In honour of Valentine's Day, may I present a brief, and hopefully useful, guide to Romance and You, or, more specifically, Romance and Your Goth Look. Whether your significant other is Goth or not, you may still wish to add some more romantic touches to your wardrobe on Valentine's Day - and yes, you can do that without exchanging your deathrocker or rivethead style for a bunch of romantigoth threads, and if pink really really isn't your thing then that's OK too.
Make-up and beauty
For a quick and easy way to add a hint of girlish femininity (why yes, this article is going to be tailored more towards the ladies. Maybe I'm being sexist, but guys don't need to look romantic as long as they are romantic...), especially if you don't usually wear blush, use a large round brush to add a soft pink blush to the apples of your cheeks (a light application will give you a soft look; or you could layer it on and balance it out with heavy eye make-up like Adora BatBrat).
We all know that toning down make-up if you're usually really extravagant is no fun at all, so don't do that; but if your lipstick tends to be green, blue or purple, for a more classically romantic look you might like to try a red (all shades from deep wine red to siren scarlet) or even *gasp* a pink. For a glamorous retro look add a flick of liquid eyeliner to give cats' eyes (with red lipstick, chocolate brown or even gold eyeshadow is usually a fairly safe bet); or for a more 'traditionally Goth' look apply a dark grey or black eyeshadow and finish with smudgy black liner for a smoky eye. Nude lips and smoky eyes are also a good daytime look for Valentine's Day.
False eyelashes are great for fluttering across the dinner table, and would work with light, Lolita-esque make-up for girlish freshness or with more dramatic reds and blacks for full-on decadence.
On Valentine's, the best hairstyles are those your significant other could run their hands through without getting stuck, which means unfortunately that the Robert Smith rats-nest is probably out. If you're a very girlie-girl, ringlets might be a nice touch; you can achieve tight ringlets by sleeping in a decent set of curlers, spend your morning tonging away with a heated curler, or simply cheat like I did and buy a hair fall that you can clip over a ponytail or bun.
For those with long hair, loose waves or soft curls create an attractive look; or for more polished elegance, twist your hair into an up-do. (Simple up-do: gather your hair at the base of your skull as though you are going to put it into a ponytail. Twist it until it begins to curl up on itself, then use a claw clip to pin it up.)
If you are going for a flirty, sweet look rather than heavily romantigoth, you could always decorate your hair with Lolita-inspired bows or heart-shaped hair clips.
Medieval-inspired dresses with long sleeves, pretty necklines and flattering bodices, usually gathered or elasticated just beneath the bust, provide an entirely different image of romance. When partnered with long, flowing hair and soft make-up, the look brings to mind a pre-Raphaelite painting.
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