I’m not embarrassed to admit I’m a card-carrying member of the Valentine’s Day bandwagon. Because, chocolate. But also because the world needs more love these days, and I’ll take any excuse I can get to celebrate and spread it. #NotSorry. This year I was feeling particularly festive and was super inspired by the sultry burgundy shades of the Tartelette In Bloom Palette, by Tarte Cosmetics. This look is flirty and romantic and will make you feel beautiful even if your date is a big ol’ box of Russell Stover. No shame in that game! XOX
step 1: Prime the lids with eye primer. I opted for one with a skin tint to camouflage some hyper-pigmentation. Fingers allowed!
step 2: Set the eye primer with “Flower Child” using a flat shader brush. You want to create a nice smooth canvas for blending.
step 3: Blend “Smarty Pants” in the upper crease of your eye with a fluffy blending brush. This transition shade will subtly enhance your eye shape. *Tip: Follow your orbital bone (that hollow space below your eyebrow), for a fool proof placement.
step 4. Blend “Sweetheart” and “Rebel” into outer corner of the eye using small circular motions to create a soft, smokey effect.
step 5: Pack “Leader” in the outer-corner closest to the lash line. Bring it in to the inner corner, gradually getting thinner to create the effect of a soft liner. This technique will give you that sexy almond shape.
step 6: Smudge all colors used above on the lower lash-line. Start with the darkest and work your way down for a soft, gradient effect. Take the dark colors further down to intensify the smoke.
step 7: Highlight the brow bone and inner corner with “Charmer” to make it all pop.
step 8: Finish with some black eyeliner in the waterline (optional) and a coat or two of your favorite mascara.
*Extra Credit* If you’re feeling yourself and want some drama, add some false lashes to take it to the next level!
Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($46 Sephora)
Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer ($29 Sephora)
Morphe M441, M514, M160-1/16, M431 (Morphe.com)
Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12 Sephora)
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($24 Sephora)
Ardell Demi Wispies ($3.99 Ulta)