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Just because you happen to have romantic plans on an evening that happens to be Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you need to go all-out on the pink-and-red makeup front. In fact, we think it’s more fun to liberate ourselves from the Hallmark palette. After all, why smell like roses when you can smell like lavender? Why do a classic black cat-eye when there’s a shimmery blue liner at hand? We see no reason to limit our looks to a predetermined theme.

 Keep Lips Kissable

Ditch the intimidating red lipstick and aim for soft, natural-looking lips. “Choose a soft pink or berry hue no more than two shades darker than your lip color,” says makeup artist Neil Scibelli. A creamy formulation, like Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in 14 ($5.50, drugstores), helps lips look fuller, too.

Jurlique Love Balm, $6.50, available atSephora.

Create a Glow

For a lit-from-within radiance, apply a liquid highlighter under your foundation. “The combo lets just enough shimmer through for a natural-looking glow,” says Cory Bishop, Temptu makeup artist. We like the dual-purpose Tarte Maracuja Blush & Glow Brightening Luminizer and Cheek Tint in Candlelight.

Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop, $21, available at Clinique.

Photos: Reuters, Shutterstock, Sephora

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