Nail These Three Valentine's Day Makeup Looks With One Eyeshadow Palette
The pressure to nail your Valentine's Day makeup look can be immense, whether you're headed for a first or fiftieth date. You'll probably want to look a touch more special than you do everyday, but still enough like yourself that your date doesn't walk right by you. (#Awks)
The good news is that there is one clever makeup tool that delivers on understated but alluring eye looks time after time... Even better, you already own it. Re-introducing: the humble nude eyeshadow palette. Designed to offer a multitude of shades to flatter all skintones, these one-stop shops really are the last word in versatility. If you need inspo on how to take your usual swipe of brown eyeshadow up a notch, we got you.
Keep scrolling for 3 celebrity-inspired looks you can create with one palette.
Q: When does Suki Waterhouse ever get it wrong? (A: Never.) Here the model and actress demonstrates how chic ordinary beige eyeshadow can look when paired with classic winged liner. The matte texture of the shadow serves to subtly contour her eyes, which are further framed by those glorious brows. For a similar look, dip your brush in a bone-coloured shadow and sweep onto lids, then blend a slightly darker shade from your palette at the crease for depth. Add a slick of Burberry's Effortless Liquid Eyeliner ($48) in Jet Black to each eye, and voila, you're ready to go.
We have Zoe Kravitz to thank for reminding us how sultry a cat-eye can be when created not with liner, but eyeshadow. This slightly smoked out version delivers on that classic shape but the overall effect is softer and more low maintenance. (No stress over smudged liquid liner here.) Again, apply your base colour, but this time dampen your brush before adding the second shade to the crease to dial up the intensity. Use a small fluffy brush like this one from MAC ($48) to buff the edges until there are no harsh lines. Tidy up any fallout with a Q-tip, add mascara, and go.
All hail Olivia Palermo—girl really knows how to pull of a sparkly eye. To do the same, you'll need to dip into a few of the shimmery shadows in your palette. You're essentially aiming for a version of Kravitz's look above, except you'll want to blend the edge of your shadows until they appear to melt into the skin. Once you've done that, take a teensy eyeshadow brush and apply your glimmer of choice to the inner corners and under your lower lashlines. The finishing touch? Etch a longlasting black pencil like 3CE's Creamy Waterproof Eyeliner ($24) in Cats all the way around your eyes for flirtatious definition.
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