Valentine’s inspired make-up looks

with review of Lily Lolo lipsticks and Inika liquid foundation

Spring is already awakening and Valentine’s day is in the air. Even though many feasts have become too much commercialized nowadays, they’re still nice to remember us to focus on beautiful, positive side of life. Everyone in its own way. Uniquely. Like the makeup looks I’ve selected for you. To inspire you, to awaken your creativity, to celebrate life and love. I have done my best to choose different looks for different women considering the fact that everyone is unique, has its own style, taste and personality. So take these looks as guidelines and experiment with them by adding your personal touch. Along with the looks, I’ll take the opportunity to review also 2 of my favorite products that I love to use recently: Inika liquid foundation and Lily Lolo lipsticks.

1.look: Audacious and passionate
This look is very minimalistic, but this doesn’t take off its importance. I recommend it for women with high contrast, like light or medium skin with dark eyes and hair, where a red lip can make a statement. Choose the appropriate shade of red depending on your skin undertone: red with cool or with warm undertones. For those who like a statement lip but don’t feel at ease to wear bright red, choose a neutral toned down red, like Lily Lolo’s French flirt, a warm mid-toned-red. Make sure your skin is flawless and radiant. Inika’s liquid foundation will work great because it will even the skin tone and give luminosity to the skin. If needed use a concealer to minimize imperfections. I suggest to apply a few coats of black mascara if needed. Some of you may also not need it.

Valentine red inspired look: Passionate and audacious  (left picture from Burberry spring 2013)

Valentine red inspired look: Passionate and audacious
(left picture from Burberry spring 2013)

2.look: Romantic soul
This look will suit the best all overall light tonalities with pale skin and low contrasts between hair and skin. The trick is a well hydrated skin and again Inika’s liquid foundation can be a good choice. The eyes should be emphasized but in delicate shades, because the mood is a modern “doll” with large open eyes. Curl well your lashes and apply a few coats of mascara that it can be brown. But before applying mascara sculpt your eyelids with a neutral eyeshadow in light pink shade to define the eyes (like Inika Pink fetish). To counteract the effect, shape well your eyebrows with a brow pencil (like Inika for blondes). They should look defined but as natural as possible. The lips will look great in Lily Lolo Romantic rose shade of lipstick that will give to those porcelain complexion the right amount of color.

Romantic soul Valentine rose inspired look  (left picture from Valentino spring 2013 haute couture)

Valentine rose inspired look: Romantic soul
(left picture from Valentino spring 2013 haute couture)

3.look: Natural elegance
This look is best for classic or business women, who still want to look lovely, without being too rigorous. Using earth tonalities blended well together will keep the look “calm” but not boring. Choose together a gold and bronzy shade for your eyes and extend the color outside for a slightly dramatic effect. Use a touch of gold in the inner corner of the eye to give radiance to the entire look. Complete the look with a brown pencil to define the eyes. Line the upper lashline with the pecil and smudge the line. Apply mascara. You can sculpt the cheeks with a touch of bronzer or a blush in natural light beige brown shades. The lips will look great in nude creamy tonalities like Lily Lolo’s lipstick in Love affair – a dusky brown nude shade.

Valentine nude brown inspired look: Natural elegance  (left picture from Vera Wang  spring 2013)

Valentine nude brown inspired look: Natural elegance (left picture from Vera Wang spring 2013)

Among many green suggested products that you can use for creating your make-up, I’d like to emphasize and review 2 of my current favorites:

Inika liquid foundation
I like this new discovery, especially for upcoming spring days. Its texture is light and the coverage is light-medium, but at the same time it performs better than a tinted moisturizer for instance. I especially like the finish that it gives to the skin, some kind of luminosity without looking greasy. If you need more coverage or hide any imperfections you can mix it with Inika liquid concealer. They work great together. Here is the swatch of their lightest color called Cream:

Inika swatch of Liquid foundation in Cream shade (the lightest one)

Inika swatch of Liquid foundation in Cream shade (the lightest one)

It is suited for very light, fair skin tones and it has a neutral to warm undertone. I’d not recommend this foundation to those who like heavier coverage. Inika has got 4 liquid foundations in their collection. In general I also like Β its list with ingredients where there are: Aloe vera juice, Avocado, Olive, Coconut and Jojoba oil, Shea and cocoa butter, Oils of: Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Camellia, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Tamanu among many others.

Inika liquid foundation

Inika liquid foundation

 

Lily Lolo lipsticks
I have tried 3 lipsticks from the Lily Lolo collection that consists of 6 beautiful and modern shades. I decided to review them because I find them great especially for the upcoming spring. The colors are not too vibrant, but their shades are designed with a modern touch. I find the selection of colors very sophisticated. I have tried 3 very different colors: a warm mid-toned red shade called French flirt (you can see the swatches bellow) that suits many women, except those with very cool undertones (Desire is a red shade that is better for cool skin). I like to wear the most Love affair – a browny nude shade with a touch of pink, perfect for everyday and neutral skin tones. While Romantic rose is also a great choice for wearing everyday and it’s somehow a shade that is suitable for most women with light-medium overall tonalities. It’s a modern rich rose pink.
The lipsticks in general are very hydrating, and quite lasting. However, because of their high hydrating properties they don’t last for a very long time so you need to retouch them, especially if you wear them without lip liner. But the effect on the lips is very nice, creamy and chic.

Lily Lolo lipsticks

Lily Lolo lipsticks

The reason I have chosen to include those 2 products for Valentine’s day make-up is because they are very appropriate to wear: they look natural and give your skin a healthy and radiant look. They are great together with the looks I have presented, where the make-up is made to enhance your beauty, without looking fake and overloaded with make-up. Which is great for a lovely date πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoy the looks and like the products. Do you already use them? Let me know your experiences and thoughts.

 

 

I love to shop Inika and Lily Lolo’s products at Ecco-verde store.

 

photo credits: Models via Style.com, top picture: via Fashion gone rogue

 

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12 Responses to “Valentine’s inspired make-up looks”
  1. Raquel Torrents says:

    Yes! I have Romantic Rose (+ Intense Crush, which you don’t have, it’s like a really nice subtle coral) and I like both a lot, but I like it better if I don’t apply as much as usual with other lipsticks, because it is so creamy. Mmm I might get french flirt in the future…And I like all three looks, not just for Valentine’s day!

  2. Hi Dasha,

    Thanks for reviewing the Inika foundation. Have been curious about that one for a while, but it’s hard to get from here. What is the undertone of the foundation? I am hoping that it will be beige/yellowish in which case it would great for me. I am having a really hard time finding a foundation that matches my skin tone and that is organic…. sigh (I have a LOT of yellow in my skin!). Jane Iredale’s pure pressed powder in Warm Sienna matches me to a T but it’s the only thing that has really worked so far (most warm foundations including Vapour, Lavera and 100% pure are too peachy). Otherwise I am around an NC15-20 in MAC. Thanks!

    • green makeup says:

      Hi! Inika in Cream shade is very light, but if you are NC 15 it should work. For instance, I’m around NC 20-25 and it’s quite light for me. The good thing is that it has a yellow undertone and it does not look peachy like 100%pure for example. But, I don’t like their concealer in light which is too peachy rose… the foundation is ok. At the end it also depends on the skin itself, on some people the colors change more than on others. Anyway, I think you should find a sample before. If you will try it, I’d love to hear how it works for you.
      Have a lovely weekend!

      • Hi! Thanks, that is exactly the information I needed. I don’t have a way to get a sample but an online store that carries it offers a 30-day guarantee, so I think it might be worth a try! Nice weekend to you too!

  3. Malin says:

    Hi Dasha!
    Hope everything is well with you. Hope I can bother you with a question…
    My bas for makeup is pretty much like the nummer two look, with or without the lipstick. It suits me good since I am pale with small features and do not like to wear a lot of makeup. But I get lite bit bored with the same look. I would really like to do something different and I like the third look here. But I am not sure if I can pull of golden eyeshadow? I have pink undertones in my skin, I wear Living natures foundation in Taupe, Phyts foundation in sand is one of my favorites but I can also wear Inikas foundation in cream. Do you think I can wear a golden and Γ  brown eyeshadow combination and if so do you have any tip? I know this is not an easy since you can not see me in the flesh so understand if it hard to answer, but if you could it would be great. Sorry for such a long question, but I could resist. πŸ˜‰

    • green makeup says:

      Hi Malin!
      Thanks for stopping here πŸ™‚ Sorry for the previous comment. I haven’t seen you are from Bilbo blue eyes blog πŸ™‚
      Since you are pale with light blonde hair as I can see (correct me if I’m wrong, cause your picture is really small) and blue eyes (very blue – with a cool undertone?). Anyway, as I can see you on the picture in general, the 3rd look from this post would suit you well. I’d add in the crease of the eye a light orange brown (copper) for contouring and emphasizing the blue (with an opposite color to blue) and a touch of light gold on the center of eyelid, plus lots of black or even brown mascara! But if you’d use any blush or lip color, wouldn’t give you a pink at all, but something nude. Overall it’d be a light to medium nude, bisque look. Something similar to this, to understand better.

      It’s quite hard to describe exactly with words the look, but as you can see from this picture, I’d do something similar to this, just to have an overall image that this look would suit you great. But you should use colors that aren’t too dark: tonalities in LIGHT browns and a light gold, not very deep shades. And in the center of the lid put a touch of gold on top to add light.

      Hope was helpful πŸ™‚
      Best, Dasha

      • Hi Dasha!
        How strange that I mispelled my hompepage? I had a headache yeasterday so maybe it was that or it was my not always so helpful cat that fixed it. πŸ˜‰
        How good of you to figure it out any way. πŸ™‚
        Thank you for the tip, most helpful. I will go on the hunt for hopefully the right shade. πŸ™‚

      • green makeup says:

        Hi! No problem, I quickly saw that is you πŸ™‚ Maybe I was also hurrying too much πŸ˜€
        I’m glad it was helpful and wish you to find what you search! Right now I’m preparing finally a new post πŸ™‚
        Have a lovely day!

  4. eventmanagement58 says:

    Everything looks so apt and beautiful

  5. Good to know that the INIKA Liquid Foundation has light coverage. Although I typically like medium-full coverage since I have acne… I like having a light coverage foundation handy for my better skin days!

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