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Valentine’s Day Makeup

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From the most flattering foundations to the best red lipsticks, we share the dreamiest makeup must-haves worth starting a love affair with this Valentine’s Day.

First Base

Create the perfect canvas for any makeup look by prepping skin with primer. Not only will this give your foundation enough staying power to last the night, it will also help mask any imperfections, ensuring a smooth base for foundation to adhere to. Always apply moisturiser before priming and remember, when it comes to primer, a little goes a long way – you only really need to use a pea-sized amount. Tap into skin using fingertips or a sponge.

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We Love: Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Infused with crushed pearls, this primer diffuses light and creates a lit-from-within luminosity.

Second Base

Everyone knows that candlelight lends a flattering, soft-focus glow to any occasion, which is why Laura Mercier’s Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation is a genius choice for a Valentine’s makeup look. Create a soft luminous finish with this sheer to medium, buildable coverage. Blended with radiant pearl mica and essential oils, this creamy foundation glides onto skin to deliver a long-lasting, dewy finish that looks as though you’re bathed in the warm and fuzzy glow of candlelight.

Hot Flush

Create a healthy flushed feel with Nars Blush in Orgasm – a lightweight blusher that uses transparent pigments to create a soft, sheer wash of colour. If you prefer a more luminous blush (great for more mature skin), try the same shade in the liquid formula. You can even layer Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush over the powder blush for a more intense look.

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We Love: Nars Blush in Orgasm
A universally flattering, soft pink hue, apply to the apples of cheeks for a fresh-faced take.

No Fire without Smoke

If you’re going to wear a statement lip, keep eye makeup to a minimum and opt for more subtle, dusky shades that will complement your lips and still flatter your face; rose pinks, warm golds and burnished browns are ideal for creating a soft smoky eye and a brown eyeliner is a softer way to create definition. Try running Hourglass Mechanical Gel Liner in Bronze along the upper waterline to make eyes appear larger. Lashings of mascara are a must, or you could always up the ante with a pair of false eyelashes for beautiful, battable lashes.

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We Love: Hourglass Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in Vista Use wet or dry and smoke out for a subtle, smouldering look.

Cupid’s Bow

Soft, kissable lips are the way to go and By Terry’s Baume de Rose Lip Scrub is the answer. A delicate blend of rose butter, rose flower essential wax and sugar micro-crystals create an ultra-fine exfoliating action that gently buffs away to reveal super soft, smooth skin. Lock in moisture with a hydrating lip balm, such as Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm – its matte finish creates the perfect base for lipstick.

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We Love: Rodin’s Luxury Lipstick in Tough Tomato – the ultimate statement orange/red for Valentine’s Day. Use with the matching Luxury Lip Pencil for extra precision or create a cool, more lived-in lip look by simply dabbing onto lips with your fingers and blotting. Keep Caudalie French Kiss Tinted Lip Balm in Addiction close to hand, and tap over the colour to keep lips looking irresistible.

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