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Big date planned on Valentine’s Day? Or maybe you’re going out with your best girlfriends instead? Either way, if you answered yes to one of these questions, this one’s for you. With February 14th right around the corner, it’s time to sort out your plans, pick the perfect outfit, and most importantly, figure out how you’re going to do your makeup—more specifically, your lipstick. After all, what better way to finish off a gorgeous makeup look than with a perfectly kissable pout? Whether you’re all about mystifying in matte lipstick or getting glam in metallic lipstick, there are plenty of options out there for you. Try one of our favorite cupid-approved lipsticks listed below—and get tips for applying lip color like a pro.
No matter your skin tone or age, we’re certain you’ll fall in L-O-V-E this Valentine’s Day—if not with your date, then with your lipstick! Try one of the below lipstick options this February 14th, then pucker up!
Pink glossy lipstick. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dewy Petal is perfect if you want to rock a glossy lip this Valentine’s Day.
Plum metallic lipstick. If you want a one-and-done approach to a shimmering lip and are interested in trying the vampy lip trend this winter, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lips Metallic in Smoldering Eclipse.
Fuchsia matte lipstick. Add a pop of bright color to your lips this Valentine’s Day with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte Mandate.
Nude liquid lipstick. For a celebrity-inspired pout, wear a nude liquid lipstick, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Nudist.
Classic red lipstick. If you’re not sure how to do your makeup on Valentine’s Day, a red lip is always a safe bet. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in DIY Red. (Here’s Our Best Red Lipstick for Every Skin Tone.)
Now that you have a better sense of what lip color you’d like to wear on Valentine’s Day, it’s time to turn your attention to lipstick application. For a perfectly kissable pout, follow our step-by-step guide to lipstick application below.
Exfoliate like a pro. Before even picking up your lipstick, buff away any dead skin that may be on the surface of your lips. After all, there’s nothing like flakes and dryness to wreck a flawlessly smooth pout. To get the job done, massage one of the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Face Scrub onto dry lips, then massage the face scrub onto your lips with wet fingers. Once you’re done, rinse and pat dry before moving on to the next step.
Apply lip balm. After exfoliating, swipe on your favorite lip balm to help moisturize your lips. Toss it in your purse in case you want to use it again mid-day!
Use a lip primer. Next up, apply a lip primer to help create a smooth canvas for your lipstick. Primer can also help ensure your lipstick wears evenly throughout the day.
Line your lips with lip liner. If you want to fake the appearance of a fuller-looking pout, reach for lip liner. Draw an ‘X’ on your top lip to define your cupid’s bow with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lip Liner or L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner. Choose a shade that closely matches your lipstick choice.
Blot, don’t swipe your lips. Before you go and rub excess color off, just blot instead. When you rub your lips, you can disrupt your well-manicured lip look. Pat them instead to help keep everything in place.
And there you have it. Now you see that taking your lips to the next level is easy. Go ahead and have fun with your makeup! And Happy Valentine’s Day!
Next up: 4 Lip Hacks for a Pretty Valentine’s Day Pout.