Valentine’s day makeup for deep set eyes

valentines day makeup

Happy Valentine’s day – a bit early. Do you have any plans? I don’t and by the look of Risto’s face when I mentioned him the day, I doubt I should plan on anything special. Besides, every day is Valentine’s day with him.

When I think of Valentine’s day makeup looks, I think of pink. And shimmer. And these beautiful yet subtle looks. So obviously I had to use a touch of pink in my look as well. But just a touch! Otherwise, I kept this look quite fresh, warm and glowy.

before and after makeup

Before & after.

Valentine’s Day makeup

I ended up taking lots of photos and even showing you what brushes I used. I also put together a little tutorial for working with deep set and hooded eyes. The eye look is pretty simple, but the metallic shimmery colors on the lid make it interesting. I used a new eyeshadow palette that I got sent in pr. It’s Makeup Revolution’s Kisu palette.

For my base I used NYX Total Control Drop foundation* – that is an awesome foundation, since you can decide how much coverage you want. And the consistency is so dreamy and thin. I wore my YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in the shade 41* on my lips and as my blush. I have to say I love that YSL lipstick – definitely worth the splurge! For highlight I added ‘Khaleesi’ highlight from the Kisu palette.

Brows were done with my usual recipe: mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler in Blond and jane iredale’s Brow Pencil in Ash Blonde.

yves saint laurent rouge volupte lipstick 41

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 41.

Valentine’s Day makeup tutorial for deep set eyes

valentines day makeup tutorial

  1. First I primed and set the primer with a light matte color ‘1991’. Then I contoured my eye with a nude color ‘Cookie Dough’. Then I darkened my contour with a brown ‘Cat Lady’. Below I have a picture where I explain exactly how I do this.
  2. For my lid I used beautiful metallic shimmers ‘Royal’ and ‘London’. I applied them half and half on the lid and blended the edges carefully.
  3. I also applied ‘Cookie Dough’ and a touch of ‘Cat Lady’ on my lower lashline. Then I applied ‘Royal’ there.
  4. For my inner corner highlight I used ‘Khaleesi’. Also wore that highlighting shade on my face.
  5. Liner, mascara and lashes. Done!

makeup revolution palette tutorial

Basic eyeshadow technique for deep set and hooded eyes

+ showing you what brushes I used

basic eyeshadow shape for deep set and hooded eyes

In the first photo I circled the area I want to hide and contour. That is where my brow bone/lid pushes forward, making all the rest of my lid and eye appear very deep set. If you have hooded eyes, this could also be your hood drooping on your lid. On my eyes it does droop slightly. The idea is to contour that bump with a matte shade. That way the lid appears lighter making it appear as if, well, it wasn’t that deep after all.

I also pretty often keep my eye open like in the photo, to see exactly where I want to hit that shadow. By applying it right there and making that spot the darkest, it lifts up my eye. You want to blend it well, but don’t take the shadow that much further away (to the left, in the photo), because that can make your eye look a bit sad, when the shadow makes it drop in the outer corner. You could even leave your eyeshadow like this and you get a nice lift.

But pretty often I make a straight line from there to my lash line. The line should be straight and if you’re wearing eyeshadow on your lower lashline, make sure it fits the line as well.

For this, I love to use Zoeva 225*. Since I have a lot of lid space I want to contour, I can use a fluffy brush like this. If you have smaller lid space, use something smaller. (By the way, Zoeva has awesome brushes and all my most used brushes are from them.) I connected the line in the outer corner with Sigma* E56.


eyeshadow brushes

And as for the lid colors, I used quite flat brushes. Just because flat brushes make laying on the color easier, especially with metallic shimmers like these. First one is from Coastal Scents brush set*, second is look good feel better Eye Shading brush* and the last is Sigma* E47.


valentines day makeup idea

makeup revolution kisu palette

Makeup Revolution Kisu palette

Makeup Revolution’s Kisu palette has both eyeshadows and two highlighting shades in it. I’ve been using that palette quite a lot lately and have to say I’m impressed by the quality. I love the metallic shimmery colors that go on very smoothly when applied with a finger (but also work with a flat brush). The powder highlighters are a bit too dry for my taste, but I still wore ‘Khaleesi’ on my face for this look. The colors are perfect – just what I use right now.

valentine's day makeup tutorial

This post ended up being way more throughout than I meant to do. I hope you find it useful. What do you think of the look?

Cranberry red makeup – tutorial

cranberry red makeup

I have a new obsession and it’s an eyeshadow palette. The palette is from KICKS and this look made with the palette has been my go-to lately. I love how these colors make my blue eyes pop.

There’s a mini review on the palette at the end of this post, but for now, let’s get to the step by step photos.


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cranberry red and gold eyeshadow tutorial

For this look you don’t need that many brushes. For the main colors I just used my fingers. But what you do need is some patience with the blending.

  1. First I applied a reddish shade as a base for my look. I blended it well. As it’s not a color close to my skin tone, it needs more blending than a more neutral color. I also applied it to my lower lashline and made it nice and smoky. Sometimes I start with a more neutral color before going in with the red, but I wanted to show you how it can work even without a transition color.
  2. Then I just used my fingers! I applied the cranberry shade all over the lid. Then I took the gold color and focused it on the center of my lid. I applied the gold color also to my lower lashline, right in the center.
  3. Once I had the gold on I noticed that my lower lashline needed some deepening in the outer corner. So I applied some more of that first reddish color in the outer corner. Eyeshadow is a process – it’s okay to go back in and fix things.
  4. Then I applied an inner corner highlight, lined my eyes and added mascara and lashes. I actually tried a red liner for the first time and applied it on my waterline as well. I feel like that really brought the look together.


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KICKS Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition* mini review

This limited edition palette has all the colors you need for an everyday look, but it also has these gorgeous pops of colors, which are actually wearable. The stars of the palette are definitely the colors I used here: a cranberry red color, which also has some gold in it and a pressed gold glitter color. Both of these colors are very unique and the texture in them is also something I haven’t seen that much. They are both quite metallic and they go on smoothly when applied with a finger. The gold color has more texture to it though, and if you pick it up with a brush, you can see the single glitters in it. Honestly it’s hard to describe, but that color has my heart. And the cranberry shade as well. I told you it was an obsession.

The price-quality ratio is great in this palette. The pigment is good and the colors are buildable. The packaging is simple and lightweight, so you can also travel with it. Oh – and there’s a big mirror. Honestly I’ve been quite impressed with a lot of KICKS’ products. I used to be so sad we don’t have Sephora here, but KICKS has stepped up it’s game so much I’m starting to think we don’t need one. (Just kidding, obviously I’ll take them both!)

kicks eyeshadow palette

kicks eyeshadow palette swatches

And since we’re talking about obsessions, I’m still loving that Lily Lolo base! It just looks beautiful and it lasts well on my skin. I wrote about Lily Lolo on my latest post here. If you want to see how exactly I use it, I did a video on my Instagram stories on it – as well as some other makeup videos. People are sometimes asking me for makeup videos, so there they are.

Products used for the whole look

Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation, Popcorn*
Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer (blog post here)
Jane Iredale Blush, Mystique
Lily Lolo Pressed Blush, Tickled Pink*

mad4eyebrow Natural Brow Filler, Blond
Jane Iredale Brow Pen, Blonde

KICKS Eyeshadow Palette Holiday Edition*
essence Lash Princess Mascara*
NYX Faux Blacks Pencil, Oxblood*

KICKS Lip Kit Your Lips But Better*

Lily Lolo, KICKS & Jane Iredale products I have received as pr-samples. *adlinks

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What do you think of this eye look?