Lizzy - Valentine’s Looks

The holiday has its origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which was held in mid-February. The festival celebrated the coming of spring and included fertility rites and pairing off women with men by lottery. Formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used. Valentine cards commonly depict Cupid, the Roman god of love, along with hearts, the traditional seat of emotion. Traditional gifts include flowers, particularly red roses, a symbol of beauty and love.

Red is an attention-grabbing colour and it is associated with feelings of passion, desire and love. It is known to make the blood pressure and heart rate rise- much like love does. It’s little wonder that red is the colour of Valentine’s Day. But it can be a difficult colour to wear. It needs to be the right red to work, especially on, or close to, the face. The trick is to see whether your skin tone has yellow or blue undertones. An easy way to tell is to put something gold and something silver next to the skin; a piece of jewellery is ideal. If the gold is more flattering, then the skin has warm, golden or yellow undertones and will suit an orange-red. If the silver is more flattering, then the skin has blue, cool undertones and will suit a burgundy or blue-red.

My hair and skin tones are warm; gold jewellery is more flattering than silver. Shades of red with blue tones do nothing other than make me look tired and dull. Shades of orange-red flatter and make me look alive and vibrant. The opposite will be the case for those with cool colouring.

The STEPPERS STS-40168 is the perfect introduction to red eyewear. Like all STEPPERS frames, it is lightweight and comfortable. The delicate double rim adds enough red to get noticed but not so much that it is all the beholder sees. They work beautifully with my very Valentine look, and compliment neutrals and brights alike.

I’m in love.