Most people have strong feelings about Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday full of opposing sides: people love it or hate it, celebrate or bemoan it. It’s sugar and spice, fear and loathing. Whether you’re Hallmark or Lupercalian, you can’t deny that Valentine’s Day gets people a little fired up.
I like my holidays with a certain amount of kitsch and few come quite as chintzy as Valentine’s Day. Even if you aren’t the type to send perfumed love letters or send bundles of exotic blooms, there are lacy paper hearts, cleverly worded cards, and pink-coloured pastries just about everywhere. …But what would Valentine’s Day be without those horrible-tasting gelatin-and-cornstartch confections we call Conversation Hearts? They’re hard to chew and rarely offer new advice, but something keeps us buying year after year. Could it be the colours?
I borrowed the confectionary pastel pinks to create a look for the holiday, accenting it with mint and lilac. With plenty of sparkle and shimmer, it was much more fun to wear that Conversation Hearts are to eat!
For each eye, I started by priming the lid and patting Shiro Cosmetics Lolita, a pale lavender, on the inner third of the lid. Next, I swept Sugarpill Birthday Girl, a soft baby pink, on the outer portion of the lid, pressing Sugarpill Mochi, a sea foam blue-green, into the center to blend. Using a fluffy crease brush, I contoured the lid with Sugarpill Weekender, an incredibly sparkly blue-violet, and then blended up into the brow with Shiro Cosmetics Kawaii, a very pale yellow-based pink. Finally, I used a black gel to draw a thick winged line and pressed on Sugarpill Stella while it was still wet, infusing it with the shadow’s multicolored sparkle.
Full List of Products Used:
Kat von D Lock-It Foundation in Light 44
Palladio Rice Powder in Translucent
Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Shadow Primer in Original
Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in Inked in Pink
Sugarpill Cosmetics Chromalust Loose Eyeshadows in Birthday Girl, Weekender, Stella, Lumi (as cheek highlight)
Sugarpill Cosmetics Pressed Eyeshadow in Mochi
Shiro Cosmetics Eyeshadows in Lolita, Kawaii
MICA Beauty Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in black
Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes mascara
Detrivore Cosmetics Blush in Spoiled
OCC Lip Tars in Vapid, Nylon (mixed 80/20)
My camera is broken, so until I get my hands on some new technology I’m stuck with Instagram pictures. I kept things casual with a simple black maxi-dress from Dots paired with a series of belts and a silver scarf received as Valentines. The scent of the day was Darling Clandestine Dewlap Valentine, layered over Lollia In Love to bring out the sweet fruits. From my afternoon classes to my midnight movie date, my makeup and my fragrance lasted all day.
Whether you celebrate with a long-time partner, a new limerence, or your best friend, it’s a great day to show the people you love exactly how you feel. If you don’t like being bossed around by Hallmark and the major candy companies, I don’t blame you–but I love an occasion to celebrate and Valentine’s Day is no exception. So Happy Valentine’s Day to you, whether you like it or not! <3