Create the Perfect Valentine’s Day Makeup

Valentine’s Day is coming up and love is in the air! Make sure the day goes perfect, and that you look your best, with these handy makeup tips from ILLUMIN8.

Whether you have a hot date in a restaurant or are going to see this year’s favourite Rom Com, everyone wants to look their best on Valentine’s Day. It is a time for us girls to be treated, and also a great time to try something new with your makeup routine.

And even if you have no plans, treat yourself to these makeup tricks anyway, and leave yourself looking, but more importantly feeling, fantastic.

Here are some makeup tips to get you started – pick one, or all, this February 14th.

Focus on the Eyes

The eyes are the window to the soul. Accentuate your fabulous features with a thick black eyeliner on the upper lid, to increase the look of your lash line. Apply it with a liquid liner to create a seamless look, and if you are feeling daring add a flick to really make your eyes pop.

Curling your eyelashes can really open up the eyes, make them seem larger, and the lashes will appear longer and fuller. Adding dark mascara and false eyelashes can further increase this look.

Strong eye makeup is seductive but demure, and suits all eye shapes and colours. It is a classic makeup look that everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie has rocked over the years.

Vamp it up

Red lips are a daring choice for Valentine’s Day, but it is important to make sure that your lips are in good condition before using a lipstick. Bright hues tend stick unflatteringly to chapped and dried lips, especially if you choose a matte colour.

Use sugar as a light lip scrub once a week, and it will remove all that dead skin from the top layer of your mouth. Finish with lip balm, wait five minutes and apply a lip colour or tint.

Bright red lips have been a beauty staple since the 1920s and it is as popular as ever as a celebrity red carpet favourite.


Give your face cheek bones that Kate Moss would be jealous of with some great contouring tips.

By focusing on the highlights in your face on the main areas; the cheeks, the forehead or the nose, it is possible to create the illusion of striking bone structure on all face shapes.

You can give yourself a sculpted look by enhancing your natural features.

  • When applying contouring to the forehead, apply a darker colour to the temple and a highlighter lightly in the middle to give your face a lovely upper shape.
  • Lightly line each side of your nose if you want to create a thinning effect.
  • Run the highlighter slightly above the hollow of your cheek bone, this can be followed by blush underneath.
  • Add a little dot of highlighter in the centre of your cupid’s bow to make your lips seem larger.
  • Don’t forget to blend!

Kim Kardashian is the self-proclaimed queen of contouring. This makeup technique is a great one to try for those that are perhaps a little more experienced with makeup, because it can be a little tricky to get right. When done correctly, it can look incredible.

Have a romantic Valentine’s Day with these ILLUMIN8 makeup tips. If you want a more professional approach to your makeup routine, visit our website and book in for one of our private makeup classes or workshops.