Here’s a few reasons why I love Valentine’s Day: discount chocolate, heart shaped baked goods, restaurant specials, and the excuse to wear pink in the middle of winter (but yes, most of the reasons are chocolate-based!). No matter popular opinion on Valentine’s Day, I’m always looking forward to celebrating with pink and red during a very non-celebratory (read: frigid) Northeast winter. With the arrival of Valentine’s Day, I’ve been excitedly debating what lipstick shade to sport for the day and our evening date. New York always celebrates Valentine’s Day with beautiful bouquets of flowers and gorgeous outfits all around - plus, everyone just seems in a little better mood which means a lot for the City.
My favorite date lipsticks make me feel confident, beautiful, daring, and cute (and happy that I get to play with lipstick!). My top four picks represent a variety of shades, depending on your mood, and different finishes, depending on your whimsy.
Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Marshmallow Bunny is a creamy lipstick with great pigmentation, slightly alluring gloss, and the most delicious of scents. Marshmallow Bunny is a peachy pale, pink nude that would pair perfectly with a sultry, smokey eye makeup look.
Mac Candy Yum Yum, a notorious color in the makeup world, is a bright, cool toned, fluorescent pink. Candy Yum Yum looks absolutely gorgeous on brunettes (ahem!) and pretty much on anyone with a bit of attitude. This matte Mac lipstick leave a strong stain which, considering all the delicious Valentine’s day treats, could come in handy.
Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet is what put Lime Crime on the beauty map, and let me just say, this shade and formula is amazing (Lime Crime currently sells at Urban Outfitters). This Velvetine is the longest lasting liquid lipstick and has the most matte finish - the Red Velvet shade is ‘literally’ that Snow White blue-red that will transport you into the fairytale, princess beauty realm.
Mac Diva, the perfect mix of burgundy red and muted plum, is the sultry, sexy color pick of the bunch. Mac Diva is an elegant shade that will give off just the right amount of mystery in a candle-lit date.
With Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with any red or pink lipstick - just think of all the options! Let me know your favorite Valentine’s Day lipstick, and go forth and celebrate, relax, and wear happy colors (bonus points if chocolate is involved). xoxo.
Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.