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Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

To help you enhance your features and look especially pretty, Inspirations & Celebrations has partnered with Maybelline on this makeup tutorial to show you a look to love on Valentine’s Day.

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to get prepared to look your best for your sweetheart. Whether you’ve been married to your dream man for years and are celebrating in a big way, or you’re just planning a fun night out with your sexy new beau, you’ll want to look naturally beautiful for your special guy.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial

Since guys often say they prefer the “natural look” on women, this makeup tutorial will show you how to do easy contouring and highlighting and skin-perfecting foundation, with the help of a soft-matte foundation and contour palette by Maybelline.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Since skin should look kissably soft on Valentine’s Day (without a heavy, caked-on appearance), a soft-matte foundation (like the new Maybelline Dream Velvet) applied with a damp sponge (such as the Maybelline Dream Blender) will help you get a virtually flawless face.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Step 1: For a smooth application, run the Maybelline Dream Velvet Blender sponge under water to dampen the sponge. Then dab a small amount of Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation onto the sponge.

The latex-free, re-usable sponge tip applicator has a compact design (which makes it convenient for storing in your cosmetic bag), and the built-in handle is easy to hold. The sponge was created to provide even coverage, making your foundation look perfect every time.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Step 2: Apply the foundation all over your face, making sure to thoroughly blend and smooth the foundation into your skin. Use the sides of the applicator sponge to blend in a circle on cheeks and outward on forehead, nose, and chin. By using the sponge applicator, it helps to ensure that no lines of demarcation will be noticeable, as it blends the foundation seamlessly.

The Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation not only provides a soft-matte finish, it also is hydrating, so your face feels smooth to the touch for up to 12 hours. The gel-whipped consistency gives you a fresh, flawless look, while covering up any blemishes or imperfections.

(Note: The shade I’m wearing above is #20 Classic Ivory).

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Step 3: To slim and define your face, the Maybelline Master Contour Palette will give you a more chiseled appearance in just 3 easy steps.

Using the brush included with the palette, apply the contour shade to your face in a 3 shape along your hairline, under cheekbones, and along the jaw. This might look strange at first, but once blended in, this technique will help these areas to virtually recede, making your face look more angular (like a supermodel). You can also slim the appearance of your nose by lightly brushing the contour shade along the sides of your nose.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Step 4: To accent your cheeks and give you a healthy, rosy glow, using the flat side of the brush, apply the blush directly onto the apples of your cheeks, directly above the contour (bronze) shade.

Then thoroughly blend the blush and contour shades into your skin.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

Step 5: To illuminate your face (drawing light to the areas you want to embellish), use your ring finger to sweep the highlighter shade above cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, on your brow bones, in the inner corners of your eyes, and along the bridge of your nose.

This highlighting technique has also been referred to as “strobing”, which you might have heard about recently through beauty bloggers on Instagram or YouTube videos.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

With velvety smooth skin and flushed cheeks, this girl-next-door look is exactly the kind of look he’ll love on Valentine’s Day.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

For the finishing touches, all you need is a swipe of lash-boosting black mascara, a thin line of black liquid eyeliner along your top lids, and a dab of pink-hued lipstick.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - A Look To Love for Valentine's Day

To find these Maybelline makeup products, head to a Walmart store near you.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - Dream Velvet Foundation and Dream Blender

Look for the new Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation, Dream Blender sponge, and Master Contour Palette in the Maybelline section of the Walmart beauty & cosmetics aisle.

Maybelline Makeup Tutorial - Master Contour Palette

Now that you’ve learned how to get a look he’ll love on Valentine’s Day, the next thing you’ll have to work on is figuring out a fun, romantic date for you and your honey to enjoy that day.

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