How to: Apply romantic make-up

Monday, 11 February 2013

Apply romantic make-upYou want to look approachable and romantic for your Valentine’s date. SheKnows spoke to celebrity make-up artist and beauty expert Jemma Kidd and asked for her make-up tips on creating the ultimate romantic look for Valentine’s Day.

Romantic palettes by skin type

First things first! To create a romantic look, you need the right shades. Kidd provides some insight into what hues to look for based on your skin type.

If you have porcelain skin, look for a lipstick shade that is brownish pink or soft apricot; cheeks should be in a pale peach, apricot or very soft natural-blush pink; and for eyes, stick to cool neutrals or soft pastels. Shades of grey can also work for an evening make-up look.

If you have fair skin, look for lipstick colours in warm neutrals like nudes and pinks; a pink shade for the cheeks (anything from brownish pink to fuchsia); and for eye make-up, you can wear almost any shade in the warm and cool tone range. Just avoid anything yellow or orange and keep the shades muted.

Medium to olive
Light olive skin should look for coral and peachy pinks or berry, plum and browns for lipsticks; coral pink and soft orange tones for blush; and neutrals within the earthy brown and mossy green shades for eye make-up.

Dark olive skin tones look great with a dark, warm colour to warm the lips; apricot and peachy pinks on the cheeks; and warm gold, peach, olive or plum tones on the eyes.

Darker tones
Deep skin looks great with almost any deep shade (think berry, rose, coral, coffee) on the lip; plums and apricots on the cheeks; and bronze, burnt orange, olive, sapphire and plum colours are flattering for eye make-up.

Getting started

The first thing Kidd stresses is that even though you want to look great, it’s important not to go overboard. “The number one thing to avoid is thinking that you need to look like a completely different person. Your husband, boyfriend or partner wants to see the ‘you’ they love, so make sure you look like yourself, but your most gorgeous self,” she says. “Generally, men aren’t fans of too much make-up, so don’t freak them out by using too much colour. Save extreme make-up looks for another occasion and aim for natural, feminine beauty.”

Use cream formulas rather than powders, but nothing too heavy. “If you pile on the foundation, you can end up accentuating rather than masking even the smallest imperfections,” the make-up artist explains.

Getting the look

Taking good care of your skin is the first step towards successfully creating any desired make-up look. “The key to romantic make-up is flawless, dewy skin, so be sure to keep the skin hydrated,” says Kidd. She provides some simple steps for getting gorgeous for Valentine’s Day.

1. Hydrate and correct
First, prepare the skin by moisturising. Follow with a citrus-based colour corrector to counteract under-eye blue/purple undertones and neutralise any unwanted red tones, such as spots and blemishes. Use in conjunction with the apricot shade to further brighten and even the skin tone

2. Apply foundation

Next, apply a light-reflecting sheer liquid foundation and use a concealer only where you need it most. If you have a particularly oily t-zone, dust with translucent powder to set

3. Add cheek colour

Apply a blend of sandy beige and pink powder blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend along the cheekbone. To add some extra warmth to skin, finish with a light dusting of bronzer along the edges of your face and gently across the bridge of the nose, where the sunlight would naturally fall.

4. Add eye make-up

Brush on neutral beige eye shadow and blend shimmery mocha eye shadow on top, working it from the lash line to the socket crease. For a more sultry look, blend plum eye shadow into the hollow of the socket focusing on the outer corners. Using a fine eyeliner brush, apply a thin line of shimmery mocha shadow just under the roots of the lower lashes and blend to touch in the inner corners to open up your eyes

5. Enhance eyes
For added definition, draw along the upper lash line with a black eyeliner pencil and thicken the line gradually from the middle of the eyelid towards the outer corner of the eye, extending it slightly beyond the eye and curving it upwards to create a subtle flick. Draw along the inner rim of the lower lid to elongate the eye. Curl lashes and apply mascara

6. Paint your pout
Apply silky lip gloss in shell pink for a touch of colour and a glossy finish.

Written by Jessica Padykula, this article originally appeared in SheKnows

Image: Andresr/

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  1. Ladyconfused

    Great tips, with a fair skin I try not use nude lip colours it makes me feel like I have no lips

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Raadhiya
    Woolworths has just released a new range of funky beauty products and we absolutely love their coral blush (which doubles up as a lip tint too). You can also have a look at brands like L’Oreal Paris and Maybelline as they often have bright blusher colours.

    6 years ago •

  1. Raadhiya gama

    I do this every day for university but I’m looking for a good coral kind of blush …. Any help

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Will definitely try this look. I love coral lipsticks and I am glad that it’s actually recommended for y skin tone!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Can’t wait for the next valentines day! Going to try this one out on my very next date! *wink wink* Good article!

    6 years ago •

  1. JADE

    Great article gota try these tips strait away thumbs up

    6 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Love this Article Ive got light olive skin, and was never sure what eyeshadow to use..going to try some brown and also green eyeshadow…

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I always struggle with balancing colour on the eyes and lips – will still try this :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Lovely tips… lol at romantic make up….!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    definitely enjoyed canvasing my face.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Less is more! Rather be noticed for looking “naturally” flawless than cake on your makeup.

    6 years ago •

  1. Diana

    Thanks for this great tips.
    It’s wonderfull

    6 years ago •

  1. Alison

    Great tips! I now know what the perfect colours for my skin tone are.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    Love the overall steps – def will use it :)

    6 years ago •

  1. JUST-Relax

    I love this article… I love it when articles are as detailed as this one. Not everyone knows what colours best suit their skin tone.

    6 years ago •

  1. Gisela

    Very informative article, just wish there were some pictures to give examples :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Anni*

    Wish I could just do make-up all day!

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Thanks for the great article! Great tips, thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. Hajira

    interesting and great tips to try out. thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Great info! Will definitely put it to use

    6 years ago •

  1. Nonhlanhla

    Thanks for the tips. Will definately try it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Amoré Sameera Jooste

    Love it, thank you. Im not good with the eyes when it comes to make up…..

    7 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    Really nice, I agree, my man also says that he likes no make-up make-up.. although he likes a classy liner and stuff. Great article, also for after Valentines!

    7 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    This really makes it look easy

    7 years ago •

  1. RJ

    Awesome article. Now I just need to find the right foundation for my skin type.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I’m all about inner beauty, accepting yourself for who you are and how you look. Love what you see in the mirror no matter what! The one thing we can all have that’s gorgeous, perfect and flawless is skin, so go on and take care of yours… Thanks for great tips!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Leana

    Is there a tutorial video for dummies like me?

    7 years ago •

  1. Simone

    This is a fantastic article, thank you so much!

    7 years ago •

  1. Vermeulen

    Wow great tips, thank you . love romantic make-up looks

    7 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    I enjoyed reading this article! It’s well written & so useful.

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for the article! Love simple romantic looks!

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the article, will come in handy.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lynette de Sousa

    Thanks for this, it’s very helpful since I don’t always know what colours to use.

    7 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Great article, wow this makes it easy to apply.

    7 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Great article like the step by step aspect of it

    7 years ago •

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