Love's Glow: A Step-by-Step Guide to Your Perfect Valentine's Day Makeup | Savoir Flair
Love's Glow: A Step-by-Step Guide to Your Perfect Valentine's Day Makeup
by Mimi Droeshout 5-minute read February 12, 2024

From subtle glows to bold statements, find your ideal beauty look and make this Valentine's Day unforgettable.

Got your Valentine's Day outfit all picked out, but still mulling over the makeup? Our guide is here to help, whether you're going for a statement look or prefer the quiet charm of understated elegance. Let yourself be swept into a dreamy landscape of romance, where pinks, reds, and playful hearts come together to perfectly embody the spirit of Valentine's Day with every detail. With a tailored step-by-step guide for each look, you'll be able to achieve an effortless or unmistakably bold look in no time.

Follow along for four distinct makeup looks that promise to have you glowing no matter how you celebrate love's big day. 

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Sultry & Simple

Let your natural beauty take center stage with this simple yet sultry makeup look this Valentine's Day. Enhance your natural features and glow from within with a look that makes you feel confident and captivating. Whether you're headed out for a romantic dinner or celebrating at home, this look is sure to make hearts flutter.

Step 1: Flawless Base 
Start with a hydrating primer to ensure your skin looks luminous and fresh. Choose a lightweight foundation or a tinted moisturizer for a natural, skin-like finish. Conceal any blemishes or dark circles, but let your natural beauty shine through. Set your base with a translucent powder in the T-zone to maintain that beautiful glow without the shine.

Step 2: Subtly Defined Eyes
Sweep a warm, neutral eyeshadow across your lids for a hint of color. Add depth by blending a slightly darker shade in your crease and along your lower lash line. Opt for a brown eyeliner to softly define your eyes, smudging it slightly for that smoky allure. Finish with two coats of volumizing mascara to make your eyes pop, keeping the look soft and inviting.

Step 3: Natural Flush
Choose a cream blush for a natural, dewy flush. Smile and apply it to the apples of your cheeks, blending upwards towards your temples. This adds a youthful vibrancy and a touch of innocence to your look.

Step 4: Highlight for Glow
Dab a liquid highlighter on the high points of your face — your cheekbones, brow bones, down the bridge of your nose, and a touch on your cupid's bow. This creates a radiant glow that catches the light beautifully, enhancing your natural features.

Step 5: Kissable Lips
For your lips, select a long-wearing lip stain in a rose or berry shade that enhances your natural lip color. This adds a touch of romance without overpowering your look. Finish with a clear or lightly tinted lip gloss for that irresistible shine.

Final Touches:
Set your makeup with a refreshing setting spray to lock everything in place and add an extra dose of hydration. Keep your hairstyle simple and effortless to complement your makeup — think loose waves or a sleek bun.


Bold & Beautiful

Embrace the beauty of audacity this Valentine's Day with a makeup look that’s all about making a bold statement. This look combines sculpted cheeks and a strong lip to ensure all eyes are on you. It’s all about confidence and embracing your unique style. 

Step 1: Prime for Perfection
Begin with a mattifying primer to create a smooth canvas for your makeup. This helps to control shine and ensures your bold look stays put all night long.

Step 2: Flawless Foundation
Opt for a full-coverage foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Apply it evenly to cover any imperfections and achieve a flawless base. Use a concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes for that impeccable finish. Remember to set everything with a matte powder to keep everything in place.

Step 3: Soft Eyes
Choosing an eyeshadow that complements your eye color is key; it highlights your natural hues, allowing your eyes to captivate and shine with just a subtle sweep of product.

Step 4: Sculpt and Highlight
Contour your cheeks to define your cheekbones, and sweep a warm bronzer along your temples and jawline. Choose a highlighter with a golden or pink hue and apply it to the high points of your face for a radiant glow.

Step 5: Bold Lips
The pièce de résistance of this look is a bold lip. Whether you prefer a classic red, a deep plum, or a bright pink, choose a shade that makes a statement and complements your eyeshadow. Opt for a matte lipstick for long-lasting wear and a modern finish. For precise application, outline your lips with a matching lip liner or a darker tone for an ombre effect before filling them in with your lipstick.

Final Touches:
Set your makeup with a setting spray to ensure it lasts all night. Keep your hair sleek and simple to let your makeup shine, or go for soft curls for a romantic touch.

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Right on Theme

Why not fully embrace the spirit of love with a makeup look that's as thematic as it is enchanting? Think of a canvas painted with the romantic hues of pinks and reds, adorned with playful hearts (if you're feeling extra bold) to truly capture the essence of the day. Perfect for the hopeless romantic or anyone looking to sprinkle a little extra love into their look, here's how to achieve this adorably on-theme style.

Step 1: Radiant Base
Start with a luminous primer to give your skin that love-struck glow. Follow up with a light-to-medium coverage foundation that lets your natural beauty shine through. Spot conceal where necessary, and set with a light dusting of powder for a flawless yet natural base.

Step 2: Romantic Eyes
Dive into the pinks and reds of your eyeshadow palette. Begin with a soft pink as your base, blending it across the lid. Then, deepen the crease with a slightly darker shade of pink or a warm red, blending thoroughly for a seamless transition. Add a shimmering pink or red shadow to the center of your lids for an extra touch of romance. Now for the fun part: the decorative accents. Use red eyeliner to carefully draw small heart shapes at the outer corner of each eye, leaving them as outlined shapes for contrast. Add little gems on the outline of the hearts for a sparkle that catches the light, and finish your eye look with a few coats of volumizing mascara. 

Step 3: Flushed Cheeks
Emulate the natural flush of love's first blush with a pink or soft red cream blush. Smile and apply to the apples of your cheeks, blending outwards for a diffused, romantic glow.

Step 4: Highlighted High Points
Choose a highlighter with a pink or pearl undertone to illuminate your face. Apply to the cheekbones, brow bone, cupid's bow, and the tip of your nose for that ethereal, love-filled luminosity.

Step 5: Pout of Passion
For your lips, choose a pink or red that complements your eyeshadow. Opt for a satin or glossy finish to keep your lips kissably soft. For a fun twist, consider applying a small amount of glitter in the center of your lower lip, sealing it with a clear gloss.

Final Touches:
Set your masterpiece with a hydrating setting spray to keep everything in place and add an extra dose of radiance. Style your hair in soft waves or a whimsical updo to match the playful yet romantic vibe of your makeup.


Twinkle Twinkle

Turn the night into a canvas of stars with a makeup look that's as mesmerizing as the night sky. This sparkly makeup look is your ticket to (literally) shining on Valentine's Day, making it the perfect choice for an evening of romance or a glamorous night out.

Step 1: Starlit Base
Begin with a radiance-boosting primer to give your skin a starlit glow from the very start. Follow with a foundation that offers a dewy finish, letting your natural luminosity shine through. Use a concealer to brighten under the eyes and hide any imperfections, setting your base with a light-reflecting powder to keep everything in place while enhancing your glow.

Step 2: Galactic Eyes
The eyes are the centerpiece of this look. Start by applying a shimmering silver or champagne eyeshadow across your lids, laying down the base for your cosmic canvas. Then, select a darker shade, like a deep purple or soft grey, and blend it into the outer corners and crease to add depth. For the starry effect, pat a glitter eyeshadow or a loose glitter pigment on the center of your lids and inner corners of your eyes. Ensure the glitter is cosmetic-grade and safe for the eye area. Use a gel eyeliner to draw a sleek wing, and complete the eyes with several coats of mascara.

Step 3: Luminous Cheeks
Sweep a shimmery blush on the apples of your cheeks for a radiant, flushed look. Then, using a fan brush, apply a highlighter with a silver or pearl undertone to the high points of your face.

Step 4: Sparkling Lips
Choose a glossy lipstick in a nude or soft-pink shade for your lips to keep the focus on your sparkling eyes. If you're feeling extra adventurous, dab a little gloss mixed with a pinch of the same glitter used on your eyes onto the center of your lips for a subtle finish.

Final Touches:
Set your look with a setting spray to ensure your sparkle lasts all night. Consider adding a touch of fine glitter to your collarbones and shoulders for a fully immersive starlight effect.

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