Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and there’s a mad scramble to look just… you know… perfect. Such quests for the ultimate romantic flush is hardly predicated on whether said Beauty is spoken for; it’s really about looking one’s absolute best. From ‘barely there’ to full-on, the latest beauty offerings promise to get the job done with little to no effort.
NARS begins the season with a ‘one drop’ foundation formula that embodies the phrase ‘a little goes a long way.’ The new All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation goes beyond basic coverage. Best applied with fingers, this foundation blends quickly and sets nearly instantly to a matte finish. It also diffuses light and minimizes imperfections. It is absolutely possible to overdo it with this foundation. To avoid a mask-like finish, start small and build accordingly.
Laneige BB Cushion offers a decidedly lighter touch, with a semi sheer formula that does more to perfect skin than cover it. The result is a luminous (not greasy) finish that looks like your skin on its best day. Each box contains a full compact and a refill, so it’s a bit like getting double the product for a single price. The included sponge is highly effective at dispensing and blending this cream, but we recommend frequent cleanings between uses.
Too Faced really wants you to find your Soul Mate, and hopes their new blush will help you get the job done. The Soul Mates blush/bronzer combo deposits just enough color to give you a warm flush. Named for famous TV couples Ross & Rachel (Friends) and Carrie & Big (Sex In The City), the blushes feature different ‘heart centers’ for a flush that fits just about everyone. The center color is also big enough to use alone, so it’s nearly two products in one.
If you’re looking for more buildable color, YSL may have the answer in the Babydoll Kiss & Blush. Each color can be applied, then reapplied for a deeper hue. We’re particularly fond of Rouge Libertine. The bold red can be sheered out for a gorgeous flush, or packed on for a powerful dose of color.
Pucker up to roses, just in time for the lover’s holiday. Fresh released a punched-up version of its Rose Lip Treatment, featuring rose oil. The blend boasts a new scent and taste, and promises a bigger color payoff than its sheer pink predecessor.
Maybe sheer color isn’t your thing. Not to worry: Dose Of Color is here to help. The line features bold lipsticks, cremes, and glosses in opaque attention-getting formulas. We’re head over heels for the Matte Lipsticks in Kiss of Fire and Pinky Promise, which go on strong and wear comfortably through dinner, drinks, and lots and lots of Valentine’s Day kisses.