Last week it was all about the Soft and Flirty Makeup. This week I’m bringing you something that is sultry, sexy, and perfect for Valentine’s Day. This is my go-to look whenever we venture out for a date night. If you follow along on Snapchat you will have noticed this look in my snaps from Saturday night. I was testing the waters to see if this was the look for the week and after your feedback (thanks!) I knew this look would have to be featured.
The other reason why I went for this look is because some ladies fear going too dark with their eye makeup. I’m here to show you it can be done without over doing it. When you get to the final look, I think you’ll see it’s hard to tell gray was even used. And that’s why it’s so perfect. It’s subtle yet has the perfect amount of sultry that you need.
Step 1: Complete your base and concealer and jump straight into the eyes. Apply a cream base or eye primer to prep your lids. Using Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, smooth onto the lids and blend softly into the crease.
Step 2: Use a tapered shadow brush to keep the shadow from being too pigmented and heavy and it’s less dense to help blend it around the eye. Using Bare Minerals Nude Beach, apply the color all over the entire eye area.
Step 3: Using a crease blending brush, apply Bare Minerals Skyline to the outer corner of the eye and into the crease. You want the color to be concentrated mainly on the outer part of the eye. The middle of the lid and inner corners should still be light and not too dark. With the same color and a shader brush, buff onto the lower lashline.
Step 4: With a fluffy blending brush, apply a shimmery nude color, such as Laura Geller’s Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla, to the brow bone and inner corner of the eye.
Step 5: Using a gel or wet powder liner, line the upper lash line with an angled liner brush. Be sure to add a cat eye touch! I personally think this adds the drama and makes the eye look more sultry. Finish off with your mascara of choice.
Step 6: Apply bronzer to the cheekbones, forehead, temples, and nose using an angled brush. My current favorite is Sonia Kashuk Bronzer in Golden. It has a nice shimmer to it and the color isn’t too dark. Beware because it is a loose bronzer and it tends to make a mess. With a light hand, apply Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Rose, with a duo fiber brush, onto the apples of the cheeks.
Step 7: Since we want to amp up this look and add more drama, let’s highlight the cheekbones. Using Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up, rub the stick along your cheekbones and around the eye area, creating a “C”. Blend with the built in sponge or use your finger (my preference) to melt the color and blend.
Step 8: Lining your lips is very important when wearing a bold color. It’s definitely going to give it staying power and keep the color from bleeding outside the lines. I lined my lips then filled in with the same color. It’s the worst feeling when you eat your lipstick off and you’re left with just an outer ring of color. I keep Wet n Wild’s Color Icon Liner in Fab Fuschia on hand at all times. I like the way it works with berry tones, reds, and some pinks.
Step 9: Finish off by applying MAC Rebel all over, blot, and reapply as needed. Touch up with a q-tip or concealer as needed.
I opted for a classic french twist updo to make sure all the emphasis was on my makeup. Make plans to get out and have some fun this Valentine’s Day.
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