks, they’re usually paired with a bright red or pink lip. For this look, I wanted to do something that would go with any lip you choose. I did two different lip options, but this look seriously could go with whatever you choose!
What I used
For the eye look, I use the e.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Summer Breeze. Its an all matte eyeshadow palette that pretty much every beauty blogger and vlogger has been talking about since it’s release! It has such warm and pretty shades in it that are very versatile for any look. I used shades 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 10 for this look today!
1. Apply eyeshadow primer all over lids
This step is so important, as it keeps your eyeshadow on all day, and makes it easier to blend. The only eyeshadow primer I will ever use is the Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer. It seriously keeps everything locked and loaded for hours.
2. Apply shade 1 (Cream) (from left) all over the lid
I always apply a light shade all over to help with blending and to cancel out my lid color. You could also apply a concealer before this step, but I just stuck with the shadow!
3. Apply shade 3 (Light Brown) in the crease with a fluffy brush
This will act as a transition shade, and will make all of our other shades look more blended once we apply them. I always go a little above the crease towards the brow bone to blend it all out seamlessly. Fluffy brushes work best for this step, as they help to diffuse the color better. My favorite one right now is the Sigma Beauty Tapered Blending – E40 brush.
4. Apply shade 2 (Soft Peach) right under shade 3 with that same fluffy brush
For this step, you want to go slightly underneath where you applied shade 3. I always add a shade darker than the transition shade in the socket of my eye. It helps to make them pop and gives them more dimension.
5. Apply shade 5 (Medium Brown) to the outer corner of your eye with a smaller blending brush
Some people call it the “outer v” area, which is the outer 2/3 of your eye. I drug it a little bit further in than just the outer 2/3 of my eye as a base for the dark shades I was about to apply over it. For this step, I used the Sigma Beauty Blending – E25 brush, as it is a little smaller than the E40 brush, but still blends shadows out nicely.
6. Apply shade 9 (Dark Brown) to the outer corner of the eye with that same smaller blending brush
This time, instead of dragging the color in further, I’m keeping it right in the outer v area of my eye.
7. Apply shade 10 (Black) to the lash line (both lower and upper lash line) with a smudge brush
Last step for the eyeshadow, I applied the darkest color to my lash line, and blended it upwards for a diffused look. This will help to line up the eyeliner as well. For the brush, I used the e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush.
8. Apply liquid eyeliner, lashes, and mascara
You can do a wing like I did, or you can keep it simple. You can skip the lashes and just load up on the mascara. It’s totally up to you! For this look, I totally suggest making the focus on the lashes.
On the lips
For my lip looks, I did two different ones. The first one I did is my tutorial for getting pouty lips, which you can find here! The other lip I did was using a red lip liner all over the lips. I started off with lining them, then filled them in completely. If I wear a red lip, its almost always lip liner, as its the only red that stays on my lips. For this look, I used Kylie Cosmetics Lip Liner in Mary Jo K. With reds, you want to make sure you have something that stays on really well and doesn’t smudge. Red lipsticks are notorious for smearing quickly and making a huge mess.
For my complexion
Some tips to consider for this look
- Always blend your shadow in between each step with a fluffy blending brush. Don’t just apply the shadow, make sure to smooth everything out. This will make the look so much softer and blended.
- If you don’t want it as dark, just skip the black and stick with the browns.
- When doing winged liner, do your eyes first. If you mess up and need to wipe away or fix the liner, you don’t have to worry about messing up your complexion along with it.
- You can literally choose any lip you want for this look! I did something more neutral that would go with anything. Reds and nudes are my favorite lips.
- Yes, primer really is that important. Don’t skip it. I promise you will regret it if you skip it.