Valentine’s Day, notably the one night of the year that couple tend to go overboard, candy and flowers sell out quickly and once in a while- like this year- the night will fall on a weekend. Each time it rolls around I vow to always pre-prep at least a week out and have plans in tack, ready to go. However it will always roll around to about 6 pm the day of and I am calling around finding a place for reservations for a date night dinner with the beau or calling around to all my girls for wild night out. This year I decided to be a bit different and come up with a few ideas to ensure that I will be ready for whatever this Valentine’s Day. To reach this decision, I had a little bit of help of some of my favorite ladies from The Beauty Council and Black|Up Cosmetics. Whether you are daytime dating, a wild single girls night out or romantic with your beau, hopefully I have you covered at least in the makeup inspiration area. So without further ado, I bring you a Beauty Council collaboration- Valentine’s Ready 3 Ways with Black|Up Cosmetics…
First up, if you’re planning to make a whole day of Valentine’s Day and need to be camera ready at all times from noon to midnight a simple easy look is the way to go- you know the usual- stay proof skin, bronzed cheeks, simple nude eye with a hint of a neutral lip. For a stay proof base that the heat can’t beat I started with Black|Up Cosmetics Perfect Matifying Primer which let me just say ROCKS! This is my second bottle of this amazingness and holy wow it puts a fight up against shine- I am obsessed. Followed with Black|Up Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action Complexion Correcting Foundation in CC02*, and a light dusting of Black|Up Cosmetics Two Way Cake Powder Foundation in TW01*. This combination of this CC cream and powder foundation and let me tell you- your skin is budge-proof- for an all day strong complexion perfection. Since it is daytime, I topped the cheeks with a dusting of Black|Up Cosmetics Sublime Powder PS03 to give the skin a bit of a bronzy glow and a slight bit of contour to the face and a light sweep of the ultra-pigmented Black|Up Cosmetics Blush 06* a gorgeous bright orange-melon shaded blush. For the eyes I keep them simple with the Black|Up Cosmetics 5 Color Eyeshadows in PAL01*, this 5 eyeshadow palette is rocking my world into daily rotation. Five shades of gorgeous- featuring 2 mattes and 3 shimmers, I sweep the shimmery nude shade over the lid and add a bit of depth with the matte espresso shade, top the lashes with a bit of mascara and my eye combo is complete. A slick of a light pink lacquer courtesy of Black|Up Cosmetics Lip Lacquer in shade 12* and you are daytime ready!
Does your night consist of: a night out with your girls, elbowing your way to the dance floor and dancing until the world ends way past my bedtime for sure? Let me just say, I salute you- seriously I do. Then you need something sweat-proof, drink-proof and maybe even overnight proof, and what better way then a bit of a easy smoky eye and a bold lip? Start the face with a solid base; again I bring out my trusty Black|Up Cosmetics Perfect Matifying Primer to help lock down the nights makeup. Followed with a flashback free full coverage foundation in the form of Black|Up Cosmetics Full Coverage Cream Foundation in shade HC04* and a bit of my new favorite Black|Up Cosmetics Radiance Concealer NCOS1* under the eyes all topped with a easy dusting of Black|Up Cosmetics Two-Way Cake Powder Foundation TW01* to add some extra sweat-proof coverage. Keep cheeks a bit bare with a slight dab of Black|Up Cosmetics Blush in 06* and topped with a hint of Black|Up Cosmetics Sublime Powder in shade NPS03* Eyes are slightly darkened with a blend of Black|Up 5 Color Eyeshadow Palette in PAL01* and darkened in the crease with Black|Up Cosmetics Metallic Eyeshadow in OAP13*, which let me just say is the perfect crease shade, eyeliner or pop of color. I lined the crease and a mix OAP13 with the espresso shade from the palette to line my eyes, topped with 2 coats of mascara and cat eyes are complete. For lips I turned it up a notch and grabbed the perfect bright shade of pink thanks to Black|Up Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in shade RGE37M*, I wanted to turn up the bright lip a bit and added Black|Up Cosmetics Lip Lacquer shade VL06* to help add a pinch of fuchsia to the mix. You are ready to sizzle and dance the night away, get it girl.
For the final bout of Valentine’s Day inspiration since we have covered a full day fiesta and wild night out with the ladies, and for the final look we have a low key date night out with your beau. Whatever your plans on what better way than to show your Valentine’s Night Ready than a simple eye and bold Valentine’s Day lip? The makeup is light and easy, the eyes are simple with a hint of glimmer and the lips scream- kiss me, kiss me. For the face I reached for Black|Up Cosmetics Matifying Fluid Foundation in shade NFL04*, you don’t want a nice candlelight dinner ruined by a disco ball glow. Polished off with a bit of a concealing mixture thanks to the amazing new Black|Up Cosmetics Concealer Palette COR01*, I blend to shades to help cover any extra areas that need to be concealed- you know the usual-around the nose to cover redness, any spots you wish to conceal. Followed with a super light contour and highlight action with the Black|Up Cosmetics Contouring Stick in shade CONT01*, this creamy travel worthy wand of heaven ROCKS!!! Literally it makes even contour nobs like myself look glam and go Kim Kardashian style. Sweep a easy bit of Black|Up Cosmetics Two Way Cake Powder Foundation* on top of it all for extra staying power, I also did a easy dusting of Black|Up Cosmetics Blush 06* for a peachy melon glow on top of the cheeks for a light flush of color. The eyes are kept simple with a blend of Black|Up Cosmetics 5 Color Eyeshadows PAL01* and a bit of Black|Up Cosmetics Metallic Eyeshadow in shade OAP05* for a bit of depth into the crease topped with two coats of mascara to the lashes. The lips are the focal point of the look to get a KISS ME look. A bright orangey red matte shade of heaven in part to Black|Up Cosmetics Matte Lipstick RGE34M* topped with a light sweep of Black|Up Cosmetics Lip Lacquer in shade VL05 for a glossy finish and voila you are ready to enjoy that romantic night out with your beau.
So there you have it, whatever your plans are I hope this small snippet of Valentine’s Day inspiration finds you basking in love on this heart of hearts holiday. Whether you are out with your gals, hanging with your beau or casual day dating with friends this beauty line-up of should help your beauty inspiration get ready- at least a few days early. I for one, and thinking of a beauty night in this Valentine’s Day… hmmmm…. We shall see….
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