The archaic notion of Valentine’s Day is as follows: red roses, champagne, and an extravagant meal provided by your significant other; a confetti-and-balloon festooned affair enjoyed exclusively by couples and married folk. It is a celebration of love, albeit a limited one—constrained only to those who are in a romantic relationship. Thankfully, it is far from the reality that we live in now. These days, Valentine’s Day has taken on a new shape and form, whereupon it is celebrated amongst friends, family and even strangers through dedicated events such as Anti V-Day parties. In this enlightened new age, 14 February takes on a new definition that is much more inclusive than before. In any case, however, you do want to put your best face forward regardless of who you’re spending Valentine’s Day with. And that’s where Vogue Singapore comes in. To help you on your mission to score a stunning visage, we’ve spoken to various professional make-up artists to garner their expertise on fool-proof date night make-up. Beyond acting as a confidence-booster, it also tells your loved ones that you put in a concentrated amount of effort for your meet-up; a showcase of your gratitude for their presence in your life.
From glitter-infused lids to glossed lips, we’ve chronicled a series of jaw-dropping date night make-up looks for you to emulate—ranging from simplistic to swanky, and everything in-between. Spy all the meticulously-crafted miens below, and be sure to get your arsenal of sponges, brushes, and face palettes at the ready while you’re at it.
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Delicate pink hues, with a twist
Revered celebrity make-up artist Melissa Hernandez is responsible for this bold make-up look that serves up a hefty dose of romance—with edge. For the eyes, she utilised the Pat Mcgrath Mthrshp Mega Celestial Odyssey Limited-Edition Eyeshadow Palette, whereupon she dusted lids in the soft pink hue titled ‘Lotus Luxe’ and highlighted the inner corners with ‘Electrique.’ As for eyeliner, Haus Laboratories Liquid Eye-Lie-Ner was used; a whiskey-brown hue that acts as a subtle contour to enhance full, fluttery lashes.
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Dial up the intensity with smouldering cranberry hues designed to turn heads. This masterpiece by Melissa Hernandez incorporates three separate eyeshadow options: Viseart Grande Pro 3 Eyeshadow Palette, Natasha Denona MultiChrome Liquid Eyeshadow in the hue ‘Dragonfly’, and Makeup by Mario Master Metals Palette. The stellar eye make-up is complemented by a neutral lip crafted using the Dior Beauty No-Transfer Lip Liner Pencil in shade ‘Brown Fig’ as well as the Rouge Dior lipstick in ‘100 Nude Look.’
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A versatile look for all occasions
Earthy, neutral tones are the central focus of this look crafted by make-up artist Marc Teng. He started off with the Clinique Moisture Surge 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator to prep the skin, before following it up with the Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer. The Nars Sheer Glow Foundation was then used to even out her complexion. Marc then lined her lids with a dark brown eye pencil, and smudged it out with a brush for a soft, ethereal effect. As for the lips, the Dior Lip Glow was used to create the impression of thicker, fuller lips.
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Sweet sixties-inspired waves
Sydney Sweeney’s fluffy ‘do was created using T3 Micro’s T3 Twirl Trio Interchangeable Clip Barrel Iron. Once you’ve twisted your hair into loose, cascading waves, set it by blasting it with a hair-dryer as well as spritzing it with finishing spray. Hairstylist, Laura Polko used the T3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer and styling products from Aquage to do the job. And while make-up artist, Melissa Hernandez, didn’t state the exact lipstick she used, we’ve found that the Gucci Beauty Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in 404 Cassie Magenta is a close-match.
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Subtlety is key
And for those who prefer a minimalist approach, take a cue from make-up artist Allan Avendaño with this diffused lip look. Avendaño opted for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Liner in Dusty Rose to “deepen the tone” of Joey King’s natural lip before layering it with yet another one of Anastasia Beverly Hills’s products: the Rose Dream Lipstick. He completed the look by pairing it with a rosy smokey eye that he created using shades from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Primrose Palette.
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Shift your focus onto your base should your date-night setting be alfresco or lacking in the air-conditioning department. Korean make-up artist, Nina Park, ensures everything stays in place by first prepping the skin with Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Micro Serum and Le Lift Fluid. The Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Highlighting Fluid in Pearly Glow is used, after, to create the impression of a lit-from-within complexion.
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Old-school Hollywood glamour
An oldie but a goodie. Allan Avendaño revamps this classic look by extending the eyeliner to the inner corners as well. In this case, he used the Sigma Beauty Wicked Gel Liner and paired it with falsies from Tatti Lashes.
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Playful and punchy
For those intimidated by the red eyeliner trend, try this understated rendition which restricts the hue to your waterline. Make-up artist, Patrick Ta, used the Treslúce Beauty Intenso Liner in Amor and paired it with a blush with peachy undertones—namely, the Patrick Ta Major Headlines Double-Take Creme & Powder Blush Duo in She’s That Girl.
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Dreamy cotton candy lids
The experimental at heart would, no doubt, be enticed by this multi-dimensional eyeshadow look. Devised by Korean beauty guru and make-up artist, Pony, it is actually formed utilising six shades from the Morphe x Pony Constellation Sky Artistry Palette: Lavender Shower is used to line the inner corners; Lucid Dreams is applied to the tail-end of the lids; soft pink hue Mood serves as the base; Bora is tapped on at the outer-corners of the eye to soften any harsh lines; a dash of metallic bronze colour Quartz helps connect the lower lash line; while pearlescent Nebula is delicately brushed on over the whole lid to add some shimmer to the soft, whimsical look.
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Self-proclaimed “professional illusionist” and make-up artist, Vincent Oquendo, created this vivid smokey eye that is perfect for a sultry night out. Instead of going for earthy tones, he went with kohl and space-grey shades created using Dior Beauty’s Diorshow Kohl Pencil in 099 and the Dior Five Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in 079 Black Bow.