The runways at Paris Fashion Week showed a return to the perpetually pretty - just in time for Valentine's Day this month. Whether it is in your fashion or your maquillage, adorable is the theme du jour. So why the return to romance? Let's take a little look at this timely trend…and the current products that inspire a blush.
The Magic Is In the Details
As in the latest round of beautiful florals that are coming out for frockaholics - the smallest of touches is making the romantic trend a little twisted. Whether it is adding a stripe to the flowery, or mixing up the colour palette, the Spring/Summer 2012 look is not the traditional twee sweetness. Whether it is candy-pink tulle from Dolce & Gabbana paired with a leather biker jacket, or silk slips from Ralph Lauren amped with ankle boots, there is an edge - and it is easy to reflect this in your makeup.
Rock the Romantic look in D&G tulle (image courtesy of Net a Porter)
Rather than going with a bold red lip when out for the night, try a soft pink stain - but rock it out with a smudgy black eye. The just bitten look gives you a pout to die for - whilst the heavier lid draws attention to your best feature - your perfect peepers. This is a great look for a Valentine's Day date - or simply to update your Saturday-night look. Also, rather than bronzing madly, try blushing pink cheeks instead - but careful application is key here. Go overboard and you run the risk of looking more clown-like than leading lady.
Perfect products that will add some romance to your life are MeMeMe's Cheek & Lip Tint in Poppy Tint, and Eye of Horus Smokey Eye Pencil. Both are easy to use and a great addition to your style staples.
This is a great trend to take up if you are a fan of the nude look - when it comes to your makeup! There is nothing more appealing that a fresh, 'looks makeup free' face - and it is suits the season and the style. So - instead of using primer as just a 'prep', try wearing it without foundation over the top, and use a clever concealer for the less flawless parts of your face. Primer is a wonder-product; using it this way will make for a smooth, finished face - whilst still looking like you have no products on at all. Make sure you use it sparingly to avoid shine - and finish with a soft crème blush and mascara for an effortless effect. Also, try flowing locks with a serious twist - plaits and braids add detail without weighing down your hair. An asymmetrical soft braid looks lovely - and is relatively easy!
Go Naked… (Image Courtesy of beauty hill.com)
Look polished and pretty with minimal effort using Napoléon AutoPilot Primer for a flawless finish. Add some Savoir Faire Three-in-One Concealer and you have a naturally beautiful look.
A Dark Romance
Romantic doesn't have to mean prim - take the look up a notch in gothic glam. Victoriana rules - and black lace, taffeta and velvet are perennial fashion favourites for the biker princess! If you are going to take a walk on the dark side, make sure your makeup stays in control - Wednesday Addams is not a romantic role model! So concentrate on one area only - either a great dark red lip or a strong sultry eye. Less is more when you are wanting to be black-listed...
Looking for A Bad Romance… (Image Courtesy of Marie Claire)
To achieve a wonderful 'Wuthering Heights' look, use Savoir Faire Lipstick - or if you want to give him an eyeful, Eye of Horus Mascara will make him run out onto the moors after you every time...
My Funny Valentine
The ultimate in romance? A Valentine's Day proposal - and the romantic trend is definitely here in bridal beauty. Long locks, blushing cheeks and bustled gowns are back - minimalism is taking a back seat and the full-blown rose is back. Again, it is essential that your makeup fits the occasion - and your amazing outfit. And be aware - this look is definitely not for everyone! If you are a pared back princess in everyday life, chances are you will feel out of your depth in a corseted creation - so stay with what works for you - but perhaps amp it up for this dramatic day.
To The Beautiful Bride (Image Courtesy of footluxe.com)
Keep your cool at the frantic festivities with Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Spray - a perfect product for any bridal beauty; and look glowing and radiant with the aid of the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel.
So follow your heart this February with a new romance - and revel in the look that makes every woman a blushing beauty. Just make the trend your own - it's easy with the help of the happy team at bellabox. Love your life!