5 Tips To Keep Valentine’s Date Makeup Looking Gorgeous Til Sunrise

It’s only a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day.
Maybe your Valentine’s Day date will last well into the wee hours.
Maybe you will watch the sunrise together.

It sounds super romantic and lovely, but if your makeup is all smeared and worn off, or worse – looking chewed up and nasty, it

can feel like a romance buzzkill.

So how do you make your makeup last and look gorgeous until dawn?

Here are 5 tips to keep your Valentine’s makeup looking gorgeous all night long:


Prep your skin well.
Exfoliate first and get your complexion nice and smooth, then hydrate your skin so that its not parched and dry. Give yourself 10 minutes for your moisturizer to really soak in, and then use a good primer.
Try Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer


Go Easy On Your Foundation.
Less is more” should be your motto. Use foundation sparingly, keep it sheer, and only use enough to even out your complexion.
Thick foundation is unflattering anyway, but looks hideous as the evening turns into the early hours.

Don’t Over-Powder.
The more powder you add the dustier and more deathly your skin looks. 
If you are getting too glowy, opt for a good blotting powder instead. I use Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers both on myself, and on my red carpet ladies.

Tatcha Blotting Papers

Touch Up With Touche Eclat 


When the makeup under your eyes starts looking seedy your whole look crashes. YSL’s amazing Touche Eclat basically mixes a little luminzer with color correcting concealer and eye cream. So it repairs your under eye makeup, disguises the dark circles under your eyes and then pops a little light off the area, making you look fresh and bright and awake.

Change Up Your Lip Game

Julie Hewett Camellia lip Balm

That fierce red lip that looked so stunning and on point at 9pm looks vampiric after the witching hour. A huge red lip at sunrise looks like you’re trying too hard, and a chewed off red lip doesn’t exactly look invitingly kissable. (Not wearing red? The same applies to any color.)
Once the night is waning start softening your lip with a good lip balm. As your color starts to disappear use a warm, nude toned lip liner for color and top it off with Julie hewett Camellia Lip Balm to keep your lips hydrated and soft. This way you subtley transition your look and will not only look lovely but totally kissable when the sun comes up.

Christmas Red – The Best Red Lips For The Season

I am all about a bold red lip at Christmas time.

Actually, I am all about a bold red lip most of the time.


I wear Julie Hewett Rouge Noir – the perfect true red – almost every day at the moment, and it has been my go to red lip since it first came out back in the 90’s. I wonder how many tubes of it I have gone through over the years?? It’s either scary to think about, or glorious. Not sure which!

If you are shopping for a new red, or looking for a great stocking stuffer, here are my all time favorite red lipsticks. (with online shopping links)

1.MAC Ruby Woo

This has got to be one of the greatest red lipsticks ever. Period.

It has a blue base, so if you are a blue-red girl don’t even question it, just get it. It’s fabulous.

Order online here

Ruby Woo

2. This next one is my personal red lipstick  

Julie Hewett Rouge Noir.

A perfect true red lip.

Order online here

Julie Hewett Rouge Noir

3. Lime Crime Red Velvet

I’m pretty obsessed with this velvet finish, deep red lip. It’s a cult classic, and there’s nothing quite like it out there.

Order online here


4. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense M8
Another really fantastic red lip. Intensely pigmented, this one gives color with a punch, and it lasts and lasts.
Order online here


5. Not a blue-red girl? Well if you are an orange-red girl then this is a fantastic, vibrant lipstick for you.

MAC Lady Danger

Order online here

Lady Danger

6. Nars Jungle Red 

This one is a 1950s, silver screen movie star red lip. Muah.

Order online here


7. Inglot Perfect Red Lips Number 126
Order online here


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Julie Hewett Camelia Oil

I have been crazy about Julie Hewett products since she launched her Noir series of lipsticks and lip pencils,
which must have been 20 years ago by now. I’ve always thought she makes the most fabulous red lips ever (see my post from years ago about Julie Hewett Red Lips)

Julie has always talked about and used camellia oil in her products.
In fact, I learned about Camellia Oil via Julie Hewett.
And I use her Camellia Lip Balm every night.
Now I’m going to get her Camellia Oil. 
Can’t wait!