Beauty

Looks of Love: Valentine’s Day make-up

From red lips to heart-shaped nail art and glowing skin, get ready to fall for these looks
First Flush
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Mike Blackett
First Flush

Your most flattering blusher shade is the colour of your cheeks when love is in the air. For a more directional take on blusher placement, bring the product up cheekbones and sweep it over eyes, blending in as you go. Then add a touch of highlighter along cheekbones to give skin even more sheen and iridescence.

TRY: Smashbox Cali Kissed Highlight + Blush Palette*

Nails to fall in love with
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Mike Blackett
Nails to fall in love with

Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve – paint it on your nails instead. Yes, nail art can be tricky, but this is where falsies come into their own: you’ll have more control over how much polish is going on, as well as maximum dexterity to create intricate designs. If you don’t own nail-art brushes or tools, a cocktail stick is a good alternative.

TRY: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Pink Blink; EXCLUSIVE No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour in Pillarbox; Essie Matte About You Top Coat; Nailene Nail Art Kit (5-pack)

Kiss-me-quick lips
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Mike Blackett
Kiss-me-quick lips

For those of us blessed with a full pout, a matte-liquid lipstick in a deep shade is a great option. Smaller lips? A slick of high-shine gloss over classic red will help them appear fuller – though we can’t guarantee they’ll be kiss-proof!

TRY: L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Enjoy; or Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored*, with Sleek Makeup Lip Valve Gloss Transforming Lip Topper in Clear

Sultry eyes
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Mike Blackett
Sultry eyes

A smoky eye speaks volumes. This classic look is all about browns, blacks or greys, but deep-purple hues suit
all. For the illusion of bigger peepers, bring the shadow outwards, in a feline shape; or, if you have large sockets, take it all the way up to the brow. Finish with lashings of liner and mascara.

TRY: Lime Crime Eyeshadow Palette in Venus III*; NEW Rimmel London Scandaleyes Volume On Demand Mascara; Morphe Eyeliner Pencil in Lights Out*

*Available on boots.com and in selected stores.
Beauty direction and words: Sarah-Jane Corfield-Smith.