5 DIY V-Day Beauty Looks That Will Get Hearts Pounding!

Just when you thought you could finally exhale after the dizzying holiday season, here comes another one…and it's loaded with more romantic clichés than a box of chocolates. That's right, whether you love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is right around the bend. But these days, February 14 isn't just for lovers. If you ask us, it's the perfect opportunity to add a little passion and panache to your beauty routine — no matter your relationship status.
So, although we adore a basic red lip or pink polish, we suggest you skip the expected this year and take your V-Day look to the next, love-fueled level. From a foxy ombre kisser to a tousled faux bob, you'll be totally smitten with these five creative and oh-so-sweet DIYs. Plus, did we mention they're super simple? Get at 'em!
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Look 1: The Faux Bob
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Prep Tip: Part hair down the center and lightly mist with a heat-protecting thermal spray. We used Kenra Thermal Styling Spray.

Step 1: Taking two-inch sections, curl the hair down, directing the iron away from the center part.

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Step 2: Once curled, lightly mist the entire head with a flexible-hold hairspray. We used Bumble & Bumble Spray de Mode.
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Step 3: Using a boar-bristle brush, gently comb the curls to create a soft, fluffy wave in the hair. Backcombing the curls with a brush or comb will create more volume around the sides of the head.

Step 4: For shine and definition, rub a few drops of argan oil between the palms and work into the ends. We used Josie Maran Argan Oil.
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Step 5: Take the longest pieces of hair and begin to roll them under toward the ear, stopping when you reach the jawline. Use bobby pins to secure this roll at the base of the neck. Continue around the entire head until the hair is pinned at shoulder length.

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Who’s that lady? Now you don’t have to break up with your long locks in order to rock a dramatically different look. Get ready for a serious love affair with this sultry style. This one’s for you, commitment phobes.
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Look 2: The Colorblock Eye
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Prep Tip: Evenly apply a neutral primer to the entire lid. This helps the shadow stay put and allows for a more vibrant pop of color. We used MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ocre.

Step 1: Using a flat brush, pack the lighter of your two colors in a thick vertical line down the center of the eye. We used the pale-pink shadow in the Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Bouthan.
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Step 2: Using the darker of your two shades, press shadow onto the inner and outer corners of the lid, extending slightly upward into the crease.
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Step 3: With a blending brush, use small circular strokes to lightly blend the edges and create a soft transition between the two colors

Pro Tip: Be careful not to overblend since this look is all about contrast!
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Step 4: Finish with a thin black liner and a few coats of mascara to drive it home. We used Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara.
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Bat those lashes! We love this pretty-in-pink look for Valentine’s Day.

Pro Tip: You can get creative with contrasting color combos for a more high-impact look.
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Look 3: The Ombré Lip!
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Step 1: Line the lips with a true red liner. We used Nars liner in Jungle Red.
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Step 2: Apply red lipstick to the perimeter of the lip. Leave the center of the lip bare. We used Sephora Collection Rouge Lipstick in Valentine.
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Step 3: Using a bright-pink hue, apply color to the inner lip. This look can be enhanced by using an even brighter color in the very center. We used Sephora Collection Rouge Lipstick in Love Test. Or, for added pop, try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Anime.
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Step 4: With a lip brush, gently blend the two colors working from the center out.
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The red lip just got an upgrade! Flaunt your perfect pout with this wearable (and easy to DIY) take on a high-fashion runway look!
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Look 4: Candy Nails
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Step 1: Apply a layer of a super-sparkly pink polish over the entire nail and allow to dry. We are obsessed with Deborah Lippmann’s Candy Shop.
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Step 2: Using clear tape, section off the tip of the nail, creating a diagonal line.
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Step 3: Apply a red polish to the un-taped tip and allow to dry. We used Essie in Really Red.

Step 4: Remove tape and apply a clear top coat over entire nail.
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Your sweet little tips will look so good, someone's gonna wanna put a ring on it!
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Look 5: Add a Flirty Floral Headpiece!

Step 1: Fall in love with this handmade hair accessory by local artist Kiersten Stevens. Don one of these delicate floral crowns and make any Valentine’s Day look instantly romantic. Even if your boo forgets to buy you flowers, you’ll be covered.
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