Makeup & nails

7 products for the luxurious Valentine's Day you deserve

Valentine's Day 2017 Makeup

Makeup & nails

7 products for the luxurious Valentine's Day you deserve

Whether you're staying in or going out, indulge in a little romance.

1. Perfume

French designer Azzedine Alaïa’s sophomore fragrance is a floral arrangement with notes of almond and vanilla, meant to conjure up a stroll through the Alhambra gardens in Granada, Spain. Alaïa Eau de Parfum Blanche Spray ($122 for 50 mL), at holtrenfrew.com.

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2. Mascara

Red lipstick not your bag? Swipe on this burgundy mascara instead. The wand is a hybrid of two different brushes to give both curl and volume without clumping. Marc Jacobs O!mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet ($33), at sephora.com.

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3. Highlighter

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Guerlain’s cult illuminating powder that brought light to the face long before strobing was a thing. This limited-edition version contains matte and shimmery pearls for a warm glow. Guerlain Météorites Happy Glow Pearls Light Revealing Pearls of Powder ($89), at nordstrom.com.

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4. Makeup Brush

Gently diffuse powders with this fluffy multi-purpose brush. Lise Watier Face and Corsage Brush ($32), at lisewatier.com.

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5. Body Oil

This ingenious body spray takes the messiness out of oil application. (This one is sweet almond.) The scent—Tom Ford’s summery Soleil Blanc, with notes of bergamot, cardamom and ylang-ylang—doesn’t hurt, either. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Dry Oil Spray ($84), holtrenfrew.com.

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6. Nail polish

A pink nail suddenly feels so right. Rebecca Minkoff, global colour designer for Essie, agrees—she included two shades in her spring collection for the brand. Essie Nail Polish in Backseat Besties ($10), essie.ca.

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7. Lipstick

“I wanted to choose a colour that I go to and that any skin tone can wear. It’s like a raspberry: It’s red, it’s pink, but it’s not red and pink all the way—it’s a great in-between. I had to say ‘Can you make it a little more this, a little more that?’ until we got the colour that I fell in love with. I just put it on and was like, ‘This is it, this is the one!’” – Empire actress Taraji P. Henson on her Viva Glam lipstick. All proceeds go to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. M.A.C Cosmetics Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipstick ($21), maccosmetics.ca.

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7 products for the luxurious Valentine's Day you deserve