We love any chance to celebrate love. Whether that's time spent with your S.O., close girlfriends, or even just some time to yourself, there's always room for a little heart. To mark the occasion we asked our Global Pro Makeup Artist Victor Henao to capture the essence of this heart-filled holiday the best way we know how—with makeup, of course!
When put to the task, Henao envisioned a candlelit dinner but was also inspired to "highlight every element of the face and give attention to every feature," because, as he phrased it, "Valentine’s Day is a day to take care of yourself, first and foremost." So before you head out on February 14th, read on for a personal tutorial from the makeup maestro himself.
To start, he recommends applying all of your usual makeup (foundation, concealer, brows, etc.) before working on the eyes. After that’s done, define the eyes with Double Wear Eye Pencil in Coffee all along the top and bottom lashlines. "You can go a little thicker on the top as you will be diffusing it and blurring it out a bit to get the lid ready to apply eyeshadow," he notes. Next, smooth on the lower right shade from the Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette in Currant Desire all over the eyelid, along with the bronze-y shade (just to the left) all over the crease and bottom lashline.
Valentine’s Day is a day to take care of yourself, first and foremost.
Speaking of a kiss, here are Henao’s tips for making your lipstick last a little longer: "First, make sure your lips are hydrated with a lip balm. You can also pair this lipstick with the Double Wear Lip Pencil in Rose. Finally, if you’d like to really bulletproof your lips, I would do a coat of lipstick, then matte it down with a translucent powder, then another coat of lipstick. This way even if you kiss off your first layer of lipstick you still have a second one underneath!"
And just in case time is of the essence and a complete makeup look is completely out of the question, Henao recommends going for lipstick. "It’s the one thing that you can always count on if you are running short on time!"