By Samantha Lennon
You can and should embrace the holiday of love aka Valentine’s Day this year with a simple and easy makeup look. On this day where love is the focus —whether it’s you and your boyfriend, your partner, or your BFFs — a clean and balanced makeup look will show off your natural beauty. This Valentine’s Day, go with a naked-look eye and a bold lip. Not only is it romantic and polished, but you will still look like you.
Butter London Sheer Wisdom Serum Shadow: A “naked eye” or “naked-look” eye makeup doesn’t really mean wear nothing on your lid or going bare. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Start with Butter London’s Sheer Wisdom Serum Shadows, which will neutralize color and smooth lids for a more youthful, fresh look. It can be worn a la carte or as a primer for eyeshadow.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer: A naked, clean-eye look also includes the area under the eyes. Finding your perfect concealer for this region of the face is vital and NARS’ new Soft Matte Complete Concealer may be your Holy Grail. It mixes soft-focus blur with high-performance coverage. That basically means you will basically erase imperfections, can color-correct, and neutralize any dark circles.
Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Color: How perfect! A lovers’ holiday can be celebrated with a “Lovers” lip color. Laura Mercier’s Velour Lovers lippies are highly-pigmented and moisturizing. Add a beautiful satin matte finish and you get va-va-voom lips.
Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette: This palette from Drew Barrymore’s beauty brand will work its way into your permanent makeup routine — yes, it’s that good. It contains three universal strobing shades. You will get radiance and luminosity that mimics the glow your skin and visage takes after seeing or smooching your beloved.
Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick: Vu’s full-range of French Kiss shades are inspired by French women and their celebrated, inimitable, and impeccable sense of style. You can build your lip look with these lush lippies. Sure, most people associate Valentine’s Day with kissing, which isn’t really the best activity for lipstick because DUH! But before you get to the kiss stage, you need to show off “Come Hither” lips and these will allow you to do that!
OPI Infinite Shine ProStay: If you get a mani on Galentine’s Day — which is the day before Valentine’s Day— you can enjoy 11 ensuing days of gel-like wear and blinding shine. The three-step system starts with a base coat, then color, then a top coat. Even better, when the mani is battered and chipped, you can easily soak the polish off. DIY manis are such a “Yes” right now.
Lancome Sourcils Tint Longwear Eyebrow Pen: If you regularly read my columns, you know I am brow obsessed. I am loving Lancome’s felt tip eyebrow pen. You can ditch those messy powders and harsh pencils for this precise and long-wearing product, which will fill in sparse areas and add definition.
Samantha Lennon – Your Makeup Artist
Makeup Consultant, Artist, & Writer