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Step away from the pink: Unconventionally gorgeous makeup for V-Day (and beyond!)

 

Pretty pink makeup for Valentine's Day? How original (*eye roll*). Today, forget the pastel pink blushes, classic red lips and curly black lashes and rock something a little more revolutionary. It doesn't matter whether you want to take a stand against the V-Day mush-factor or just be even more unforgettable on a special date night—these unconventional looks are totally crush-worthy. The best part? You can pull off this cool-girl style all year round.

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    Mauve maven

    Skip the reds and pinks while still exuding romance with a buttery mauve shade.  Rock it with a brown-based smoky eye for school or don your best dramatic winged liner for a punky date-night look. 

    Love, Dolly lipstick, $21, sephora.com 

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    Gorgeous in gray

    Let's be honest: pink eyeshadow is not cute.  Okay, okay, maybe some girls can pull it off, but for the rest of us, there are super flattering neutrals like this stunning shade of gray (especially gorgeous for light-eyed girlies). Don't be afraid to try it out for both day and night looks - just take it easy on the liner to avoid the raccoon effect. 

    Gray Lace eye shadow, $13, sephora.com

     

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    Love notes

    Who needs love letters when you have nails like these? Be your own Valentine with these cute and cool press-on manis. The best part? They last for ten days, so you've be feelin' the love way past the fourteenth. (Or, for a challenge, DIY with white nail polish and a nail art pen.) 

    Salon Effects Polish Strips in Love Letter, $10,  sallyhansen.com

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    Violet vixen

    Make your eyes pop with a pretty purple mascara for a unique V-Day (or any day) look. The startling color is a little kooky but still pretty and fun, making it the perfect way to wake up your wink. 

    ck one Color Mascara in Violet, $18, ulta.com 

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    Glitzy girl 

    These gorge temporary tattoos may seem a little odd, but they're totally stunning - just ask celebs Shay Mitchell and Kim Kardashian (both huge fans). Get your glitter on with a pretty necklace or a bold bracelet. Bonus: you'll never have to worry about losing it in your locker.  

    Gold Jewelry temporary tattoos, $6, amazon.com 

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by Kimberly Uslin | 2/1/2016
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