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Valentine's Day Makeup: How to Get a Romantic Look He'll Love

Embrace a classic palette of pinks and reds to get this sweet-as-candy Valentine's Day makeup look perfect for date night with your honey.

Whether you celebrate the day with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, BFF, or even a pet, Valentine's Day makes for some serious makeup inspiration. It's a day to embrace passionate reds, flirty pinks, and sexy berry hues. I was inspired to create a versatile Valentine's Day makeup look that will glow under candlelight as well as light up a night on the town. The colors are warm and inviting and the lip color is long-wearing, so it will last through smooches, eating, and drinking.

Check out the video tutorial below to see how I created this look:

Step-by-step directions to create this Valentine's Day makeup:

  1. Begin by sweeping a matte, light brown into your crease with a crease brush. I begin nearly every eye look this way. Lt. Brown from the Lorac Pro To Go palette makes a great crease color.
  2. Next, press a rose gold pigment like L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush all over the lid with a dampened flat shader shadow brush.
  3. Brighten up the inner corners of the eye and the brow bone with a shimmery beige like Beige from the Lorac Pro to Go palette.
  4. Now, take a shimmery burgundy shadow like Rust from NYX Cosmetics and press onto the outer third of the lid with a small brush. Blend the color inward with a blending brush.
  5. Next, line your top and bottom lash line with a metallic, brown pencil like Urban Decay's 24/7 Pencil in Smog.
  6. Use a black pencil liner like Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in Black Lace to line the inner rim on both top and bottom lash lines.
  7. Apply a generous coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes. Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes will give you soft, feathery lashes.
  8. Intensify your cheek color with a shimmering rose like Benefit's Rockateur.
  9. Give your skin that lit-from-within glow with a powder highlighter like NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross.
  10. Now onto the lips! Apply a long-wearing raspberry shade like Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Strumpet with a lip brush.
  11. Top your lip color with a shimmery, gold gloss like NARS Lip Gloss in Albatross.

I hope you have a day full of all kinds of love!

For more makeup tips and tricks from Ivy, visit Wake Up for Makeup.

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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