20 Valentine’s Day Makeup Ideas Worth Trying Immediately
A Margot Robbie–inspired red lip? Yes, pls.
Hot tip: You don't actually have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you're chilling with friends, scrolling through Tinder, or celebrating with your partner, there's no reason why you shouldn't play around with your Valentine's Day makeup look. Seriously, it's the best part about February 14—especially since I already did all the work for you by finding the prettiest looks of all time. Ahead, 20 celeb-inspired makeup ideas (think: Zendaya's glow and Selena Gomez's brows) that'll instantly transform your V-day look. Plus, the exact eyeshadows, lip glosses, and eyeliners you’ll need to recreate ’em (you’re welcome).
Selena Gomez's Fluffy Brows for Valentine's Day
Don't feel like going OTT with your Valentine's Day makeup? Follow Selena Gomez's lead and opt for three basics: pink lipstick, warm blush, and brushed-up brows. Pro tip: A nice spoolie brush will help you shape your arches before you go in with product.
Lucy Boynton's Spider Lashes for Valentine's Day
If you're trying to play around with your Valentine's Day makeup this year, you should def look to Lucy Boynton for inspo. This spidery lash look is a fun way to experiment with fluttery falsies and thick mascara.
Zoë Kravitz's No-Makeup Makeup for Valentine's Day
Prefer a more lowkey vibe for Valentine's Day? Yeah, take cues from Zoë Kravitz with this super-neutral look. All you'll need is a lightweight foundation, black liquid liner, and a barely there lipstick to pull it all together.
Margot Robbie’s Crimson Lips for Valentine's Day
Who says Valentine’s Day calls for soft reds and pale pinks? This year, pull a Margot Robbie and opt for something vampier, like a rich crimson lip. Pair the look with a few swipes of mascara, brushed-up brows, and soft blush.
Jasmine Tookes’ Glitter for Valentine's Day
Take note from Jasmine Tookes and swap out your go-to inner-corner highlight for reflective silver glitter. The shimmery accent will take your smokey look from sultry to ~sexy~.
Bella Hadid’s Cat Eye for Valentine's Day
Sometimes less is more. If you’re going for a laid-back vibe, use Bella Hadid’s subtle cat eye as your inspo (just make sure you have a fine-tip eyeliner on hand) for your Valentine’s Day makeup.
Zendaya’s Glowy Skin for Valentine's Day
Who doesn’t want to look like Zendaya on Valentine’s Day? The key to pulling off this glowy look lies in a combination of liquid highlighter, caramel eyeshadow, lots of black eyeliner, and a touch of lip gloss.
Kerry Washington’s Purple Liner for Valentine's Day
Kerry Washington’s purple eyeliner makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day makeup—it’s a great example of making colorful liner look grown-up AF. Add a swipe of sheer lip gloss and you’re good to go.
Vanessa Hudgens’ Glossy Lips for Valentine's Day
There’s no better combination than a classic smokey eye and a shiny, glossy lip, as shown by Vanessa Hudgens. This look might not scream “Valentine’s Day makeup,” but it’ll definitely look fire with whatever outfit you have planned.
Emily Ratajkowski’s Bronze Makeup for Valentine's Day
The most foolproof way to look put together? Stick to the same color everywhere. Emily Ratajkowski’s copper eye, metallic nude lips, and bronzed glow (not to mention gold dress) make for a 10/10 monochromatic look.
Janelle Monáe’s Neon Liner for Valentine's Day
Janelle Monáe’s neon liner adds the perfect statement to any Valentine’s Day makeup look. To keep the eyeliner soft and subtle, pair it with a little blush, pink lips, and natural brows.
Rita Ora’s Glam Makeup for Valentine's Day
Can you think of anything more V-Day worthy than pink and glitter? Combine equal parts pink eyeshadow and shimmer along your outer corner like Rita Ora for an elevated look.
Gigi Hadid’s Hot-Pink Lips for Valentine's Day
Want to take a more traditional route with your Valentine’s Day makeup? Gigi Hadid’s hot-pink lips are the perfect inspo. Follow the model’s lead and swipe on bronzer and brush up your brows.
Ciara’s Monochromatic Tones for Valentine's Day
Ciara found a way to incorporate V-Day’s signature color all over without looking like a walking candy heart. Her pink gloss, rosy flushed cheeks, and matching shimmery eyes are equal parts pretty and festive.
Rihanna’s Sage Smokey Eye for Valentine's Day
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Take it from Rihanna: A smokey eye can be any freaking color you want. Ditch the black and brown eyeshadow for Valentine’s Day and try out a metallic sage tone like the singer did.
Soo Joo Park’s Metallic Liner for Valentine's Day
Give your eyelids a break and allow your Valentine’s Day makeup to draw attention to your bottom lash line instead. Run metallic shadow under your lower lashes, then blend it out for a soft, daytime smokey look like Soo Joo Park’s.
Kendall Jenner’s Minimalist Makeup for Valentine's Day
Kendall Jenner proves that understated makeup doesn’t have to be boring and blah. Play up your lashes (you can even throw on some falsies), then swipe on a clear gloss. You can’t go wrong with this one.
Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Lips for Valentine's Day
PSA: You don’t have to stick with pink or red palettes for your Valentine’s Day makeup. Priyanka Chopra’s violet lipstick is the perfect excuse to branch out.
Emma Stone’s Peachy Makeup for Valentine's Day
Pop a soft peach blush on the apples of your cheeks and finish with a matching lipstick like Emma Stone’s. The universally flattering color (really!) will warm up your winter vibe.
Olivia Palermo’s Lashes and Liner for Valentine's Day
Run carbon black liner all the way around both lash lines and add an extra coat of mascara. Lashy, defined eyes—à la Olivia Palermo—will make for some romantic eye contact on Valentine’s Day (if that’s what you’re into).
Article written by by RUBY BUDDEMEYER and MADDIE ABERMAN for Cosmopolitan
Ruby is the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan, where she covers beauty across print and digital.
Maddie Aberman is the beauty editor at Women's Health and has been covering skincare, makeup, hair, and wellness for more than five years.