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My Valentine’s Day make-up with, mostly, Bobbi Brown products!

Hello my beauties! How’s life treating you all this fine weekend? London is deciding whether to snow or not, so it’s freezing cold and wet. Since the weather is far from the best, I will just ignore it and get on with my life, thinking about more pleasant things! Such as Valentine’s Day for example! And Valentine’s Day makeup! And, more specifically, Valentine’s makeup with Bobbi Brown products and the new Nars Soft matte Concealer!

For the purposes of this post, I mostly used Bobbi Brown Products, excluding the concealer which is the new Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer and the blush which is the Armani Sheer Fluid. I’m testing both and, so far, loving them. I will review the Nars concealer in a separate post next week, so stay tuned! You can also find a full list of products at the end of the post, if you’re interested, although you can definitely recreate this look or a similar one with any cosmetics you already have. The colours I used are classic and the look I went for is wearable but with impact, especially in the eyes. Sparkly caramel eyes, soft but luminous bronzy cheeks and nude lips, with a pop of sparkly blue liner! Here is the look in day light:

Valentine's Day makeup idea using Bobbi Brown products on face and the Ears Soft Matte Complete Concealer‎

My take on a Valentine’s day look for this year

Valentine's Day makeup idea using eyeliner and Bobbi Brown products on face and the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer‎

And when we lower our eyes, there goes the blue liner!

You can see this is totally wearable and can be great for both day and evening. There is quite a lot happening on the eyes, so I kept the rest of the face natural:


Desired effect and process: I opted for a light to medium coverage foundation which I sheered out with a buffing brush. Once the thin layer I applied became one with my skin, I covered a few newly acquired spots with a concealer. I then added some champagne liquid highlighter on the cheek bones, above my eyebrows, cupids bow and bridge of the nose. I blended all of that and then added a liquid blush in bronze colour, keeping the face luminous matte. There isn’t any glitter in the products that I used. This resulted in soft and natural looking skin with no imperfections. I did not powder at all, I didn’t need it. I sometimes find that if you work the right products well, not much powder is needed, if any at all. This makeup lasted all day.

Products used: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, Nars Soft Matte Concealer, Bobbi Brown Pearl Cream Highlighter (part of the Pearl Cream and Pink Flush Cheek Glow palette), Armani Fluid Sheer 10


Desired Effect and process: That’s where I played a bit more. I used a taupe-caramel eyeshadow on my eyelid and on top of that, I patted a glittery eyeshadow (copper, bronze glitter). Once I blended well, I applied a blue liquid eyeliner, with blue and purple glitter, along my upper and lower half lash lines. I, then, applied a brightening eyeshadow under my brow bone, for a lifting effect. I used a bronzy liner in the second half of my lower lash line and blended with the blue where they met. And voila! Sparkly, copper-bronze eyes with a pop of blue eyeliner! I applied two coats of mascara and, guys, I loved the result.

Valentine's Day close up eye make up with blue liner and taupe eyeshadow from Bobbi Brown

Eyes close up

LONG-WEAR LIQUID LINER Bobbi Brown on eyes

A closer look to the eyeliner

Products used: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle, Bobbi Brown All Spice Sparkle Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Liner in Scotch, Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara Note: These Bobbi Brown Liquid Liners are amazing. And so easy to use!


Desired Effect: I used a nude matte lipstick; kept it simple but in harmony with the rest of the face and the caramel tones. I hydrated my lips beforehand.

Products used: Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Rich Nude

And that’s all I did really. The result looks softer in the pictures above, so I’m including a photo I took indoors which depicts the intensity of the makeup a bit better:

Valentine's Day makeup look with Bobbi Brown foundation, Bobbi Brown eyeliner and Nars matte Concealer close up on face

Alternate light

Soft, luminous skin with intense eyes and softly defined cheeks and lips is very much me. I’d totally wear something like this on a date, I love the caramel hues all over the face and the contrast with the blue liner. Of course, you can make this look even more intense by changing the lips for a darker brown lipstick or a statement pink; you can add more intensity to the eyes as well. Whatever takes your fancy, but for me this is great and as intense as I like it in real life. 🙂

And how about Valentine’s Day?! It’s a fun day! I’m no believer in celebrating love on one day a year and it kind of annoys me how everything gets so commercial and red all of a sudden (hence I resisted a RED lip, lol!). However, since it’s there I’m not going to boycott it, on the contrary, I’ll make the most of it and enjoy myself. I used to do so even as a single girl many moons ago, actually! These days, hubby and I do something every year, but not anything extravagant or too different from what we would do if there was a small occasion at a different point in the year. Saying that, I can completely appreciate that tons of people don’t like celebrating, full stop. This doesn’t mean you won’t wear makeup on the day, does it? I, therefore, hope you liked my personal take on “romantic” make up and maybe those that are looking for ideas for February 14th found this a little useful.

What is your take on romantic make-up?

Have a lovely weekend and speak to you soon!


Eleni xx

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  1. Lulle February 12, 2017

    Very nice! I like that you didn’t go for an all pink and red makeup, because let’s be honest, pink all over, on the eyes, cheeks AND lips, doesn’t flatter every skin tone, and it’s just too… I don’t know, fake? I don’t particularly want to turn myself into a pink cupcake for Valentine’s so I’ll probably do a smoky eye!
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    • rougenapples February 13, 2017 — Post Author

      Hahahaha! Loved your description of all this “pinkness” :). I’m 100% with you, lovely! And I didn’t want to do a red lip this year because that would match all of the flowers and balloons around! Not saying I don’t like a red lip BTW, just fancied a change this year. Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s! I’m travelling tomorrow, so we celebrated this weekend! x

  2. Shona February 12, 2017

    I just ❤️ the eye colours used that I think I will go buy them myself. The look is SO natural, you can’t really tell that your wearing any.

    I have just turned 38, although I was never one to wear daring makeup, as I get older, the more natural makeup that I wear. My friends always say that I wear natural well applied makeup unlike some of the females that you see walking about here where you need a shovel to remove the stuff.

    • rougenapples February 13, 2017 — Post Author

      Hi Shona! Nice to e-meet you! I’m a *massive* fan of makeup with an impact but one that looks great when people see you and interact with you. I very rarely do makeup for photography and even when I got married, I did a 12 month research into how I can achieve the best makeup for real life AND photography. I achieved something that was so very me :). And I agree with you, I’ve always done playful makeup, but after turning 30, I now look for elegance and that “expensive-looking” face which is basically me at my best. Nice to have met another fan of natural beauty! x

  3. silverkis February 13, 2017

    We think alike, Eleni! I’m in the midst of crafting a v-day makeup look post using Bobbi Brown too! But oops… i’m afraid a red lip is involved. ;P Love your sentiments though, this over the top commercialism is too much. Let’s enjoy love every single day!
    silverkis recently posted…Charm Your Muse this Valentines’ Day with Modern Muse Nuit & Le Rouge Gloss

    • rougenapples February 13, 2017 — Post Author

      Haha, great minds think alike ;)! Can’t wait to read your post Linda! I’m sure you’ll rock that red lip though, which matters! As for love, it’s so beautiful, it’s just not fair to celebrate it once a year, I totally agree :)…

  4. emily March 4, 2017

    Love this! Very nice and soft for valentines day. Way to avoid the red lip haha!!
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    • rougenapples March 4, 2017 — Post Author

      Glad you like it! Thought to avoid red this year and worked well :D!

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