A day of love and romance. I actually believe that love should be celebrated and made a fuss of any day of the year, but hey lets get back to this specific day. This is a day most will share with their partners, husbands, lovers etc. But its not just about romantic love. Love goes beyond that. It’s about extending that hand of friendship to someone who you may not reach out to usually. Remembering people from your past, remembering people or family who may have lost someone, remembering your single friends and family, widows and widowers or even forgiving someone who has wronged you! The last one can be difficult but definitely doable, life is too short!:-)
As I write these things, I’m also talking to myself. Now if you opt to stay in by yourself, watch romcoms and eat chocolates or not celebrate it at all, it all definitely works. How ever you decide to spend it, have an open heart and enjoy your day…
Okay back to the makeup….
This year I’ve opted for a soft glam Valentines day look. The colours I’ve chosen would work across a spectrum of skin tones. This can be worn out on a date or if your out with friends or family.
I used the Naked 3 palette to create a pink soft smokey eye.
Red is considered the colour of love and passion for some and with the valentines season upon us many of us would love to wear red lipstick, but don’t know where to begin. A nice red lipstick can bring your face to life and turn a fairly simple makeup look into a dramatic one.
“But red lipstick doesn’t suit me…” was a sentence I used to frequently find myself saying. When what I should have been saying was “I need to find the right red lipstick for my skin tone”. My signature look is usually a nude lip, but I love to paint my lips red every so often especially as red lips makes me feel instantly glamorous. Truth be told, most of us can find a shade of red which suits us and there are a few guidelines around which offer some assistance. The general consensus regarding shades of red lipstick and skin tone are:
Determine your skin colouring which may be fair, medium, olive, chocolate brown, dark brown. A blue based red lipstick looks good on fair skin, true blood red looks nice on medium or olive skin. Burgundy and dark reds look best on darker skin tones.
However, rules are meant to be broken. I say go and try different shades, tones, mattes and glosses. Remove all signs of any lipstick before you try on the red and get a second opinion from a trusted friend. Don’t forget your lip liner and you can clean up any “bleeding” with concealer. Mixing and blending different shades of red can also create your perfect colour. The one rule I would definitely follow is go easy on the eye makeup. Keep the eye shadow fairly neutral so you don’t look garish.
I’m wearing one of my favourite red lipsticks in the photo: MAC’s Viva Glam.
If you’re not used to wearing red lips- give it a try.
If you already wear it – keep doing you..
Use one word in the comments section to describe how you feel when you wear red lipstick..