2.11.15

love is in the air

v-day beauty looks to steal anyone's heart 

by: katy sandusky 

    This Valentine's Day we're creating beauty looks that match the things these guys love about their gal's beauty style! With the spirit of love in the air, we've taken a Valentine approach to three beauty looks: natural, glam, and avant garde. Our beauty expert, Katy Sandusky chats with two couples and a pair of friends as they watch their favorite parts of their partner's personality accentuated through cupid approved hair and makeup. 


JESSIE + BEN

Together 3 years

 

"We met during Mardi Gras when Ben offered me a ride home on his tandem bicycle. Three years later, I still laugh out loud when I think of that day. It was hands down the most creative pick up ever and it stuck! "

How Jessie describes her

current beauty style:

 

“Um- minimal. I think I have a BB cream or something like that? [laughs] I’m just not really into anything too high maintenance. also, i don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to applying makeup, so I just stick to the basics.”

What Ben loves about Jessie

(besides everything):

 

“Jessie has the most genuine spirit! Both her personality and style are really down to earth. Thankfully for me, she doesn’t ever let getting ready interfere with us going out to have a great time!”

 

How we translated that into Jessie's

Valentine's Day look:

Jessie’s look is sheer and natural with pink hues to add a special valentine's day twist! often a natural look can get dismissed as routine, but by sprinkling in some shimmer and rosy hues, katy helps her achieve an updated version of her everyday look. this natural style gets a holiday stamp of approval that's sure to make any minimalist feel beautiful for her special night out. 

[skin] primer laura mercier hydrating primer tinted moisturizer tarte medium concealer sephora bavarian cream contour powder anastasia beverly hills contour kit light to medium setting powder laura mercier translucent setting powder blush morphe blush pallet [lips] lipstick mac cosmetics a rose romance, lip oil yves st. laurent volupte

[skin] primer laura mercier hydrating primer tinted moisturizer tarte medium concealer sephora bavarian cream contour powder anastasia beverly hills contour kit light to medium setting powder laura mercier translucent setting powder blush morphe blush pallet [lips] lipstick mac cosmetics a rose romance, lip oil yves st. laurent volupte

[eyes] eyeshadow urban decay naked 3 pallet eyeliner bobbi brown gel eyeliner sepia ink mascara too faced better than sex mascara eyebrows morphe eyebrow pallet 

[eyes] eyeshadow urban decay naked 3 pallet eyeliner bobbi brown gel eyeliner sepia ink mascara too faced better than sex mascara eyebrows morphe eyebrow pallet 

makeup by: katy sandusky 


KAYLA + JERMAINE

TOGETHER 1 YEAR

“It was a modern day social media romance. A favorited tweet, a few DMs and a year later I found my soul mate and business partner! We started a long distance relationship between California and Louisiana but now we are an inseparable, creative force. ”

How Kayla describes

her current beauty style:

“Cat eye or die! But my make up style is ‘more is more’! You can never have enough setting spray and if I don’t have three different mascaras on, I feel naked! But really I just wish Elizabeth Taylor’s fashion and beauty was still the look people went for. Her look was flawless”

What Jermaine loves about Kayla

(besides everything):

“She always looks on point and takes a lot of pride in her look. She’s never afraid to experiment with cool new styles. Anything she does she looks like the baddest girl in the room. And for the record she looks better than Elizabeth Taylor”

 

How we translated that into Kayla's

Valentine's Day look

Classic, chic, and oh-so glamorous, Midori helped Kayla channel her inner vintage movie star with a perfectly placed cat eye and bold red lip. adding fake lashes instantly upgrades your look for evening and the refined cat eye allows the red lips to pop!

[skin] primer too faced primed + poreless foundation, powder, contour and blush glominerals [lips] lipstick magnolia makeup patriotic 

[skin] primer too faced primed + poreless foundation, powder, contour and blush glominerals [lips] lipstick magnolia makeup patriotic 

[eyes] eyeshadow primer too faced eyeshadow glo minerals sand pebble, water lily, orichid and mink eyeliner smash box black gel and sumatra powder lashes stardel sfdw brows smashbox sable powder

[eyes] eyeshadow primer too faced eyeshadow glo minerals sand pebble, water lily, orichid and mink eyeliner smash box black gel and sumatra powder lashes stardel sfdw brows smashbox sable powder

makeup by: midori tajiri-byrd


Dejanae + Gabriel

Friends for less than a year

 

"The creative community is small, supportive and interconnected. We met through a mutual friend and totally bonded over our love of over-the-top creative projects, and plans for our parade outfits."

How Dejanae describes her

current beauty style:

“I love Mardi Gras, so this time of year is especially fun for me! I get to wear really wild make up looks that would never fly in every day life.”

What Gabriel loves about Dejanae’s beauty style

(besides everything):

“I always have fun from the sidelines at Mardi Gras, but Dejanae’s experience is front and center!  Before most people have even decided which parades they are going to attend, she's already put effort and thought into her interpretation of each krewe's look! I think her dedication and fearlessness are fierce!”

 

How we translated that into Dejanae's

Valentine's Day Look:

This look is all about fun! Midori helps Tejanae literally interpret the meaning of this heartfelt celebration. This is a perfect look for the New Orleans gal who doesn't take the mushy holiday too seriously and is just not ready to accept that Mardi Gras is over. Who doesn't love another excuse to go all out in The Big Easy?

[skin] primer too faced primed + poreless foundation and powder glominerals [lips] lipstick magnolia makeup patriotic and vegas 

[skin] primer too faced primed + poreless foundation and powder glominerals [lips] lipstick magnolia makeup patriotic and vegas 

[eyes] eyeshadow primer smashbox eyeshadow sugar pill dolly pop, hotsy totsy, 2am, inglot and tako eyeliner sugar pill sepia ink lashes stardel sf304 + sf62

[eyes] eyeshadow primer smashbox eyeshadow sugar pill dolly pop, hotsy totsy, 2am, inglot and tako eyeliner sugar pill sepia ink lashes stardel sf304 + sf62

makeup by: midori tajiri-byrd 


Between hair, makeup, styling, and posing, it takes an army of hard working and talented individuals to create the photo magic seen in our articles (and yes, it's every bit as fun as it looks!) Take a peek behind the scenes of our Valentine's Day photo shoot, filmed by Logan Mock, in the debut of Felicity's new youtube channel, FELICITY TV!

credits:

Photography by: tricia towey

video by: Logan Mock

hair by: hans billot & gerald william