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10 Sexy Valentine's Makeup Color Combinations

Feb 11 2011 - 6:00am

Valentine's Day makeup can leave you at a loss for what colors to use and how to combine them. To get you started, here are 10 gorgeous color combination ideas inspired straight from the runway. Whether your taste runs to classic crimson lips and dark eyes, you're looking for something soft and sweet, or if you want to go nontraditional, there's something here for you.

Espresso and Cerise

Cerise, a lovely cherry red-pink, is such an amazing color on lips. It looks natural but turned on, and it's a real attention grabber without being dramatic. Pair it with soft brown liner and mascara for a low-key, come-hither look like the one models wore at Madewell [1].

Java and Caramel

Two browns might not seem like a very sexy combination. However, when you use a highly pigmented burnt brown liner and a soft, creamy light brown lipstick like this look at Etro [2], the pairing makes for a stunning look.

Gunmetal and Café au Lait

Diane von Furstenberg [3] knows a thing or two about sexy, so it's no surprise that this gunmetal gray and creamy light brown combination comes from one of her shows. Overall, it looks less harsh than black and beige. It also makes your eyes and lips look larger than life.

Navy and Peach

For a fresh take on the classic black smoky eye and nude lipstick look, try navy and peach like this look from Stéphane Rolland. The blue of the shadow makes eyes look wider and brighter, and the peach creates warmth.

Plum and Rose

If you have brown or hazel eyes, plum shadow can really intensify your irises. Keep the look romantic like they did at the Cushnie et Ochs [4] show with a soft rose lipstick and minimal blush.

White and Whisper Pink

If you like your sexiness with a big dose of sweet, white and baby pink palettes, like this look from Ralph Lauren [5], are the way to go. White shadow makes your eyes look bigger and luminescent, and soft pink lip color stands out without screaming sex appeal.

Burnt Orange and Seashell Coral

Is your idea of sexy not quite complete without a little bit of cute quirk? Try this color combination from Carolina Herrera [6], then. The dark orange on eyes cancels out any tired-looking purple-ish tones, and a watercolor effect ties the look together without coming off as extreme.

Buff and Ruby

This palette from Alexandre Matthieu is perfect if you love ruby-red lips and minimal shadow. Buff-toned eye makeup contrasted against red lips has a lot of impact, all while remaining fresh and polished.

Silver and Bubble Gum

Want to look Barbie sexy? There's no better pairing than silver and bubble-gum pink for you. It's highly noticeable, even feminine, and will brighten up your whole face.

Carbon Black and Crimson

For a powerfully seductive look, try this palette from Zac Posen [7]. Rich black liner, tangerine shadow, and a crimson lip color will get you noticed.


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