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Top Valentine’s Day makeup tutorials 2018

From picnics in the park to midnight movie showings, these looks will have your date looking heart-eyed in no time.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, most people get overly preoccupied about what to wear – and we don’t blame you, because the perfect outfit can be hard to find; but there’s a whole other aspect to consider. Your makeup can make or break an outfit: it can dress it up if you’re rocking casual pieces or tone it down if you’ve dressed just that little bit extra.

These tutorials are guaranteed to impress your date, last the whole day and look so good you’ll be stealing glances at your reflection.


1. Dark cherry makeup tutorial for Valentine's Day, by Carli Bybel

Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be sweet and romantic. This look by Carli Bybel has what it takes to completely dazzle on a night-time date. Whether you're going to the movies, to a bar or even just to dinner, it's got you covered.

Embrace a vampy look with darker tones, paired with a velvet dress to really knock the socks off your date. They won't know what hit them!


2. Bold Valentine's Day makeup look, by Christen Dominique

Embrace your sweeter side with this soft, romantic tutorial from Christen Dominique. Known for her easy-to-follow tutorials, Christen won't lead you astray and you'll be impressing your date in no time.

Rock this look with a floaty pink wrap dress or a whimsical maxi to really show off your softer side.


3. Smoky Valentine's Date night makeup, by Tanya Burr

If you've got plans for Valentine's Day evening and you want a look that can take you from day to night with ease, this is the tutorial for you. Tanya Burr has created a look that is sexy, adaptable and frankly capable of stopping a date in their tracks.

This look can be paired with almost any outfit for maximum effect, but we always like to go with a classic LBD.


4. Easy and affordable Valentine's Day makeup tutorial, by Melly Sanchez

This look is for the Valentine's Day princess for whom the words "too much pink" do not compute. If you're a true devotee to the day of love, this is the look you're going to want to rock – because it's the day to be totally extra.

Now this one's up to you – if you want to tone down the glam, opt for a nude dress or set. If you want to go even more extra? Well, just pile on the pink.


5. Simple Valentine's Day makeup tutorial, by Lupe Sujey Cuevas

Subtlety is key in this look by Lupe Sujey Cuevas. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be crazy – if you and your date want a night in (or you yourself want a night in), this is a look that will make you feel good and look good.

Pair this look with anything from a vivid red slip dress through to a cute set of sweats to watch Netflix in.


6. Valentine's Day makeup look, by MakeupByAzmeree

This simple look will have you looking like you just took a bite from the sweetest cherry. It's a very classic Valentine's aesthetic with pinks and reds, so you'll definitely be sticking to the romance theme.

Go for an all-white ensemble to offset the vivid nature of this look – it will tone it down slightly and make it more glam, less intense.


7. Easy and soft Valentine's Day makeup tutorial, by Tina Halada

If you're the type of person who prefers muted glam over being overtly extra, this tutorial is definitely going to be right up your alley. Tina Halada's tutorial will take you through the steps to recreate this soft glam look for your date.

This kind of look can work with any outfit, but we love the idea of pairing this with a skirt and cami combo.


8. Valentine's makeup tutorial, by Jaclyn Hill

Let's be honest: Jaclyn Hill is the queen. Every look that she does is magical so it stands to reason that you'll be in for a magical evening if you follow this tutorial. It's classic and elegant with a red lip. What's not to love?

Pair this with a black jumpsuit or classic LBD and you'll be turning heads in no time.


9. Valentine's Day makeup look, by Jordan Lipscombe

Not keen on bright red? Maybe not even feeling like going all out in a Valentine's Day theme? This look is your best bet for a tutorial that will have you looking like you're just this glam every day of your life.

Pair this with dark jeans and a silk cami for a casual, effortless glam style.


10. Sultry burnt orange, by Ginsmakeup

Valentine's Day doesn't always mean going for reds and pinks. Bet you didn't consider orange to be a viable Valentine colour! This look is still sultry and romantic without being predictable – because really, who wants to follow the crowd anyway?

Pair it with an all-black ensemble to make the colours really pop. Perfect for a sunset date.


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Stephanie Panecasio

Stephanie is a writer at finder.com.au with an enviable foundation collection, a love of all things skincare and maybe just one too many pairs of black jeans. When she's not scouring the Internet for deals and bargains, you can probably find her writing feverishly in a comfy chair.

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