Perfect that pout for Valentine’s Day

Kate Bruce

One of the most romantic days of the year has arrived and with the annual arrival of Cupid comes a lot of important planning.

If you haven’t figured out the perfect, sultry date night makeup look yet, Amy Collins, stylist at The Salon in Ames, has shared some of her tips.

Collins’ number one rule when it comes to makeup is: whether it be powerful blush, bold lips, or intense eyes, the focus should always be on one facial feature. Try too much and it’ll look over the top.

The focus of this look will be a bold red lip.

The first step to any flawless face is applying a foundation primer.

“By adding this small step into your morning routine your foundation will stay on all day and spread over the skin much nicer,” Collins said.

She stresses that having a primer is a makeup bag essential.

Once the primer has set in, and the concealer, foundation, bronzer, and powder have been applied, sweep a fun, pink blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Collins suggests to blend the blush lightly back to the hairline. This will make the blush less intense and more natural.

To achieve the perfect smokey eye, you should start with a lid primer.

“Not only does it make the shadow last longer, “ Collins explained, “but it always makes the eye shadow go on more evenly.”

Next, pick three shades of a neutral-colored eye shadow; you will need a light, a medium and a dark. Start by filling the lid with the medium shade of eye shadow and then highlight the brow bone with the lightest color.

Apply the darkest color into the crease of your eyelid. Use a small brush to put the same shadow on the outer corner of the bottom lash line.

To finish off the eyes, blend the crease color into the lid color; without blending, the proper look will not be achieved. Apply eyeliner and mascara after finishing the eye shadow.

The final step to any sultry date night look is the perfect lip color. Collins mentions that though certain shades of lipstick look better on different skin tones, however, “a true red could be worn by anyone.”

When applying lipstick, also be sure to use a primer. Collins stresses that without using a primer the natural pigment of your lips could alter the shade, and therefore not give you that gorgeous pop of color you were expecting.