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You would think Valentine’s Day style requires only red lipstick and lingerie, but real life isn’t like that. Is it just me, or is red lace itchier than the other colours? We women live nuanced lives, and there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all makeup look for Valentine’s Day.
No matter what your relationship status, you can be assured that one thing will never let you down: a top-quality lipstick that is capable of surviving anything, whether you are making out, bitching about your ex, having a long, comfortable chat with your partner of ten years, or all of the above.
For my top lipstick pick and more, check out these three different Valentine’s Day beauty looks. I have actually worn each at different relationship stages of my life.
Single & ready to mingle
As a single girl, Valentine’s Day was a special sort of torture. Not only did my ex-boyfriend break up with me a week before Valentine’s Day (and just after I had major surgery!), I worked in the greeting card section of Myer. That meant hours upon hours of glaring at horrific cardboard cupids and blood-red hearts.
You can understand why I began to treat my makeup as my warpaint and armour. I would heap on the black eyeliner to convince myself – and others – that I was a total tough girl, and not at all a blubbering, heartbroken wreck.
Perfect your angry glare with a black, smokey eye, using hints of sparkle for extra fire. I start with a swipe of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin, which is a shimmery champagne-coloured primer that can also be used as a highlighter for the inner corners of your eyes. Definitely buy it when Mecca Cosmetica brings it to our shores.
Why wear only one black eye-makeup product, when you can have three? By combining both matte and sparkly black eyeshadows, as well as a kohl eyeliner, you can take your smoky eye to the next, badass level. My spangly black eyeshadow of choice is L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadow in Eternal Black. Sweep it over any eye shadow or liner, and you will become a glamorous, cold-hearted babe who NEVER has her heart broken, I promise.
Shimmery, powdered bronzer should be smudged between the eyelid crease and browbone, to add extra warmth. Waterproof Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express mascara to complete this look, and all of the others featured in this story.
I use smatterings of pink to keep this look fresh and a tiny bit romantic. At the moment, I love wearing hot pink lip balms, because they add a jolt of youthful colour to the face, whether worn alone or with a heavy eye look. Here, I’ve used Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Tulip, but Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop in Pink Shock is also great. A sheer, peach-pink wash of Bourjois blush in Rose Coup de Foudre on my cheeks, and the world is reminded that I am still alive, despite my heartbreak.
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Fuchsia Power is the perfect, heavy-duty, pinky-punk accessory for when you are ripping up those stupid cardboard cupids, and/or flipping the bird at your ex.
The first date
The first flush of a relationship is always a romantic time, ideally filled with dinner dates and sensual, subtle makeup. For this Victoria’s Secret-inspired look, there are three things to remember.