Contrary to the belief that matching your lip color to your blush will end up in disaster, choosing similar hues is key to looking flawless. So whether you're planning for an all-out romantic rendezvous or keeping things low-key this year on February 14, try any one of these blush and lip color pairings for a show-stopping look.
Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Gingersnap, Bite Beauty ($26). Sephora, multiple locations; Luminizing Satin Face Color in Starfish, Shiseido ($30). Nordstrom, Domain Northside, 512-605-4900
This year, add a hint of sun-kissed glow to your overall complexion by pairing Toronto-based Bite Beauty's amuse bouche lip in gingersnap with Shisheido's coral blush in starfish—he won't be able to keep his eyes off you all night.
Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Pink Pout, Laura Mercier ($28). Neiman Marcus, The Domain, 512-719-1200; Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love is the Drug, Charlotte Tilbury ($40). net-a-porter.com
Accentuate your cheeks and lips with flushes of pink for a flirty look. To get the finish, combine Laura Mercier's pink pout with Charlotte Tilbury's dual blush compact for double the dose of color—without overwhelming the rest of your features.
Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Collection in Wood on Fire, Yves Saint Laurent ($37). Sephora, multiple locations; Brightening Brick in Cranberry, Bobbi Brown ($48). Neiman Marcus, The Domain, 512-719-1200
There's a reason why red is a classic, fail-proof option when you're looking for a sexy look that doesn't feel overdone. This year, reach for Yves Saint Laurent's matte-finish red lipstick that features brown undertones, and Bobbi Brown's blush palette featuring shimmery metallics in warm nudes, pinks, and brown-tinged reds for a gorgeous combination.
If you're hoping to achieve the "no makeup" look, grab your nudes and pinks for a winning combination. Apply a few layers of Smith & Cult's romantic lip stain in a muted nude, and brush on one or two layers of La Prairie's cream blush for a barely-there, sophisticated finish.
Plum Lipstick in Cyber, MAC Cosmetics ($17). Nordstorm, Domain Northside, 512-605-4900; Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandesce, Hourglass ($38). bluemercury.com
More adventurous ladies looking to make a statement should check out MAC Cosmetics' plum lipstick in a cool shade of purple. Couple that with an equally cool-toned blush from Hourglass for stunning results that will guarantee you'll have your date's attention all evening.
Pack a citrusy punch by applying By Terry's creamy lip balm in a rich orange hue. Then, choose any one of the four blush shades in Givenchy's Le Prisme blush palette—starting from light to dark—for a complementary shade.