Be Valentine Ready

Be Valentine Ready

One more reason to be vivacious this month is Valentine Day. Whether you plan to spend the day with your loved one or with the friends, you know a good make up will make you look gorgeous and garner attention. Here is a make-up guide both for men and women to look their best on the special day of Valentine’s.


Make-up for men has steadily caught on. Take the help Of foundation, Concealers, or tinted moisturizers to look good and cover up any blemishes. Men’s make up should be subtle. Nobody should know you have make- up on! Use cosmetics with a matte (non-shiny) finish. Avoid glossy and shiny make up.

Foundations or pressed powder help to achieve a smooth skin texture. Foundations and concealers also help to cover blemishes, like pimples or dark patches. Take very litüe lighter coloured concealer or foundation on a fine brush and apply it on the blemish or pimple mark. The foundation for the rest of the face should be the same shade as your normal skin tone. If you have a beard or moustache, apply foundation carefully.

Pressed or compact powder also helps oily skin. Leave out foundation and use the powder, as it helps reduce shine. It can be used on oily areas, like the forehead, nose and chin. Opt for a light matte powder in a beige tone and try and avoid pinkish shades.

Pluck stray hair from eyebrows with a tweezer for a better shape. To make the eyes look brighter, add a hint of eye Shadow that will do the trick. A dark grey or dark brown shadow can also be used to line the eyes, just below the lashes. The aim should be to achieve a natural look and blending helps. Use lip balm to make the lips look smoother, and add a hint of shine. A neutral colour or transparent lip balm would be best.


To add romance and shimmer to day make-up, apply a light colour shadow like mauve, or light brown over the entire upper eyelid. Then use dull gold or silver shadow on the upper lid closer to the lashes to highlight under the eyebrow line.

Choose a pink powder blush to add subtleness. The aim should be to give the complexion a healthy glow. Remember to contour the cheekbones with a highlighter to give it a glow.

If you want to line the eyes, use an eye pencil or eyeliner, close to the lashes. Go light on the use of liner, but ar»ly more mascara, while making sure the lashes do not stick together. Brush out the eyelashes with an eyelash comb.

For the night for a more dramatic effect. use dark brown or dark grey eye shadow on the eyelids, close to the lashes am stroke it upwards aM outwards. For the smoky-eyed look, line eyes with eyeliner close to the lashes am then smudge the eyeliner slightly with a sponge-tipped applicator.

For the lips, plain gloss can be enough for the day, or add a touch of gloss over light pink or mauve lipstick. Coloured glass is also a good alternative. Avoid using lip liners and just brush the lips with lipstick, going for shades of pink, from pale pink, to rose or tawny pink. At night, go for rose, coral or bronze, or just stick to pink.

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