Sure, Valentine’s Day looks a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your makeup. We’ve rounded up 5 gorgeous looks for some major V-Day beauty inspo, with step-by-step instructions to recreate them from home.
Zendaya’s Fresh-Faced Glow
If your Valentine’s Day mood is low-key rather than ultra-glam, take notes from Zendaya: the ELLE Canada cover star certainly knows a thing or two about beauty. Fun fact: she was actually her own makeup artist for her most recent film project, Malcom & Marie. Try this easygoing look to create an eye-catching yet minimal vibe.
Get the look:
Start off by prepping the skin with a lightweight face oil, like Metadia Copia Face Oil. This makes for a dewy base while nourishing the skin, and lends a stunning light-catching effect that’s perfect for daytime dates.
Dot on Burt’s Bees Colour Nurture Moisturizing Cream Blush in Berry Whip for a wash of colour. The creamy formula blends like a dream and the berry tint looks very natural.
Polished brows are the key to elevating this pared-back look. Opt for a brow gel that has ample hold to keep every hair in place from day to night, like NYX Professional Makeup The Brow Glue.
A touch of Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara will add volume to your lashes without making them look clumpy. Apply on the bottom and top lashes in zig-zag motions for optimal length and separation.
Selena Gomez’s “De Una Vez” Romantic Rose Makeup
According to ELLE US, the inspiration behind this dreamy look can be credited to Dolce & Gabbana’s spring 2014 and Alexander McQueen’s spring 2016 runway shows. Makeup artist Melissa Murdick used all Rare Beauty products on Selena, but we’ve rounded up several options to achieve a similar effect.
Get the look:
Start off with a lightweight foundation, like Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation to get flawless coverage sans the feeling of heaviness.
Apply a liquid blush, like Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush in Happy on the apples of the cheeks, going up towards the cheekbones. This creates an all-over flushed effect that pairs beautifully with soft accents, like gently brushed up brows and fluttering lashes.
Add a swipe of shimmery shadow from the Quo Beauty Wake Up Micro Eyeshadow Quad with your fingers or a fluffy blending brush to brighten up the entire eye area. Use the darker shade in the palette with a small flat brush to subtly define the lash line.
Coat your lips in Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss in Enchanting Kiss for a touch of shine and a hint of colour. The unique hyaluronic acid-infused formula plumps up lips instantly and leaves them feeling deeply conditioned for hours on end.
Zoe Kravitz’s Effortlessly Cool Matte Look
Leave it to Chanel Makeup artist Nina Park to perfect this sultry undone look on Zoe Kravitz. Paired with natural hair and a simple outfit, it makes for a sexy yet laid-back look that’s perfect for a stay-at-home date.
Get the look:
Powdered foundation is having a major moment these days, and Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation is among the best of the bunch. Using a large powder brush, dust all over the face to mattify skin and create an even base.
The MOB Beauty Palette was designed by the creators of MAC Cosmetics and is fully customizable, depending on the look you want to achieve. Did we mention all packaging is made using compostable post-consumer recycled materials? Win! For this look, select a cream lip in a dusty rose shade, a neutral shadow to match your lids, and the cake liner in black to define the inner corners of the eyes and create a soft wing.
Fill in brows with Plume Nourish & Define Brow Pomade to add structure and boldness to the final look.
Laura Harrier’s Classic Beauty
If there’s one celeb who can rock a classic Valentine’s day look, it’s Hollywood star Laura Harrier. Pair this look with soft waves and your favourite jewelry and you’re well on your way to achieving peak romance.
Get the look:
The key to channeling Laura Harrier’s otherworldly glow is starting off with well-tended-to skin. Start off by massaging the face with an antioxidant-rich face oil, like Pivot Plant-Based Nourishing Oil to refresh and awaken the skin.
Mask imperfections and add SPF protection with Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Foundation SPF 45. This particular formula is ultra-hydrating and blends easily, which creates a natural-looking base.
Coat the lashes in Bite Beauty Upswing Full Volume Mascara for a fanned-out, ultra-fluffy look that won’t ever flake on you. If you want to really amplify the drama, use a lash curler beforehand.
Apply Guerlain Kiss Kiss Tender Matte in 775 Kiss Rouge using your fingertips to create a barely-there lip that’s oh-so-inviting. Blend a touch of this creamy formula into cheeks to create an all-over rosy effect.
Shay Mitchell’s Neon Accent
If soft and romantic isn’t your thing, opt for this vibrant high-energy look, as seen on actor (and avid TikToker) Shay Mitchell.
Get the look:
Start off the look with a smear of Tower 28 SuperDew Shimmer-Free Highlight Balm anywhere you desire a high-wattage glow. Apply generously on your lips, as well as the high points of the cheekbones and brow bones to add reflective shine with zero glitter.
Create a bold wing that won’t budge with KVD Vegan Beauty Tattoo Liner. Make sure to snag the latest limited-edition version of the cult liner: 5% of every purchase will be donated to the United Nations Foundation to benefit Girl Up, an initiative advancing girls’ opportunities to lead.
Extend your wing by tracing around it with a hot pink liner (appropriate for the occasion, no?). We love the Makeup Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil Eye, Lip & Brow Pencil in 802 Fuchsia Etc – it also works great on lips and brows if you really want to get really experimental.
Finally, define the lashes with a hint of L’Oreal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara. It’s lightweight enough to create subtle definition, while still delivering major volume and curl.
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