Although the joy of makeup is that it can transform even the most mundane of Tuesdays into a special occasion, there are some calendar events that just cry out for a a special lick of paint. And where Valentine’s Day makeup is concerned, you can’t get sultrier, sexier or more darned romantic than a classic smoky eye.
If you’ve never mastered them before, make this weekend your excuse. And if you’re an old hand, try changing things up with brown, gold, navy or green. Here are some of the best in the biz to guide you.
Best for drama: Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Roll Bedroom Eyes
No wishy-washy shadow here. Charlotte Tilbury is the absolute master of the smoky eye, and her divinely feline ‘bedroom’ eyes aren’t exaggerating. Perfect for darker skintones and making best friends with your blending brush.
Best for beginners: Lisa Eldridge Classic Smoky Eye Tutorial
Straightforward, unintimidating and pleasantly messy, Lisa Eldridge delivers a great basic smoky eye for nervous rookies. It’s grey and taupe, so less scary than black, and you won’t need to faff about with tape or falsies. Smudge ‘n’ go.