Conversation hearts, paper Valentines, romantic-comedy marathons, pink-and-white sugar cookies…the day has arrived. Let’s see how I interpreted yesterday’s Toasty, Smoky, Sweet Valentine’s-Day look on my face!
This year, I wanted to try something a bit different and make violet the focus of my Valentine’s-Day makeup thinking. We looked at a soft violet lip shade in the Touchable, Kissable Valentine’s-Day look. Today I thought I’d show you a more vibrant violet lip that, to my eye, still retains an inviting softness. I paired the lip with a soft , warm, brown smoky eye that was laced with a hint of coolness: touched with a bit of plum shimmer (difficult to see in these photographs) and also a hint of almost blackened green. I suggested bridging lips and cheeks with a soft rose blusher.
Here’s a quick reminder of the product set that I brought together for this look:
And here’s how it turned out on my face!
And a shot looking down, so you can get a look at the lids:
Here’s a product list with a few notes on application:
Base. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation; Chanel Vitalumiere Compact Douceur foundation powder, dusted lightly in the center of the cheeks, the center of the forehead, and the center the chin. I may have missed my nose. No highlighter with this look–just relied on reducing shine in a few places for contrast. A bit of Bourjois chocolate bronzer around the perimeter of the face, and a few strokes of Suqqu brow powder here or there.
Eyes. Chanel eyeshadow duo in Sable-Emouvant; peachy shade as a base, brown shade in the outer corners and blended into the crease. I also decided to intensify the eye a bit with MAC eyeliner pencil in Prunella, a deep plum shade. I smudged a reasonably thick line of eyeliner into my top lash line with brown shadow; then I applied a broken line of eyeliner dots-and-dashes along my lower lash line and blended in with shadow. Chanel Le Volume mascara in black. I can see in photos that I need to stop being so lazy about making sure my lashes are coated in the outer corners!
Cheeks. Chanel Tweed blusher in Rose. It looks as if I got carried away with blusher, but my hyper-sensitive skin is prone to flushing along my lower cheek in response to various mysterious irritants, so I think we might be seeing that here. I would not consciously advocate for dusting blusher all the way down to the chin! Not on purpose, anyway. 🙂
Lips. Chanel RAV in La Romanesque, first layer applied with a brush, second from the bullet. No lip liner.
My goal with this look was to sort of dial up the makeup–to make a fairly strong statement–while keeping the look very approachable. I hoped that this combination of shades would create a nice balance between a stronger eye (if not exactly a big statement eye) and a vibrant lip, so that I could emphasize both features without the makeup overpowering my face. I hope you enjoyed seeing the look come together and take shape on my features! I’m working on new posts based on new inspirations that I’m looking forward to sharing with you in the week ahead. In the meantime, I wish you all the very best–and, of course, I wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!