Valentines Countdown: 2 Simple Beauty Looks for Valentine’s Day

Right, we’re getting close to Valentines Day. You’ve probably got plans by now, or hopefully you have, so what you’ll need to crack on with is glamming yourself up – if that’s your thing! Here’s a couple of ideas, see how they go for you!


Step 1: Apply a bronze cream eyeshadow to the lid and blend into the crease with a fluffy brush. A powder eyeshadow will work, but the cream gives the rest of your eyeshadow something to “stick” to.

Step 2: With a flat brush, subtly apply a shimmery champagne eye shadow to the inner corner and slightly below the brow bone. This will open up your eyes and serve as the perfect highlight.

Step 3: Line the upper and lower lash line with a brown eyeliner. For extra brownie points, use a gold-toned brown eyeliner.

Step 4: Apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes… now a little more… don’t you dare stop at just one coat.

Step 5: Apply bronzer to the top of your forehead, right below your cheekbones, and lightly underneath the jaw bone. This will warm up and define the complexion (a.k.a. It will make your face look thinner, which is welcomed by most, right?)

Step 6: Lightly brush on a bright rosy pink blush on the apples of the cheeks.  

Step 7: Line and fill in the lips with pink lip liner. If you want to skip this step, we won’t tell anyone.

Step 8: Finish with a wash of bright pink gloss!

The Hair

Step 1: Pull hair back in a low pony tail and secure with an elastic.

Step 2: Using your fingers, separate the hair above the elastic into two sections.

Step 3: Loop the pony tail through the hole and pull it down, creating a “topsy tail.” (You didn’t think you would ever wear this hair style ever again, but you thought wrong.)

Step 4: If your hair is fine, lightly tease the pony tail to give it texture and hold.

Step 5: Loop and tuck the pony tail into the space you’ve created with the topsy tail. Pin in place with bobby pins.

Step 6: Continue pinning and smoothing any loose pieces. Spray with hairspray. Then smooth and pin some more.

Step 7: Along the front hairline, pull a few pieces out for a romantic look. Lightly curl these pieces away from the face with a large barrel curling iron.

Step 8: You’re finished! Spray lightly with hairspray for a ‘do that will last all night.

Look No. 2: Romantic Vintage-Inspired

The Makeup

Step 1: Apply a wash of flesh-toned eyeshadow all over the lid and brow bone to create a clean base. If you have oily eyelids, you may want to use a primer first.

Step 2: With a fluffy brush, apply a soft brown eyeshadow into the crease for a natural look. You can even use your bronzer for this!

Step 3: Using liquid or gel black eye liner, draw a winged cat eye along the upper lash line. And when there’s a mistake (there will be), just put a little moisturizer on a q-tip for gentle touch-ups.

Step 4: Apply a few coats of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes. And then apply again and again.

Step 5: Comb eyebrows up and out with clear brow gel or clear mascara. If you’re in a pinch, you can even spray a fine-toothed comb with hairspray and use that to comb brows.

Step 6: Contour the area under the cheek bone with matte bronzer to add dimension. // Product used: NARS Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”

Step 7: Lightly apply rose colored blush on the apples of the cheek. Don’t go crazy with the color since we’ve got plenty of color coming up in the next step.

Step 8: Line and fill the lips with red lip liner. Time to channel your inner Jessica Rabbit. Or Snow White. You get the picture.

Step 9: Apply a sheer red lipstick or gloss to blend the liner and provide shine.


Step 1: Brush hair and create a deep side part.

Step 2: Curl two inch sections toward the face and hold for about 10 seconds. Say it with me, “The larger the curling iron barrel, the looser the waves. The smaller the curling iron barrel, the tighter the curls.”

Step 3: After releasing a section, re-coil the section with your fingers and secure with a bobby pin or duck-bill clip.

Step 4: After letting the sections cool, remove the clips and carefully brush through the curls with a paddle brush to create waves. For added definition and hold, warm up a little hair pomade in your hands and comb through the waves with your fingers.

Step 5: Pull and secure the hair to one side by vertically inserting a bobby pin at the nape of the neck. How else would your hair stay to one side all night?

Step 6: That’s it! Give the style a good spritz of hairspray to ensure longevity. You’ve so got this.

Did you know that here at The Sheffield College we offer Hair and Beauty courses, both full-time and part-time? So if you have a shaky hand or haven’t quite mastered any of the techniques, we can help. Take a look today!



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