The Look of Love: Date-Night Beauty Guide
Valentine’s Day is all about stirring up the passion in your lover, so it’s time to put your best face forward. We picked five lovely beauty trends from the runway (with product suggestions so you can try it!) that are sure to make your main squeeze get that desired look of love.
La Dolce VitaA rosy complexion, bright eyes and a floral accent will help you get the Italian look of amore. Eyes: Using a concealer, cover those dark circles from too many nights out (it’s New York Fashion Week after all). Highlight interior corners with a illuminating pale pink while you dust your lids with a tawny brown. Face: Begin with a clean face, then apply a peony-pink blush from apples on up your cheek bones for a blooming look. Lips: Layer on two luscious colors atop each other and blend for the perfect just-bitten shade. Hair: For an ethereal look, add a charming handmade flower hairpin.
SHOP NOW: Blush in Rosebud, $45, Dolce & Gabbana, Sephora.com; The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Color Quad in Golds, $59, Dolce & Gabbana, Sephora.com; Classic Cream Lipsticks in Bellisima and Traviata, $32 each, Dolce & Gabbana, Sephora.com; Perfect Finish Concealer, $37, Dolce & Gabbana, Sephora.com; rose hairpin set, $18, Kisforkani, Etsy.com
Simply SmokyIf it’s all about the smoky eye for your night out, keep the lip nude to put the focus up top. Face: Achieve skin perfection with a liquid foundation before blending in a cream blush onto the apples of the cheeks. Eyes: Line the upper and lower lashes with a classic black kohl pencil before blending up and out, and add a shade of charcoal on lids. Highlight on the interior corners with a light-reflecting pale-nude-pink. Lips: Find your perfect shade of creamy lipstick in nude. Hair: Keep flyaways at bay with a luxurious hair oil that smells incredible.
SHOP NOW: Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil in black, $22, Givenchy Beauty, Barneys.com; Perfection Lumiere Foundation, $57, Chanel, Nordstrom.com; BareMinerals READY Eyeshadow in The Honeymoon Phase, $20, BareMinerals, Sephora.com; Huile Secret de Beaute, $66, LenorGreyl-USA.com; Lipstick in Spanish Pink, $49, Tom Ford Beauty, NeimanMarcus.com
Finding FridaGo bohemian and channel the illustrious Frida Kahlo for your date night with soft makeup, a berry-hued lip and a braided updo. Face: Begin with a creamy concealer to cover any imperfections, then add a touch of cream bronzer to cheeks. Eyes: Blend a light layer of mushroom-hued cream eye shadow over lids. Lips: Layer two lip colors, blending a darker berry hue towards the center of lips. Hair: Go backstage for the hair at Neem Khan
SHOP NOW: Radiant Creamy Concealer, $29, NARSCosmetics.com; The Multiple in South Beach, $39, NARSCosmetics.com; Cream Eyeshadow in Corfu, $25, NARSCosmetics.com; Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park and Yu, $25 each, NARSCosmetics.com
Dark RomanceIf dark and stormy is your vibe, focus on bold brows and an even bolder lip. Face: Keep it sheer, but dab on a face illuminator before ridding eyes of unwanted circles with a brightening concealer. Warm up cheeks with a petal-pink cream blush. Brows: Allow natural brows to be enhanced for a bold look, as you keep your eye makeup minimal, using just mascara. Lips: Choose a goth-shade of berry red, such as this cult-classic, for a beautiful brooding look.
SHOP NOW: Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $41, Yves Saint Laurent, Nordstrom.com; Argan Cream Blush in Sunrise, $22, JosieMaranCosmetics.com; PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator, $13, Revlon, Ulta.com; Rosewater Balancing Mist, $24, Jurlique.com; Revlon Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown, $7, Revlon.com; Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15, Clinique.com
Dewy and Doe-EyedAchieve a youthful, fresh-as-the-spring-dew look with minimal makeup that’s all about the lashes. Face: For a clean start, set the stage with a sheer foundation, then add a touch of pink multiuse cream blush to cheeks and lips. Eyes: Curl, curl, curl those lashes, then layer on a lengthening mascara to top lashes. Brows: Using an angled brush, fill in brows with a powder for definition that shapes the face.
SHOP NOW: Larger Than Life mascara, $25, NARSCosmetics.com; Matte Eyeshadow in Bali, $25, NARSCosmetics.com; Sheer Glow Foundation, $45, NARSCosmetics.com; The Multiple in Riviera, $39, NARSCosmetics.com