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Valentine's Day: The Morning After Makeup Kit Essentials

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For a makeout-friendly makeup freelance piece, I touched base with several makeup pros on what works for them. One artist mentioned what I like to call "The Morning After Makeup Kit."

"Whatever you're doing, wear what is comfortable for you, especially if you think your date will take you into the bedroom later," says Melissa Gibson, MAC Senior Artist. "If that's the case, less is more, and always have an emergency makeup kit in your purse."

a morning after makeup kit

Your morning after makeup kit might be a bit different from your everyday touch-up stuff, which for some could be just down to lipstick and powder. A good morning after makeup kit should provide all the tools you need for a speedy fresh face that works with that morning-after glow. Gibson recommends:

MAC Studio Moisture Tint_Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream

tinted moisturizer (or your new favourite bb cream)

Revlon PhotoReady Concealer_MAC Pro Longwear Concealer


Givenchy Le Prisme Visage Mat

a powder compact with a mirror

Covergirl Lashblast 24HR_MAC Zoom Lash


Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral_MAC Sheertone Blush in Tenderling

neutral blush

MAC Tendertone Lip Balm in Purring_Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt

sheer lipstick or gloss

Of course, you'll want to build your date-night makeup around these items so they'll be useful while you're out the night before. "This will make any necessary touchups easy, and allows you to apply a fresh face the next morning," says Gibson.

Do you have a Morning-After Makeup Kit? Is anything missing from this list? Other than this, I mean.