Valentine’s Day Makeup and Lip Combinations.

Valentine's Day Makeup.

Valentine’s Day Makeup.

For this Valentine’s Day Makeup Look, I decided to create a sultry, yet elegant look.  Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink Gel Liner (reviewed here) was used as the main “eyeshadow” color.  When paired with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here), this eye look will undoubtedly last the entirety of the evening, no matter what surprises await 🙂  I hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 1:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Start by prepping the eye area with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  Fill in the brows with your favorite brow product.  I used Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (seen here).

Step 2: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 2:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Take an angled brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here)…the best for this job) with Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Twilight Shimmer Ink and line the upper lash line.  Smudge the liner upwardly, extending the line outwardly, to create an outer flick (you will use this as a guide when applying your black liquid liner).

Step 3: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 3:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Continue to add as much color until you have reached your desired intensity.  Apply the color in a wedge-like shape; thinner toward the inner corner and gradually thickening the color towards the outer corner.

Step 4: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 4:
Valentine’s Day Makeup Look.

Blend out any harsh lines with Clarins Alburn Mineral Eyeshadow and place the same color in the crease. Next, Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow is used to blend out the edges of the crease color and “highlight” the brow bone.  To give the look a more gradient effect, Clarins Dark Chocolate, is applied to the outer “v”. Use a Q-Tip, dipped in lotion or makeup remover, and run it along the ends of the eye, to clean-up and shape the edge of the outer flick.

Step 5: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 5:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Prior to mascara application, line the upper waterline (tight line) with your favorite liner.  I swear by Inglot #90, this dark brown liner does not budge throughout the day (for me, black is too harsh).

Step 6: Valentine Day Makeup Look.

Step 6:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Add your favorite black liner and favorite mascara (curl your lashes if you prefer); I used Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (does flake but gives amazing length). Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer is used to line the lower lash line. Line the lower waterline with MAC Rich Ground Gel Liner.

Valentine’s Day Lip Combinations:

Valentine Day Makeup: Lip Combination 1:  Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 1: Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

This lip combination is for those who prefer a nude lip.  I have made mention of MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencils’ fabulousness from the beginning 🙂  These pencils magically transform many lipstick into long wearing colors.  When paired with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here), the combination is unbeatable.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

This lip color is for those who seek a no-fuss lipstick.  Nars Satin Lip Pencils are perfect to throw into a small handbag for on the go touch-ups.  These lipsticks-in-pencil-form are so convenient to use; however, do make certain to sharpen your lip color before you leave.  A dull point completely defeats the purpose of these pencils.  I prefer Slice Cosmetics Sharpener (reviewed here).

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

This lip combination will attract some serious attention.  Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen  is a bright cool tone red that dries downs to a long lasting matte velvet finish.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here) provides shine, moisture, depth and dimension.  As with all glosses, a light hand is highly recommended to avoid feathering into fine lines.  

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip 2: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

This pretty and simple lip color would suit those who prefer a matte finish.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick is a beautiful cool tone red, with a creamy texture and amazing lasting power. However, lips do become quite dry, a lip balm would be highly recommended.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 5: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Now this my friends, is a stop-you-in-your-tracks-va-va-va-voom lip combo.  The purple undertone of Twilight Shimmer Ink pairs perfectly with the strong wine tone of Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.  This look, felt very reminiscent of the 20’s; all that was needed was a flapper dress, a long pearl necklace, and some opera gloves.  I draw the line at the bobbed hair and cloche hat 🙂  What a difference a lip color can make.

Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer.  Use the tiniest dot for both eyes…very concentrated.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (purchase here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Brushes Used:

  1. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  3. Trish McEvoy Tapered Blending Brush #29 (purchase here).
  4. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
  5. Burberry #9 Brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this sultry look can easily be adapted to suit your mood and comfort level.  Keep in mind, to substitute your products/colors as you see fit.  Which look do you prefer?  Better yet, which one will you wear?  I wish you all a happy and memorable Valentine’s Day.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Earrings worn in this post are Anna Beck “Bali” Multi Drop (purchase here).

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Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow review and swatches.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow lip swatch.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow lip swatch.

By now, most of my readers have come to realize I have a weakness for red lipstick.  There is something about the way red lips look and make me feel.  Red lips exuded sensuality, confidence, and by-golly, the right red can brighten-up the sallowest of complexions.  So when Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquers ($25 US/ 6g) caught my eye, I knew the color Ruby Glow was the one for me.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow.

The Pros/Color/Formula:

These lip lacquers/glosses are Estee Lauder’s version of a liquid lipstick.  The promise of high shine, six hour comfortable wear, and intense pigment has all been blissfully fulfilled.  The color of Ruby Glow is a straight up blood red.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow is what I wanted Ellis Faas L202 and Giorgio Armani Flash Lacquers (reviewed here) to be and were not.  Brown based reds compliment my features and skintone perfectly and the added shine of Ruby Glow, makes my lips appear hydrated, full and down right sexy.

These glosses wear off amazingly well, after the three hour mark the “feel” of lipgloss starts to fade, however the shine and color are still very much apparent.  I was able to get five hours of wear (full color) with Ruby Glow, with gradual fading thereafter .  Ruby Glow is also flavor free. ♥  Ruby Glow has a slight play-doe smell, not offensive in the least.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow w/Mac Red Enriched lip liner.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow w/Mac Red Enriched lip liner.

Being that these glosses/lacquers are highly pigmented, they are also slightly sticky, but not offensively so. The viscous texture is what gives these lacquers their shine and longevity.  The applicator was specially designed to fit the curves of the lips more comfortably.  Be that as it may, I chose to err on the side of caution and apply a small amount of lacquer on my finger and then tap the color onto my lips, until I reach my desired intensity.  Removal was easily achieved sans staining, annoy glitter particles or sticky residue.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow swatch after 4 hours.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip lacquer in Ruby Glow swatch after 4 hours.  Color and shine remained with slight feathering on the bottom lip.

The Cons:

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lacquers are glosses, which by nature are prone to migrate outwardly and bleed/feather into fine lines around the lip area.  A lipliner and/or a lip primer is a MUST with these lacquers if you want to keep feathering at bay.  I turned to my trusty MAC Red Enriched Lipliner and my MAC Prep + Prime Lip for this important task.  A very light hand during application would be highly recommended.  As makeup artist Rae Morris says, “Too much on the mouth goes south.”

Ruby Glow did not layer well over my Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here).  I suspect the ingredient Petrolatum (aka: mineral oil) caused the stain to break down and feather into my fine lines.  Quite frankly, my stain was not even visible under Ruby Glow’s highly pigmented color.

Red Lipstick Comparisons:

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  • Dior Diorific Diorling: heavy perfume scent, beautiful satin finish, non-drying.
  • Estee Lauder Ruby Glow: glossy, long lasting shine and color.
  • Laura Mercier Sienna: reviewed here.
  • Daliia Herbal Lip Stain My Best Friend’s Red:  reviewed here.
  • Ellis Faas L201:  closest in color to Ruby Glow, not long-lasting, thin constancy, pesky applicator.
  • Dior Rouge Podium: reviewed here.

Estee Lauder cosmetics can be found in almost every department store, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Belk, and Esteelauder.com, etc..

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow ingredient list.

Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Ruby Glow ingredient list.

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you if you seek a high shine, long-wearing, moisturizing, and truly beautiful lip gloss, look no further than Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lacquers.  I have never been able to sustain a shine from a gloss like I have with these lacquers.  Of course, if the vinyl look is not your thing, Estee Lauder does make accompanying lipstick shades (here) to go with each lacquer.  The Estee Lauder Lip Lacquer range come in 12 shades to suit every taste, from the most conservative corporate mogul to the daring clubbing diva.  Which will you be getting?  Say it will be the red 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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