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February 4, 2014

7 Ways to Sweeten Your Makeup Look for Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! This is a holiday that gives us an excuse to play around with those unused eyeshadow palettes and lipsticks, or even try out a new technique or two. Whether you plan to celebrate with a long-time partner, a few girlfriends, or maybe you’re finally ready to swipe right on that Tinder profile, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to go all out.

At Phagans, we love to see our students experiment with fun make-up looks. Here are some of our favorite makeup tips and tricks to help inspire you this Valentine’s Day.

1. Pink Eyeshadow

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little bit of pink. Reds, pinks, and purples have become some of the un-official colors of romance, love, and valentine chocolate boxes! Add some of these colors to your makeup pallet for something a little more memorable.

We love the look of a complete pink eye look. From a bold neon liner, to a smokey hot-pink shade that creates a halo around each eye, a splash of pink can’t be beat.

2. Red Lips

A bold red lip is iconic, glamorous, and timeless. Make your lips the focal point of the evening by shading them in a daring red hue. Be sure the lipstick you choose is a long-lasting stain that can live through a few sips of wine without smudging or coming off too-quickly.

girl wearing red sweater with matching lipstick looking down

We love a vampire-inspired burgundy, but you can also stick with a classic crimson for a holiday look no one can mistake.

3. Head-To-Toe Matching

Color blocking and coordination isn’t just for men’s belts and shoes. Get a complete look by matching your eyeshadow and lip shades to your blouse, dress, hair, or skin. A one-toned look can be elegant, formal, and super sexy when done right.

A nude look can be a sultry choice. Use some of your foundation as a base for your lips and blend it with a nude shade. Check out our blog on how to find the right foundation for your face.

girl with double bun hairstyle holds cherries in one hand

You can also use a very light pink to barely highlight the apples of your cheeks as well as your inner lips. Use color blocking to match your chosen dress color to your eyeshadow or lips as well. A hot pink, red, or orange can be a refreshing pop of color.

4. More Mascara

Nothing is as feminine as long, thick eyelashes. Bring out your best feature this Valentine’s and add a bit more mascara to your look. Don’t be afraid of having it get a bit clumpy! A jagged, striking shape to your lashes will add to the drama!

black woman with braids and thick mascara

If you’re afraid you don’t have the natural gifts of your own, check out Phagan’s eyelash extension services. We can help you achieve a Valentine’s Day look with beautiful lashes you’re truly excited about.

5. Cat Eyes

It’s a look that has been around since the times of the ancient Egyptians, and for good reason! A beautiful winged eyeliner elongates the eye’s shape and makes them the focal point of any look. Nothing says femininity, grace, or romance quite like this timeless makeup technique.

woman with pink eyeshadow looks downward

Start by lining the top lid in a dark brown or black and follow upwards from the outer corner to create a pointed edge. Trace your wing down and line your lower lid line halfway across for a more bolded look.

6. Dewy Highlights

Shimmery, glowing skin. Who doesn’t wish they had it? Give your face some natural highlights by applying shimmer to the tops of your cheekbones, the tip of your nose, under the brow bones and in the corner of your eyes. Don’t forget the moisturizer! Refreshed and hydrated skin is going to give you that instant glow.

black woman's collarbones highlighted by makeup

Add some drama with a bit of dewy shine. Simply spritz some setting spray and add white or lighter foundation shades to those highlight areas of the face.

7. Hints of Glitter

Glitter can be a fun accent to any look, but when applying it in your makeup, be sure to use it wisely. A glittery eyeliner or shimmery eyeshadow is everything you need to draw attention to the right places.

Draw the eyes up to your brow bone, eye line, or lips with a bit of shimmer and glitter. You can even try the glue and dip approach to get a completely covered look.

Find Your Valentine’s Day Style

Choose one or a few of these looks and show us what you achieve this Valentine’s Day! If you want a little extra help, check out Phagans makeup services in our student salon. We offer girl’s night packages so you can come with a friend! Or you can book a solo appointment with one of your favorite student artists.

{All services performed by students shall take place under the supervision and direction of a registered teacher.}

If you love the look we helped inspire, show it off and tag us on Instagram @phagansschoolofhairdesign. We can’t wait to see your take on Valentine’s glamour.

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