With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, it’s hard enough to finalize those plans with our boo or besties, let alone worry about what to wear and how to put together a fierce face. After all, it’s a day devoted to love, so we’ll want to look the part, and what better time than V Day to pull out those bubblegum, rosy, and mauve-y pink shadows and blushes?
Pinks and reds are super fun to work with and the rosiness adds a touch of romance to any look. Don’t be afraid to go all-out; pinks and reds are not strictly for lips and cheeks. Rosy, and even red, eyeshadow are having a trend resurgence — and they’re easier to pull off than you think.
We’ve gathered up some tips on how to rock pink and red makeup this Valentine’s Day without looking like a flamingo. Trust, it’s gorge.
For a super chic and subtle eye makeup look with a lot of charm, do a wash of color—lighter shades of pink work well so that you avoid looking like you’re the sad recipient of an unfortunate case of pink eye.
How-to: Sweep color across entire lid, if you stick to a lighter shade, you can build up the color to the desired intensity, and mishaps are a breeze to clean up. Add black eyeliner when using only one shade so eyes pop. For the braver, go ahead and ombré your eyelids with a lighter shade in the inner corners and gradually getting deeper and brighter as you make your way to the outer corners and creases of your eyelid. Leave full-out pigments of pink and red for high-impact drama. If you’re feeling adventurous this V Day, try a glossy pink eyeshadow for more oomph and sex appeal. (Tip: rub a little Vaseline over shadow instead of forking over cash on a gloss shadow.)
With light pinks, you can go ahead and match lip color to eyeshadow as long as you’ve kept the color in the same shade family. For subtleness, use a pink gloss instead of lipstick. But, if you want your lips to do all the talking (and kissing) this V Day, go for a bright pink or red lip, just keep eyeshadow minimal.
How-to: With reds, intense pigments, and colors meant to stand out, use a bit of concealer before applying lipstick to fill in tiny lines and creases and increase staying power! Concealer on lips is truly your best friend: Besides increasing staying power, it prevents lipstick from bleeding, too. (Tip: Use a skinny brush to outline lips with concealer once you’re done applying lip color to add more definition to that gorgeous pout.)
A bright red or pink lip requires little else, so opt for a sheer cream blush in a pinky hue to give that barely-there blushing effect. Or even a pink highlighter to add subtle color and sheen while your eyes and lips get the attention. If you want cheekbones to have all the fun, then go for a bright pink blush, just keep the rest of your makeup simple (unless you want to look like a color swatch).