Put your best face forward
By Lauren Kelly, Graphics Manager
Whether you’re going out on a date, celebrating with friends, or just inspired by the holiday, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to try a cute new makeup look. Here are some items you can get at Sephora to complete two looks at two budget levels with makeup that you’ll be able to wear long after the holiday. The first look comes in at $74 for a pretty, pink, romantic look, and the second is $27 to $45 for a smoky eye and bold lip. For each I found an eyeshadow palette, blush, and lip item, and I’m trusting you to complete the looks with your favourite staples!
Look one: Pretty and Pink ($74)
Violet Voss’ Fun Sized Mini Eyeshadow Palette in “Berry Burst”
This small and powerful 10-shade palette is full of metallic and matte pinks, berries, and browns. You can create a pretty, light pink shimmery look; an impactful, bold berry look; a smoky nude look; or an everyday basic look. The pink shimmers are perfect for a soft, romantic Valentine’s eye.
BUXOM’s Wanderlust Primer-infused Blush in “Dolly”
This new blush from BUXOM packs a lot of pigment, meaning it should show up on any skin tone. Dolly in particular is a beautiful rosy plum shade that can give you a light flush or a bold glow depending on how much blush you like to wear!
Fenty Beauty’s Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in “FU$$Y”
This gloss looks amazing over bare lips or lipstick. It’s sheer but with a pink tint, emphasizing your natural lip colour while adding sparkle, a whole lotta shine, and the appearance of plumper lips without any burn. For more impact or a more defined lip, wear a rose or nude liquid lipstick underneath. Rihanna’s goal with the gloss was for wearers “to get kissed more,” making it perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Look two: Bold and Romantic ($27 to $45)
SEPHORA COLLECTION’s Colourful Eyeshadow in “Let’s Dance” or “Go Wild”
The SEPHORA house line is one of my favourite sources of lip products, but their eyeshadows are also great quality for the price. Let’s Dance, part of their glitter lineup, is a warm grey with purple undertones. Go Wild, a shimmer shade, is a darker version of it. These two will look fantastic together as a dramatic smoky eye, and the warmth of the colours will pair well with the cheeks and lips.
MILK Makeup’s Lip + Cheek Mini in “Werk”
MILK’s creamy lip and cheek duos come in many colours, but Werk is also available in a mini size, making it a perfect bargain to grab both a lip and cheek colour. Werk is a pretty rose shade and the formula is incredibly buildable. This is a great base that isn’t loud enough to compete with the bold eye and lip of this look while still giving you a pretty flush.
SEPHORA COLLECTION’s Cream Lip Stain in “Infinite Rose” or “Blackberry Sorbet”
If you want something bolder on your lips than Werk, try one of these shades! A warm pink and deep berry, both have a metallic shimmer that matches the eye well without being overwhelming. This liquid lipstick is very long-lasting, so if you want something that is kiss, food, and drink-proof, this is a must-pick-up.