Beauty buzz with Sophie Chamings: perfect make-up for Valentine's Day
Are you thinking about what to wear for your Valentine's date this year?
Here are my top tips for getting your make-up right, ensuring you look flawless, modern but also natural. Looking caked is a definite no-no but a little bit of colour is great. Opt for a fresh, flawless complexion, defined eyes and pinky or peachy lips, depending on your colouring.
Here are my top tips for getting it right:
Start with your eyes
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Apply a light reflective under-eye concealer all over your eyelids, blending upwards into your sockets and along your brow bones. This will cover up veins and natural discolouration, immediately brightening your eyes. My favourite under-eye concealer is Christian Dior Skin Flash (£26).
Apply a sheer wash of shimmer powder on to your eyelids, blending gently into the socket but no further. My favourite is Bare Escentuals Glimmer in Queen Phylis (£14).
Apply eyeliner three quarters of the way along your upper eye lids, as close to the base of your eyelashes as possible. Then, apply a subtle line one third of the way along your lower lash lines, starting at the outer corners and thinning the line as you work inwards towards your nose. My favourite eyeliner which looks great and is easy to apply is Estee Lauder Double Wear Gel Eyeliner (£17). Opt for 'Stay Coffee' if you are fair and 'Stay Onyx' if you are dark.
Apply two coats of black or brown mascara to your upper and lower eyelashes but do not forget to curl your upper lashes first to really open up your eyes. My favourite mascaras are Chanel Inimitable at £23, Maybelline Colossal at £7.19 and Nars Larger than Life Volumising Macara at £18.50.
Then move on to your skin
Start your complexion by applying a primer all over your face to smooth out skin tone and texture and ensure your make-up looks flawless and stays in place all evening. I highly recommend the Laura Mercier Primer (£28).
Next, apply a foundation (for a heavier coverage) or a tinted moisturiser (for a more natural look) all over your face, concentrating application on the T-zone where most open pores, redness and broken veins occur. My favourite products are Dermalogica Sheer Tint Moisturiser (£26.99) and Lancome Teinte Idole Silky Matte Liquid Foundation (£25). Next, apply a cream blusher to the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards along your cheek bones for a fresh and natural look. I recommend Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks (£18). Choose Pink Rose if you suit cool shades or Calypso Coral or Fresh Melon if you suit warm tones.
Well-shaped defined eyebrows will add structure and definition to your face, lifting your eyes and making you look years younger. Choose an eyeliner or matte eyeshadow/powder in a colour that matches or is slightly darker than your hair colour. Using an eyeliner application brush, follow the natural curve of your existing brows building the colour up gradually until you are happy with the depth.
Apply your Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge liberally all over your lips, finishing with a clear lip gloss if you want a shine.
Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder all over your face including under your eyes and your eyelids. This will remove any unwanted shine and ensure your make-up lasts.