It might surprise you to know that men and women have very different opinions on what looks great when it comes to makeup. While many men prefer barely there, almost natural-looking makeup, women often want to look drop-dead gorgeous – possibly including the use of false eyelashes, contouring and the works. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, here are some tips for a makeup look that will satisfy both you and your man.
Create A Glow
Achieve skin that looks soft and luminous by applying a liquid highlighter under your foundation. This will allow just enough s h imme r t o show through for a natural glow. Try Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight.
Deepen Your Blush
If it’s date night, opt for a shade deeper than your everyday hue. MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Dollymix or Melba will do the trick.
Colour In The Lines
Keep your peepers pretty by using a concealer to cover any dark circles or discolouration. I like the Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer, which hides all imperfections and brightens the eyes. When lining your eyes, stay away from black kohl or liner that could accentuate dark circles and tiredness. Instead, opt for subtle colours like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Liquid Eyeliner in #3 Emerald Green, #6 Navy Blue or #7 Deep Purple.
Hold The Hairspray!
You want your hair to be soft and touchable. Style it in a loose bun or soft waves that your man can run his fingers through. Skip the hairspray and use a finishing cream to smooth strands and add shine. Try John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Crème, Living Proof ’s Styling Spray or Ouidad’s Wave Create Spray.
Keep Lips Kissable
Ditch the intimidating bold lipstick and aim for soft, natural-looking lips. The key is to pick one no more than two shades darker than your natural lip colour, in a pink or berry hue. Try Nudestix Dual Pencil in Flesh or Nude, Nudestix Lip and Cheek in Sin or Love, or Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 14.