Whether you’re in a relationship or not, every day should be about love, so Valentine’s Day is pretty useless in that aspect if you ask me. Still, it’s a good excuse to treat yourselves to a nice dinner or a weekend trip.
I put together this ultra-femme, romantic rose gold makeup look using ColourPop eyeshadows, highlighter and lip products to get us in the mood for the holiday–no boyfriend necessary.
Products I used:
- First Aid Beauty Oil-Free Mattifying Gel Moisturizer
- Glossier Balm Dotcom in Coconut
- Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium
- Tarte Shape Tape concealer in Light Neutral
- Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium
- Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Make-Up Setting Spray
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
- Buxom eyeshadow in Gimme Gorgeous
- A matte neutral or slightly warm-toned dark brown eyeshadow (I used one from the Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Palette)
- ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows in Come And Get It and Let Me Explain
- ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows in Drizzle and Unsupervised (from the Golden State Of Mind palette)
- Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Mocha
- BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Capri Coast
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Seduce
- ColourPop Super Shock Highlighter in Might Be
- Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
- L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara in Blackest Black, available at drugstores
- ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Moon Child
Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Pore Refiner Primer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.
Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of Perfecting Skin Tint. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.
Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Shape Tape. Blend with a stippling brush.
Step 4: Set the entire face with Wowder, focusing on the t-zone and under-eye areas. Finish with a generous amount of setting spray and allow to dry. Blend by pressing into the skin with a dry or damp makeup sponge.
Step 5: Apply a little Primer Potion to the eye area.
Step 6: Set the primer with a matte bone-colored powder shadow on a fluffy blending brush. I used ColourPop’s Full-Zip.
Step 7: With the same fluffy blending brush, define the crease with Gimme Gorgeous. Blend upward and outwards for blown-out, cat-like effect.
Step 8: Take the matte brown shade on a smaller crease brush, and define the outer corner of the crease, as well as the outer “V” of the eye. Use the same fluffy brush from Steps 6 and 7 to blend.
Step 9: Apply Come And Get It to the center of the lid on a clean shadow brush. Blend with the same brush from Steps 6 and 7 if necessary.
Step 10: Use the ring finger to apply a mixture of Drizzle and Unsupervised to the remaining bare part of the lid.
Step 11: With the same fluffy brush from Steps 6 and 7, apply a little Gimme Gorgeous to the lower lash line.
Step 12: Drag the matte brown shade along the outer half of the lower lash line. Keep this shadow tighter to the lower lash line than Gimme Gorgeous.
Step 13: Take a mixture of Drizzle and Unsupervised on the ring finger, and gently pat that onto the lower lash line. Blend with the fluffy brush if necessary.
Step 14: Clean and define the eye area by sweeping the matte bone-colored shadow (Full-Zip) onto the brow bone with a dome brush.
Step 15: Carve out the cheekbones with Mocha by applying it directly to the skin. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Then, tap with the fingers to blend.
Step 16: Continue to apply Mocha to the temples and under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect, and continue tapping with the fingers to blend.
Step 17: Buff Capri Coast over Mocha with a fluffy face brush.
Step 18: To brighten up the face, add a little Seduce to the apples of the cheeks. Tap with the fingers to blend.
Step 19: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Might Be with a setting brush, then tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. This will give you somewhat of a faux “sunglasses tan.”
Step 20: Use a fan brush to apply Might Be to the bridge and tip of the nose.
Step 21: With the pinky finger, apply Let Me Explain to the inner corner of the eye and the cupid’s bow.
Step 22: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat for a more dramatic look.
Step 23: Finish with more setting spray.
Step 24: After combing and curling the lashes, apply two coats of mascara to both the top and bottom lashes.
Step 25: Line the lips neatly with a nude or a nude-pink pencil (I used Oh Snap from ColourPop). Liners can be tricky, but a foolproof strategy I use is to only line the center of the top lip and the corners of the bottom lip, then gently fill in the corners of the bottom lip, fading towards the center. Rub the lips together, allowing some of the color to transfer from top to bottom and vice versa.
Step 26: Apply two even coats of Moon Child to the lips. Be sure to angle to the applicator so that the product applies neatly.