Valentine’s Day Pictorials!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I personally don’t care about this holiday BUT I do like creating looks inspired by it. I thought I would share three different looks but honestly, any look would work for Valentine’s Day. If none of these looks appeal to you, there are a few that I did for my Thanksgiving and Christmas pictorials that would work well. I also just reviewed the Colourpop Strawberry Shake Palette and those looks are all VERY pink so some of you may be interested in them. I’m going to follow the same layout that I created for my previous pictorials. I’ll explain what brushes I use, show you the primer I use and then show you step by step how I created each look. Let’s talk about brushes first!

Brushes:

  • Detail Crease Brush: This is my number one, must have brush. I have hooded eyes and this allows me to get deep into my crease for precise color placement.
  • Tapered Blending Brush: This brush is slightly bigger than the Detail Crease Brush and I typically use it to place shadow right above my crease. I will also use it to place shadow in my crease if I don’t need to be very precise in my color placement. It’s great to blend with, as well.
  • Flat Eyeshadow Brush: This brush is pretty self explanatory but it’s my favorite for eyeshadow. I also love this one from ShopMissA.
  • Small Angled Brush: This is my favorite brush for applying eyeshadow to my lower lash line. I also love this one from ShopMissA.
  • Smudge Brush: I use this brush when I want to apply shadow to my lower lash line in a thicker line than what I can get with the Small Angled Brush.
  • Eye Crease Brush: I do not use this brush in my crease but instead I use it to apply my inner corner highlight.
  • Blending Brush: I use this brush to apply my cream or white base shadow on top of my primer. I also use it to blend out the edges of my shadows.
  • Eye Contour Brush: I use this brush to smudge out the edges of any shadow on my lower lash line when I don’t want a precise line.
  • Angled Brow Brush: This is technically a brow brush but I love using it for upper and lower lash line liner.

Primer:

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The first step of any eyeshadow look I do is primer. I’ve been using the essence Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base for the past year. It’s super affordable at just $3.49. I love that it has a doe foot applicator for easy application and it’s a pink shade that helps to make shadows pop. I do always set my primer with a cream or white shade of eyeshadow. Some people do not set their primer but it’s much easier to blend shadows on top of it if you set it. I will not be mentioning primer down below but just know that it was used in each look.

Pictorials:

The pictures below are in collage form and go in order from top to bottom and left to right. If I’ve reviewed the palettes or single eyeshadows used, I will link to my review and if not, I’ll link to where you can purchase them. However, you do NOT need these specific palettes or eyeshadows. Just use what you have and create your own versions of these looks. I will describe the color of the shade and put the palette or single eyeshadow name, if it has one. If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.

Palettes Used:

Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette

Lorac Pro 4 Palette

  • Pictorial 1:

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If you read my Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette review, than you’ve already seen this look and the next one. That palette has the perfect Valentine’s Day color story so I couldn’t resist including those looks. If you would like to recreate this look but have more depth, use a deeper burgundy in the innermost part of the crease and a black or deeper burgundy on the lower lash line.

  1. I applied Clove (matte peachy coral) in a semi arch from the innermost part of my eye (near my inner corner) to around the middle of my brow bone.
  2. I then applied Rose (satin hot pink) underneath Clove but brought it a little further out, closer to the edge of my eye and straight down from the end of my brow. I did not blend these two shades together because I wanted the colors to stay separated. I did blend out the edges of Rose that were not touching Clove, near the edge of my eye.
  3. I blended Poppy (matte burgundy) into my crease and up into Rose.
  4. I applied Primerose (metallic copper) all over my lid.
  5. I applied Jasmine (metallic champagne) in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Patchouli (matte light peach). I then smudged Rose, Poppy and Clove (in that order) underneath Patchouli. I blended out the shades so that they would join with the shadows up above in my crease.
  • Pictorial 2:

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This look is so simple but I love it. The pop of color in the inner corner helps to make it more eye catching. This look was created with the Ace Beaute Grandiose Palette.

  1. I blended Patchouli (matte light peach) above my natural crease. This shade doesn’t show up that well on my skin tone but it’s great for creating a color gradient and blending out deeper shades.
  2. I blended Cinnamon (matte medium brown) into my crease.
  3. I applied Myrtle (metallic bronze) on the inner and outermost parts of my lid.
  4. I applied Jasmine (metallic champagne) in the center of my lid and on my brow bone.
  5. I applied Rose (satin hot pink) in my inner corner. I lightly tapped a bit of Jasmine onto Rose.
  6. I lined my lower lash line with Patchouli and smudged Cinnamon underneath it.
  • Pictorial 3:

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Mauve is my “neutral” shade. I love using it and it really makes green eyes pop. I used the Lorac Pro 4 and as usual with Lorac shadows, the metallic shades were not the best. They ALWAYS cake up in my inner corner and break apart. Despite that, I think you can see what I was going for. I smudged eyeshadow on my upper lash line for the first time and I’m not sure if I like it. You’ll have to let me know what you think about it!

  1. I blended Rosebud (matte mauve) into my crease. I blended it out more on the edges and near my inner corner so that the innermost part of my crease would have more depth.
  2. I mixed two metallic shades together all over my lid; Begonia (metallic pink) and Iced Rose (metallic rose pearl).
  3. I applied Soft Pearl (metallic pink pearl) lightly on the center of my lid, on my brow bone and in my inner corner.
  4. I lined my upper and lower lash lines with Midnight (matte black with silver glitter). I lightly smudged this shade out.
  5. Underneath Midnight, I smudged Java (metallic medium brown).

 Final Thoughts:

I hope these looks, or one of the others I suggested, gave you some Valentine’s Day inspiration! I’d love to know what you think about the looks I created and what you have planned for the day. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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