Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hot Pink Petals Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

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Valentine's Day is coming so I wanted to make sure I got a couple Valentine's Day tutorials up as promised ahead of time! I shared a sneak peek of this tutorial a little while ago on instagram and I'm happy to say it's finally ready to share in its entirety with you today.

I used a bunch of Sugarpill shadows in here--some of my favorite brights! I highly, highly recommend Sugarpill. I've been a fan and customer for years and they never disappoint me. I think their loose and pressed shadows are equally fantastic and well-pigmented. Cannot wait for their upcoming Sparkle Baby collection!

Flower-Inspired Bright Valentine's Day Tutorial

This look is actually a recreation of a look I created back in the Spring of 2011 inspired by fresh, vibrant flowers that I loved. This incorporates bright flower petal pinks and leaf/stem greens. I changed it a bit here from the original look, but it's similar. Be warned, it is very bright and not necessarily something everyone will feel is wearable for them--I obviously have no inhibitions when it comes to color personally and can go neutral one day and neon the next. If this isn't something you feel comfortable with check back soon as I'll be posting another tute before Valentine's Day. If, however, you say "the brighter the better" or you want to branch out I strongly encourage you to give this a try!

What you need to recreate this look (linked in case you want to purchase unless not available online):


And now on to the tutorial...

valentine's day tutorial using mac indian ink
Step 1: On lids primed with Nars Smude Proof Eyeshadow base, map out your crease with MAC Indian Ink. It doesn't have to be perfect, just shade the outer portion of your crease which you will later deepen.

valentine's day makeup tutoria using mac cosmetics and sugarpill dollipop
Step 2 - Blend Sugarpill Dollipop into your crease and deepen the outer "v" with Sugarpill Poison Plum

valentine's day makeup tutorial using sugarpill tako
Step 3 - Blending Sugarpill Tako into your inner corner and into the inner edge of Sugarpill Dollipop in your crease

valentine's day makeup tutorial using sugarpill absinthe chromalust and mac water-based mixing medium
Step 4 - Foil Sugarpill Absinthe Chromalust loose shadow using MAC water-based Mixing Medium on the upper lid

valentine's day makeup tutorial using sugarpill dollipop, urban decay delinquent, mac chromagraphic pencil
Step 5 - Pull Sugarpill Dollipop under your lower lashline and blend it out. Tightline your upper lashline using MUFE 0L. Line lower waterline with MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC15/NW20 then layer Urban Decay Delinquent 24/7 shadow pencil over it.

valentine's Day makeup tutorial using lit cosmetics lime squeeze glitter and faux lash false lashes
Step 6 - Using Lit Cosmetics clear glitter base, apply Lit Cosmetics Lime Squeeze glitter starting from the inner corner of the eye and working out towards the center of the eye--applying heaviest in the inner corner and progressively lighter as you work your way out. Apply Faux lash Colette lashes using Duo lash glue. Fill in brows with inglot brow powder and sweep Inglot #351 under brow and blend into edges of Dollipop

And that's it! Here are some additional eye shots...

valentine's day makeup tutorial
Artificial daylight bulb

valentine's day makeup tutorial
Natural wintry light - love how the snow is making everything glow!

Flower Inspired Valentine's Day Full Face Look

I always, always believe that in order for an eye look to be a true success it need to look good both up close as well as from a standing distance (and even further) away! 

Quick instructions for face/lip application:

I applied Whip Hand Cosmetics Set the Stage primer to my face and spot corrected a few areas on my face with my Graftobian palette. I contoured my face using MAC Sculpt, applied Make Up For Ever Blush #8 to my cheeks and highlighted with Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. For my lips I lined and filled with Urban Decay 24/7 lip liner in Ozone then applied MAC Pink Friday and blended MAC Candy Yum-Yum out from the center to create a subtle gradient.

Here's the full face look I created to complement this eye look.

valentine's day makeup tutorial
Natural wintry light

valentine's day makeup tutorial
View from above - natural wintry light

So what do you think? Are you going bold and bright this Valentine's Day? Or will you hold out for a dark and sultry look? Check back soon for my next Valentine's Day tutorial!


  1. Oh wow! i love this and will have to recreate it! Fabulous job!

  2. These are my two favorite colors I just bought an older Mac Eyeshadow trio that had pink, green and white. You look amazing the make up is stunning but you are beautiful

    1. Thank you! Green and pink (and variations) are one of my favorite combos :)

  3. This is so pretty! I wish I could pull this off!

    1. You totally could! I honestly think anyone can if they work at feeling comfortable in bright colors!

  4. I couldn't pull this off. But you do it beautifully!

    1. Aw thanks! You totally could--now come on over and I'll do you up!

  5. WOW! Great work! I wish my eyes weren't so hooded so I could get away with more color like this on the lid.

    1. There are some really good techniques for working with hooded eyes! Brights here you come!

  6. I love this combination! I'm not sure if I'm quite brave enough to try it; I'll think about it, lol! <3

  7. I LOVE this! And your tutorials are so easy to follow...thank you!


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