Easy Valentine's Day Makeup, Hair, Nails

Let's face it: some of us have this fantasy of smokey eyes, sexy curls and a glamorous outfit for a fancy Valentine's Day dinner. But in reality, that's not always the case--it's a quiet dinner at home (my personal choice) after the kids are asleep. Today, I'm sharing an easy Valentine's Day look that's great for beginners, teens, and those who occasionally wear makeup. Plus, most everything can be found at the drugstore. Enjoy.

  • I wanted this to look as natural as possible, so I wore a BB Cream and concealer.
  • For my cheeks, I wanted a light flush of pink, so I ran my Duo Fiber Brush over the Maybelline Master Glaze in Pinched in Pink and brushed over the apples of my cheeks.
  • My lips have Maybelline Color Elixir (review coming soon, but shared in a haul here) in Rose Refined.
  • For my eyes, I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked In Pink on my lids. If you can't find this, try Vaseline Jelly mixed with a light pink shadow (I recommend the lid shade in the Wet N Wild palette Walking on Eggshells
  • I lined my upper lash line with this liner from Wet N Wild. Just use short strokes and allow a few seconds for it to dry. It's easy, I promise.
  • Then I added a coat of this Essence mascara.
  • For a special treat, I'm wearing these ESQIDO mink lashes* that I was sent. If you've found false lashes difficult, give these a try. They are SO easy to apply. Most recently sported on Victoria's Secret models and celebs, ESQIDO mink lashes come in a variety of styles--I chose Little Black Lash and Unforgettable. They're soft, natural-looking, and you can get up to 25 uses out of them (as opposed to 4 or so from synthetic lashes). And these are collected, sanitized and hand-crafted from the natural shedding process. These sterilized lashes are hypoallergenic, and I can assure you I experienced no sensitivity at all. I don't think I can go back to synthetic after using these.

  • After applying a heat protectant and allowing it to dry, I wrapped 2 inch sections around the barrel of a 1.25 inch curling iron. I held it for about 5 seconds before moving on to the next section. Spray with hairspray if needed. This is the usual method I use for my hair and I've posted many tutorials on this, if interested.

  • I was sent these Hot Designs Nail Art Pens* a while back, and all of the pictures for my original review have disappeared on my dead hard drive (rip), but that's fine because I'm sharing an even easier design that you'll be able to do. I used these for my Minnie Mouse nails (shared here on my Instagram), that so many of you loved.
  • They have ways to use them: as a brush or with the tip. The tip makes it so easy for nail art. If brushes or dotting tools are too difficult, give these a try. They're $14.99 each and fun. Look for them at retail stores. Check out their Facebook for their Nailies contest for more nail art design inspiration.
  • To create these nails, I painted a base coat of a darker pink with the brush end, and then painted dots with the tip of a lighter pink. To make the heart, I made 3 dots in a reverse triangle with the tip, and then connected them with polish.
    *This post was not sponsored in any way. Everything was purchased by me, except I was sent two items to try. I chose to review and share them with you. All photos were edited with the Auto Brighten button and put into collages. No photoshop was used.

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    I've got another look for Valentine's Day that is being featured on PopSugar Beauty. Stop by to check it out!

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