Saturday, February 9, 2013

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

Valentine's Day Makeup Look

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and those of us who celebrate want to look special for that date night out.  Even if you have no place to be, this feminine, pretty eyeshadow look is very easy to master, and simple enough to wear day or night. 

Sometimes we buy makeup palettes, but we don't always know what to do with them. One of my favorite eyeshadow palettes from 2012 was the Stila In The Light palette. It's my favorite because it is a complete palette. It contains enough matte and shimmer shades for a good variety of looks as well as a good amount of light medium and dark colors. All of the shadows in the palette are pigmented and blend well. They can work on all skin tones to create a variety of looks. While this tutorial focuses on the eyes, I did use several other Stila products to create this look. I'll list them below in case you are interested. 

I love this Stila palette so much, that I decided to create a series of looks using the palette. This is look 1 in a series of three looks using the In The Light palette because I know so many of you have it. 

Here is how I created the eye look:  
  • Prime the lids using Stila Prime Pot in Taffy. If you have a medium or darker complexion, try Caramel instead. Any of your favorite eye primers will work just fine. I like to apply my primer with a brush to create a nice thin layer.
  • Define the crease with Stila One Step Prime Color in Bronze Babe (optional).  I applied mine with a concealer brush to just the crease area.
  • Next, from the Stila In The Light palette, choose the color Bare (a matte ivory). Pick up some of the color on a small brush and apply just under the brow as your highlight color.
  • For the lid color, I mixed Bliss (a pinky nude) with Kitten (a golden pink shimmer) and applied allover the lid.
  • To define the crease, I picked up the color Sandstone (matte brown) on an angled shader brush, with the point angled down into the crease, and swept the color into my crease using a windshield wiper motion. 

  • Take a clean blending brush, and blend out any harsh edges where the crease color meets the highlight shade. I used a Coastal Scents synthetic blending brush. 

  • To further define the eye, I mixed the last three colors in the palette, Luster, Night Sky and Ebony. Just pick up a little of each on a very small brush and apply to the outer corner of the eye, blending slightly up into the crease (be sure to tap off any excess before applying to prevent fallout). Pull the color inward to blend with the lid color. Apply more as needed, always starting at the outer corner and pulling the color inward. 

  • Next, go back to your highlight color, Bare (matte ivory), and highlight the inner corner of the eye and tear duct area for a brightening effect. 

  • Apply Bliss to the center of the bottom lash line. 
  • Take a mix of Luster, Night Sky and Ebony (the bottom 3 colors in the palette) and smudge along the outer corner of the lower lash line. 

  • Line waterline with a white or nude liner. I used Stila Kajal Eye Liner in Pearl.  However, if you have a darker skin tone, I recommend Tarte's Inner Rim Brightener which is a nude color and will look less stark against a darker complexion.
  • All of the shadows in this palette can be used wet or dry. I chose to use Ebony dry as a liner on my upper lash line using a small smudge brush. However, for more intensity, you can wet the brush first, or use your favorite eye liner. 

  • Curl lashes and apply your favorite mascara. If you want you can add falsies, but I chose to skip them. 

With the eye look complete, I decided to add a little blush to the cheeks. I've been loving this new Stila All You Need is Love Cheek Palette.  It comes with four blush shades, that when blended create the perfect glowy flush. 

On lips, I used Stila Long Wear Lip Liner in Charming, topped with Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot. I applied Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten to just the center of the lips for added fullness. 

Other products used in this look:

Stila All Day HD Illuminating Beauty Balm (as primer)
Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer
Stila One Step Bronze
Stila All Over Shimmer Liquid Luminizer

Illamasqua Eyeshadow Brush
Elf Small Smudge Brush Studio Line  (for eyeliner)
Coastal Scents BR-C-S06 Blending Brush
Eco Tools Smudge Brush (small brush used to apply outer corner color)
Real Techniques Concealer Brush used to apply highlight shade (Bare)
Everyday Minerals Angled Eyeshadow Brush to apply crease color
Bdellium Tools 945 Contour Brush to apply my blush
Real Techniques Buffing Brush to powder my T-Zone and sweep away fallout
Christopher Drummond Concealer Brush to apply eye primer
Sedona Lace 224 to blend concealer
Urban Decay Multi Task Brush to apply concealer
Urban Decay Optical Blurring  Brush to apply Stila One Step Bronze


Here is the completed look:

All of the products seen in this look were purchased by me (including brushes).  I would absolutely love to see pictures if you try recreating this look. I hope you have a very happy Valentine's Day!


  1. I love this palette! Thanks for using it to create such a pretty look. xoxoxo

    1. Me too, it's one of my favs for sure. It may just be my favorite eyeshadow palette. I would love to see pics if you try out the look!

  2. gorgeous!! such a versatile look. and i'm loving the lip color.

    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you do because I went back and forth a lot with what I was going to do with the lips. I have a red Stila liquid lipstick I thought about using, but decided to keep the focus on the eyes. This was actually my first time using the Apricot gloss, though I use Kitten as a topper all the time.

  3. Awesome! I love the look, so fresh and glowing - in time for a Valentine's Date! I love your blog! :)


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