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Valentine’s Day: Subtle Brown Smokey Eye Makeup Look

6 February 2013 2 Comments Disclosure

Are you excited for Valentine’s Day coming up? Are you and your significant other making any special plans? Whether my husband and I are hanging out at home or headed out for plans elsewhere, I definitely want to look my best on Valentine’s Day.

As a part of the Walmart Moms, Walmart challenged me to put together a Valentine’s Day makeup look. With the giftcard provided I headed to my local store to find a couple of new beauty products to use on Valentine’s Day. Since many of us who wear makeup on a regular basis probably already have the essentials like a favorite mascara, foundation, and eyeliner. I choose products that would go with an already existing makeup routine. Just adding a few new products to the mix can produce a whole new look for any given day.


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Valentine’s Day Makeup:

(found at Walmart)

As you can see I only picked up a few products for our Valentine’s Day look which is a subtle, brown, smokey eye. I choose pink because not only is it one of the colors that signifies the “day of love” but it also compliments browns so very well. And since we are going to be playing up our eyes you don’t want the rest of the makeup on your face to distract but rather compliment. I also choose a nude palette with a wide range of colors because not only can you get several different looks out of this one product just by switching up what colors you use but also because it compliments a majority of skin tones. I’m normally a matte shadow kind of girl but I went with a shimmer shadow palette since it is Valentine’s Day and we are going for a bit different overall makeup look. The key with makeup is that you want to compliment and enhance your natural beauty.

How-to Valentine’s Day Makeup: Subtle, Brown, Smokey Eye

    Start off with a clean face. Apply your favorite foundation to even out your complexion. Apply translucent powder to set your foundation for a flawless base. For our eye makeup first curl the lashes and apply an eye shadow base all over the lid (my favorite is L’Oreal De-Crease).

  1. Instead of using the sponge tipped applicator provided with the Physician’s Formula Shadow Palette I decided to use my own makeup brushes. Since these shadows are shimmering and can cause a lot of fallout onto the cheeks when applying it, I decided to go with a wet application. To do this I simply dipped my brush into a bit of water and blotted it onto a towel until it was just barely damp. Then I picked up whatever shade of shadow I was using. Gently pat the product instead of sweeping the color onto the lid will yield a better, pigmented result. I applied the darkest brown color all over my lid up to the crease.
  2. Next, since we don’t want any harsh lines, I faded out the dark brown with a lighter brown applied just to the crease.
  3. Sweep a combination of the two lightest shades directly under the brow for a light catching highlight.
  4. Lastly, I applied my favorite eyeliner (Maybelline Precise Liquid EyeLiner) just to the upper lashline. I did not bring the liner all the way to the inner corner of my eye, I rather started just where my lashes began and gradually made a thicker line towards the outercorner. Next I smudged the liner using the black from our eyeshadow palette and damp angled eyeshadow brush. Applying shadow after liner not only sets the liner in place but also gives you the chance to clean up any bumps or mistakes you might have made to create that perfect line.
  5. Finish off the eye by applying a coat of your favorite black or brown mascara to the upper lashes only!

To complete our overall look, apply a hint of pink to the cheeks. I choose to try out the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush. I found that if I used a damp makeup sponge and pat it onto my cheeks I got the best results. I also swept Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout onto the lips for a bit of color. One tip for matte lipstick is to apply a lip balm first so that the lipstick with glide on smoothly.

So what do you think of the look? It isn’t very dramatic but rather beautifully, subtle to help make the real you shine through.

Walmart momDisclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received a giftcard and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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2 Comments »

  • Jenn said:

    You look gorgeous with those colors. :)

  • The Domestic Diva (author) said:

    Awww thanks Jenn!