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Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks for All Your Love Day Plans

Get inspired by beauty looks that'll take you from Galentine's brunch to a romantic date night.

This Valentine’s Day, look to makeup in seasonal shades of pink and red worn in both classic and experimental ways. Think: va-va-voom eyeliner and heart art. Prepping for a serious night on the town? Pair your full beat with hair that’s unabashedly sexy. ’Tis the season of grand gestures, after all — so why not go all out on your glam?

While the notion of love is central to the February 14 holiday, it can be honoured and celebrated in many different ways, whether you’re hosting Galentine’s brunch with the girls, headed to a romantic rendezvous in the city, or staying in with your beloved. Here, we’ve rounded up five Valentine’s Day makeup and hair looks fit for any occasion. We predict it’ll be love at first sight.

For Galentine’s brunch


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What would Valentine’s Day be without a few hearts? Break out your best eyeshadow palettes and tap into your creative side with a heart-shaped eyeshadow look, like this one by makeup artist Samantha Harvey, over mimosas with your girls. A smooth blowout will let your heart eyes do all the talking. Cheers to you, ladies.

For staying in


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If spending the night at home and ordering in with your S.O. is more your vibe, we’ve got you covered. A messy updo of tousled curls like Whitney Peak’s is the low effort look with high payoff to try for an at-home Valentine’s Day date. Add a healthy helping of highlighter and a matte nude lip and you’re all set. Just because you may be staying in doesn’t mean you can’t get a little dolled up!

For a night on the town


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Whether you’ve got a candlelit dinner booked or an evening of spontaneous bar hopping planned, consider the alluring combination of sharp-winged liner and a romantic red lip for a night out with your partner. Let this look by MUA Dafinë Neziri be your guide to glamour that oozes sex appeal and sets the tone for a night of flirtatious exchanges. Classic? Yes. Cliché? Maybe. Either way, effective. Best served with a head of tousled curls.

For that exciting third date


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Redefine what constitutes Valentine’s Day makeup with an electrifying liner look this year. Your inspo? This glam by celebrity makeup artist Keita Moore. Reach for a cherry red pencil liner and fill in your waterline for a makeup moment that adds a hint of fun to your look — but doesn’t give it all away. This beauty moment is all about the eyes, so sweep your hair back into a headband or ballerina bun.

For a day date


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For a V-day walk or picnic in the park, might we suggest thinking pink? Not only does soft pink glam emit a playful aura well-suited to a daytime date, but its light pigment allows for multi-use on the eyes, cheeks and lips to create a monochromatic look that is both cost and time efficient — because you’ve got a date to get to! Pair the monochromatic Valentine’s Day makeup look with your hair centre-parted and slicked into a ponytail to let your gorgeous face take centre stage.