How To: Fake the Look of Love
It’s Wednesday night and you’re ready to get your sexy time on. Only problem is that you’re boyfriend-less and all of your usual gestures of seduction (ample cleavage, mini skirt, juicy red lips) have gotten you nowhere. Here’s a thought: They say you look your best post-sex (that’s what I’ve been told, at least), so why not fake the flush next time you hit the town?
I’m going to teach you the holy grail of pre hookup tips: How to achieve that seductive smile and natural “I just had an orgasm” glow without actually doing the deed (but hopefully setting a precursor of what’s to come ). And if you’re already attached, then use these tips next time you’re in the position to seduce. Trust me, your man will be putty in your perfectly manicured hands.
Come-hither Eyes: To get that batty lash look, keep the eyes minimal, save for a black line and loads of volumizing mascara like CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Volumizing Mascara in Very Black. Here’s the trick: Use a liquid liner to draw your line and make sure to hug the lash line. The closer you can get to your lashes, the thicker they’ll look once you’ve applied mascara. Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner practically goes on by itself. Come-hither works best with mascara prominently painted on the outer corner of your lashes. Skip the bottom lashes all together as a mound of black ink will only make your eyes appear smaller – and we’re going for a seductive, wide-eye stare.
Lips that Beg to Be Kissed: A plump and inviting pout is essential for the art of seduction. If your lips are thin or average, fake the Angelina Jolie mouth by applying a nude lipliner like Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner in Nude before glossing. I learned this fabulous way to line the pucker from a Make Up Forever artist: Start in the center of your lips and gently draw 3/4 of the way outwards (be careful not to make a dark line, we’re not going for an homage to the 1990s lipliner look here). Then draw inwards from the corners of your lips toward the center, connecting the lines. This will give the illusion of a plumper pout. Lightly feather the nude liner into the center of your lips, then apply a clear gloss – preferably one with a plumping agent like Physicians Formula Plump Potion Needle-Free Lip Plumping Cocktail – and you’ll have big, bold, shiny lips that beg to be kissed.
Nurture Your Natural Flush: Postcoital glowing skin and rosy cheeks are perhaps the most essential elements needed to conquer the look of love. Start out by applying a liquid illuminizer to areas of the face that you wish to draw attention to: Cheek bones, brow bone, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow and collar bones (quite possibly the sexiest part of a woman’s body). Burberry’s Fresh Glow is the closest thing to an orgasm in a bottle. If you’re looking for a “f*%$ me” complexion, then Fresh Glow is your new best friend.
Blush for Him: As for faking that coveted “hot damn, it’s hot in here” look, go for a pinkish cream blush that allows you to control the color intensity. Cream is essential because it gives your cheeks a natural stained look that powder is unable to provide. Kevyn Aucoin Beauty’s Creamy Glow in Liquifuchsia may seem a bit vibrant, but it actually goes on quite sheer. Feel free to layer for a deeper flush. My favorite way to apply cream blush is with a blush brush for an even more natural, airbrushed effect. And make sure to cover not only the apples of your cheeks, but up to your hairline as well – blushing isn’t contained solely to the cheek alone.
Coming up next, the “just got f*%$ed” bed head look.