The Perfect Pucker


It’s almost time for the most romantic and starry-eyed holiday of the year…Valentine’s Day. Whether you have fancy dinner reservations, a special homemade dinner menu constructed or some other exciting plans with your loved one, you know you want to look your best. Seeing as it’s a day revolving around candy, wine and kisses, your flirtiest aspects to play up are your lips. This is the most important day of the year to make them stand out, and what better way to do that than with a lip-popping color?

To stay in the Valentine’s Day spirit, you should turn to your ridiculously woman-like shades, such as red and pink. Whichever shade you want to wear is totally up to you seeing as makeup is all a personal preference. In my opinion, if you’re trying to seductively get your man’s attention, go with red; if you’re trying to lure your date in with the “Girl Next Door” look, go with pink. Either way, I promise that wearing the little bit of color will emphasize one of your best qualities!

Seeing as it’s still the winter, you’ll want to be sure to pick the right shades of either lipstick. If you choose to wear red lipstick, be sure to go with a cool, blue-infused shade. Picking a bright, fire truck red lip would be wrong this time of year. Try something like MAC’s “Russian Red” lipstick ($15.00) or Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede “Couture” lipstick ($9.99). My all-time favorite red lipstick is MAC’s Viva Glam 1” lipstick ($15.00) The same rule applies for pink lipstick; be sure to pick a dark magenta winter-inspired shade, as opposed to a fluorescent rose more suitable for spring or summer. Try a shade like Sephora Collection’s “Royal Raspberry” Color Lip Last ($12.00) or Maybelline Super Stay 14HR “Fuchsia Forever” lipstick ($8.99).

Now that you’ve got an idea of what color to pick, you’ll want to make sure you wear it properly. The point of swiping on these romantic shades is to emphasize your lips; therefore, you cannot emphasize anything else drastically. Keep your eye makeup to a minimum. In other words, wear a neutral eye shadow with brown eyeliner (not black), and one coat of mascara. It’s also important to remember that since you’re wearing such a bold color, you’ll want to make sure you buy a matching liner. You certainly wouldn’t want your beautiful lipstick to run, now would you? Here is my last and final tip, but it is the most important one to remember:  after you’ve applied your liner and lipstick, go in with your concealer and precisely outline your lips. This will work best with a concealer brush. Doing so, will make your perfect pucker that much more irresistible! Now, what are you waiting for? Get to pouting!


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