Valentine’s essentials for galentines, palentines or date night

Smokey eyes and luscious lips are my Valentines go to looks.

Sculpting your face and finishing your look is also an essential step to beautiful makeup that will last past midnight.

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick (€32) is now an icon in the lipstick world. It’s the perfect nude to match your smoky eye. Enriched with nourishing orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts, plus light-reflecting pigments, lips appear softer, smoother and more youthful.

Finished with an angled square tip, apply straight from the bullet for the best lips of your life! Add the liner for the most perfect of pouts.

Its Push Up Lashes in Dream Pop (€30) have long-lasting volume, length and a weightless 24 hour vertical lift effect. I never thought anybody would convince me to stray from black lashes, however this burgundy/purple shade gives you a softer yet still defined look. The innovation brush has diamond shaped bristles to fan out each lash.

The Luxury Palette of Pops (€52) is a colour coded palette to help you create a sexy smouldering eye with four shimmering eyeshadows which can be worn alone or together. This dazzling delightful quad is designed for ultimate glamour which is perfect for date night or galentines.

Iconic Bronze

Contour your face with Iconic Bronze Cream Luxe Sticks. Sculpt, add a youthful pop of colour and finish with some flawless highlighter to create the most perfect makeup look for daytime casual or full on night time glam.

This 3-piece face edit consists of a contour stick, a blush stick and a highlight stick provides sheer hydration and an instantly uplifted, elegant visage. These buttery, blendable base products and their foolproof formulas will lift, sculpt and define your features with the sweep of a brush. Bronze up with shades Biscuit, Cinnamon and Chocolate, add a flush of colour to your cheeks with Coral, Blushing or Wine, and light up the room with Spotlight, Classic Gold, or Gilded Gold. It’s available as a 3-piece collection in light, medium or dark, or individually to allow you to mix and match.

Create a multi-dimensional, smouldering illusion by playing with light and shadows to build your picture perfect profile. The luminous, velvet finish allows you to simply glide the product across your face, the contours of your cheekbones, enhancing your natural beauty as well as mimicking a natural radiance, with shimmering accents and dynamic highlights.

Iconic Bronze Cream Luxe Sticks are available as a 3-piece set for RRP €38.

Kash Beauty

Kash Beauty’s Setting trio is the most versatile way of setting your makeup. Create an incomparable glam with Kash’s Setting Powder (RRP €24.95), with its universal translucent shade made to suit all skin tones.

With brightening, mattifying and blurring powers, this setting powder absorbs any excess oil and dispels the appearance of wrinkles, pores and fine lines. The lightweight, non-drying formula layers beautifully on the skin without the risk of looking cakey.

Pair this with the K04 Setting Powder Brush (RRP €14.95) for a super precise application to ensure the powder works to the best of its ability to conceal any blemishes and pores. Designed with dome shaped bristles, the unique, innovative fibres pick up the pigment and blend across the face seamlessly.

Seal it all in with your final step using Kash’s Setting Spray (RRP €19.95). Containing lemon extract to prolong the longevity of your makeup application, it gives the face an overall skin-like finish, preventing any fading and creasing throughout the day with its 12 hour hold.

Just a few spritzes as you leave the door, will serve as an excellent insurance policy. A must have for those long days that could turn into equally long nights! I love using this to dampen my sponge too for foundation application.