As a romantic relationship grows and matures, so does the way we approach them. There is the initial honeymoon-like giddiness that comes with a first date, the comfort that comes with an understanding developed over time, and the security of a more settled relationship.
Of course, how we act and view holidays where we're meant to celebrate this kind of love changes, too. Your beauty routine is no different.
So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, rustans.com measures the seasons of those in love and presents three different beauty looks that take you through the preparation for your date night.
the first blush
There is a child-like anticipation when it comes to first dates. You can’t help but wonder if this one is the last first date you’ll ever have. Between the daydreaming and the butterflies, the first date marks one of the most euphoric stages of a relationship: the honeymoon phase. When it’s that new and good, it’s best to reflect that with a softer, sweeter makeup look.
First, start with a perfected base. Use a peach pink-toned corrector like Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector in Bisque to correct any uneven darkness on your face like acne scars or dark circles. The red undertone of the corrector cancels out the darkness prior to foundation and makes your complexion’s skin tone nice and even. Next, apply your shade of Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum Broad Spectrum. This lightweight but buildable foundation gives you a natural-looking finish and allows you to set the coverage with which you’re comfortable. Set the face with a few spritzes of MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix+ and then lock it all in with Anastasia Beverly Hills Loose Setting Powder for longer lasting makeup. Of course, you'll be spritzing the setting spray again once your whole makeup look is done but locking in the base gives it that extra bit of hold.
When you’re happy with your base, add some color and dimension back into your skin with some cheek products. jane iredale Limited Edition Queen Bee PurePressed® Blush adds a soft, romantic pop of color that contains small flecks of shimmer. Sheer the blush onto the apples of your cheeks for a naturally glowing, long-lasting flushed look. Add a touch of highlighter to the high points of your cheek bones with Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Kitten as it subtly catches the light any time you turn your head, making it great for photos.
On a first date, trust your tried-and-tested and go for a more minimal, almost no makeup-makeup look. So, after you draw on a small winged line using your Clarins Graphik Ink Liner Liquid Eyeliner Pen, neaten your brows with K-Palette 1Day Tattoo Lasting 3Way Eyebrow Pencil 24H, and swipe on your favorite “your lips but better” kissable lipstick, you’re good to go. Spritz on a little bit more of that setting spray once you’re done to ensure a beauty look that lasts the whole date through.
For the last few finishing touches, don’t forget to complete your look with your nails and your fragrance. If you’re looking to achieve a softer glam like this one, keep your nails classically neutral as well. Like with Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Fashion, you can’t go wrong. As for scents, diptyque Eau Capitale Eau de Parfum is the way to go as it is a gloriously romantic perfume that was inspired by the many facets of the most romantic city in the world: Paris.
Et voilà! You're ready for your first date.
The LAsting thrill
After a while of dating, you become more comfortable around your partner. They become your confidant as they start to see even the little things about yourself only you can see and they stay with you—building your confidence, too. So this Valentine’s Day is a great time to experiment and switch things up, especially with your beauty looks.
Start off with the hair. You’ll want your hair feeling soft to the touch and smelling good so the scent lingers as you pass by. Wash and condition your hair with your favorite Himawari products to nourish your beautiful tresses. Then, comes the styling—and as creative looks go, this is the time to go big. Achieve gorgeous, big, and bouncy curls with Vidal Sassoon Swarovski 38mm Curling Iron. Add a touch of Phyto Phytolaque Soie - Light Hold for a long-lasting hairstyle that stays soft and manageable.
For your makeup look, start your base off with a glow that lasts. It’s important to match a primer with the formula of the foundation you’re using. For example, if you’re using a full coverage foundation with a matte finish, you’ll want a primer like jane iredale Smooth Affair® Facial Primer & Brightener that’s more hydrating as it helps your skin retain more moisture so your makeup doesn’t look caked on. If your foundation is more dewy, a mattifying primer like Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier helps to prevent excess shine.
When you want to achieve a perfected radiance from within, Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation is perfect for this as it leaves your skin looking radiant and flawless. Further conceal with Clarins Instant Concealer to hide any dark circles and blemish scars for a perfected canvas. Sculpt your face further with Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour to add depth to your skin. Once you’ve applied your liquid and cream products to your skin, set the base with a loose setting powder like MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Perfecting Powder. Add a gentle sweep of a more neutral, natural blush like Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Blush in Alluring Rose to keep your look balanced.
Whatever your brand of adventurous creativity for Valentine’s Day is, as you feel more comfortable with yourself and with your partner, we highly encourage you to go for it. For this look, we went with something a little bolder in the lip department—after all, it is Valentine’s Day and what better way to attract attention to your most kissable feature? Swipe on a darker lip color like the and warm it up when you top it with MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour for an irresistibly bold color.
When you’re finished with the main star of your look, keep the rest simple so that your focal point remains unmatched. Line your eyes with a slight wing to make your eyes naturally look wider and brighter. Curl your lashes and swipe on a few coats of Kanebo Natural Framing Mascara to get your eyes looking more awake. When you’re happy with your makeup, lock it all in place with a generous spray of Clarins Fix Make-Up. For good measure, put on a few sprays of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse® Florale Beauty Dry Oil for an added glow that leaves a lingering, seductive floral scent that lasts through the night.
Going for a bolder and more creative look on Valentine's day adds a little bit of extra thrill, which keeps things with your partner refreshed and keeps you both excited for Valentine's day dates to come.
the elegant ever-after
And lastly, there’s your happily ever after when you get married. Your partner is one you have committed to for life and things could not be greater. At this point, you must have had many Valentine’s Day dates past but you can still keep it fun when you make the effort.
For hair, a delicate updo that looks effortless adds elegance and casual sophistication to your look. To achieve this, curl your hair with BaByliss Pro Curl 210. Don’t be afraid to make it look a bit messy as the look does call for a stylish but voluminous nonchalance. Effortless, as it were. Pin your hair in place until you’re happy with the style. Lock it in place with Phyto Phytolaque Miroir - Medium Hold.
For makeup, you can creatively play around with hints of color while maintaining a classically glamorous look. Keep your base flawless and radiant with La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation SPF 25 PA+++. Once you're happy with your complexion, shift your focus to the eye makeup.
Sweep on Cyprus from Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette all over your eyelid with the color blended in. The single, darker color adds depth to your eyes, making them look even more sultry, as well as prepares you to use the lower lash line for a fun twist on a classic look. Line your lower lash line with Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Emerald for an eye-catching pop of color.
Further define your eyes with eyeliner and mascara. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner gives you a precise line that lets you decide how thin or thick you wish your line to be. Go big with your lashes and swipe on a few coats of Estée Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara for long, fluttering lashes that finishes the eye look fabulously. Keeps your lips simple but kissable with jane iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick™ in Jessica.
And to finish off your elegant Valentine's Day look, don't leave the house without a spritz of Dolce&Gabbana The One One 2 Eau de Parfum for a seductive, unforgettable fragrance that lets your partner remember how lucky they are to have you.
When you have the chance to celebrate love, take it and don't let go. This Valentine's Day, however you decide to enjoy the most romantic day of the year, do it well and do it fabulously.
Photographers: Oliver Tam and Joy Frances Ulit
Art Directors: Jonnah Dayuta, Kevin Dexter Magno, and Hans De Barras
Producer: Jonnah Dayuta
Stylists: Timothy Diao, Alex Lizares, and Nana Valdueza
Production Coordinator: Elaine Contreras
Makeup: Lio Javier
Hair: Gladys Tiosen
Model: Elliah Ungson
Shot on location at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
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