HOW-TO: Casual Romantic Makeup For Valentine’s Day using Luma by Jess Hart Makeup
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching my loves.
Whether you love V-Day or hate it with a passion, there’s still a strong chance you’ll be leaving your abode for either a) a romantic date or b) cocktails and plenty of man-hating with your girlfriends.
What ever you plan to do, you’ll want to look good regardless.
The best Valentine’s Day beauty look, in my humble opinion, is the one that doesn’t look like you’ve tried too hard.
Stick to glowing skin and raspberry lips – it’ll get a tick of approval from your best buds as well as your significant other.
In fact your beau will probably love your less-is-more ‘natural beauty’ approach, it will probably lead to A LOT more kissing. No guy wants to leave a date with half of your makeup all over him.
I decided to use four Luma products by Australian mega model Jess Hart.
Her new range is made from natural ingredients and filled with skin-loving essential oils that really help to give good glow.
This how-to also acts as a review for Jess’ range so you’ll be able to decide if any of the products I mention are right for you.
Casual Romantic Valentine’s Day Beauty Look
1. Silky Skin
After prepping your skin with your preferred primer (I’m Loving Eve Lom’s Flawless Radiance Primer, $79) take Luma’s Tinted Moisturiser with inbuilt SPF 15 ($24.95) and place a dollop on the back of one of your hands.
You can use a makeup brush to buff this creamy coverage in, but I decided to use my fingers as the heat really helps to push the product into the skin giving a very natural look.
Make sure to cover just under your neck as well if the tint is a little darker, you want to finish with a seamless result.
I found that with this tinted moisturiser, a little went a long way – so you won’t need too much. I also loved that despite it being called a ‘tinted moisturiser’, the coverage was that or better than some liquid foundations I’ve used in the past, yet still gave off a light luminous look and wasn’t cakey at all.
2. It’s Glow Time
Next, you want your skin to look sun-kissed and bronzed.
With my pale complexion I usually steer clear of bronzer and sweep on a little blush instead.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with Luma’s Bronzing Powder in Natural, $24.95.
When I swept the shimmery brown bronzer across my cheekbones I didn’t look ridiculous (as if brown mud had been slung across my face), I looked as if I’d taken a quick trip to St. Lucia!
When it comes to bronzer my rule of thumb is to start small and build up to a brown you are after. For this natural beauty look I suggest sticking to feathery strokes on your cheekbones (I use Eco Tools Deluxe Fan Brush, $18.72), ridge of your nose and hair line – basically anywhere the sun would naturally hit.
3. The Lips! The Lips!
I like to layer my lip products to give better longevity and to really make my smooches look opaque in colour.
I found Luma’s Sheer Lipstick to be a lot like a tinted lip balm as it was very creamy and soft and left my lips with a fine even tint of colour.
Luma’s Sheer Lipgloss is a must for any lip gloss hoarders amongst us. It’s formula is smooth and jelly-like reminding me of Lancome’s Juicy Tubes – except filled with 99% natural ingredients which is a huge plus.
4. Eyes On The Prize
To complete this casual romantic Valentine’s Day beauty look I decided to emphasise my eyes with a little black eyeliner (no cat-eye flicks here please!) a tiny amount of glossy glitter and a light comb through of mascara.
I started by covering my entire eyelid with Makeup Store’s Microshadow in Desert, $35 – a lovely neutral sandstone colour.
Once blended out I took Napoleon Perdis’ dual brush featuring a spoolie for mascara and brows and an eyeliner brush (I received this brush in Napoleon Perdis’ Regal Brush Collection).
With the eyeliner brush I take black pigment from Laura Mercier’s Longwear Creme Eye Pencil in Noir, $34.95 (Pst! This is the best black eyeliner ever!) and I draw a line almost on top of my natural eyelashes to deepen them.
With the other end of the makeup brush, I use the spoolie (the comb) to brush my eyebrows up and out before filling them in with Bobbi Brown’s Brow Kit, $75.
Next, with my index finger, I take the teeniest amount of MAC’s new Pearl Varnish Studio Eye Gloss, $40, and tap it all over my sandy-toned eyelids to give them a stunning mermaid-like shimmer.
Lastly, I lengthen my eyelashes with Diorshow’s Extase Mascara, $52.
Let me know what kind of makeup you’ll be wearing this Valentine’s day!
I’ll be heading out to see Breakfast At Tiffany’s at Sydney’s Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park with my lover, so this look is perf!