St. Valentine’s Violets | Touchable, Kissable Valentine’s-Day Look

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, how tempted was I to put together some soft, romantic pink makeup? Oh….so tempted. I love those kinds of looks. That said, so many talented youtubers and bloggers are putting together gorgeous, romantic pink looks that I thought I might try something a little different: soft, easy, approachable Valentine’s Day looks featuring the color violet.

Why violet for Valentine’s Day? I think that violet–a not-quite pink, not-quite purple shade–can seem on the surface like it’s a little difficult to wear. But I think a lot of people naturally have violet tones in their skin and their lips. Adding a touch of violet can be really enhancing and pretty, but very approachable–eminently kissable. It feels like a color that carries a touch of romance…in a quiet way.

The look I have to show you is based on my favorite violet lipstick–a new addition to my stash, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Câline. I imagine a subtly contoured eye in nude-pink and soft taupe shades, rimmed with smudgy plummy-gray pencil; naturally rosy cheeks; and a soft, luminous-matte violet-stained lip.

Clockwise from top left: Chanel powder eyeshadow single in Safari; Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder eyeshadow in Nude Pink; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry; Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Caline.

Clockwise from top left: Chanel powder eyeshadow single in Safari; Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder eyeshadow in Nude Pink; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry; Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Câline.

Here’s a closeup of the eye products, since they’re a bit far away in the group shot:

Chanel eyeshadow single in Safari; Clarins Ombre Matte shadow in Nude Pink; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry; Fusion Beauty cream blush in haute; Chanel RAV in La Caline.

Chanel eyeshadow single in Safari; Clarins Ombre Matte shadow in Nude Pink; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry; Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel RAV in La Câline.

I sort of had in mind a soft, enhancing eye look and naturally rosy cheeks to provide a pretty framework for the violet lip. I would use the pale pinky-nude shadow to even out the color of my lids and to highlight the inner corners and the brow bone–this Clarins shadow pot is very well pigmented and long-lasting. Chanel Safari is a satiny taupe shade with a pretty sheen, similar to Burberry Rosewood. This Elizabeth Arden pencil is a plum-gray shade, dark enough to be enhancing, but not overpowering. The blush pictured here is an untouched backup. I don’t keep backups of very many things, so I think that’s a testament to how much I love this my-cheeks-but-better, highly blendable shade. (A pot with a deep groove worn into it lives in my day-to-day makeup bag.) And, of course, the lipstick–a violet shade that looks mildly forbidding (a tad gray, even?) from the bullet, but warms up dramatically on the lips–a really beautiful, enhancing, luminous lip color.

Just so you can get a feel for these shades, some sad swatches. (Nude Pink was too close to the ghostly-white winter pallor of my inner arm to show up in swatches…but I think you all get the idea on that one! It really is a lovely, suede-y powder with just enough luminosity to keep it from looking flat.)

From the top, Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel RAV in La Caline; Chanel eyeshadow single in Safari; Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry.

From the top, Fusion Beauty cream blush in Haute; Chanel RAV in La Câline; Chanel eyeshadow single in Safari (looking pretty diffuse, there–I’m a terrible swatcher–but no worries, it can be built up substantially); Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Mulberry.

All in all, I was looking for shades that would harmonize and really meld with the skin, to create a very approachable, touchable look that would look lovely in candlelight and invite an end-of-evening kiss.

I have one more St. Valentine’s-violet look to share, the next one a bit stronger and more colorful. In the meantime, I wish you a lovely week and happy Valentine’s Day preparations, whether you plan to enjoy a romantic evening out, or a cozy evening at home with Netflix and your PJs.

xo bunikins@mua

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