From smoldering lipstick to gorgeous eyes, seduce this weekend with these must-read, insider beauty tips.
Valentine’s Day is a day filled with love! It’s a day to express your adoration for those you care about and also for recognizing the love you have for yourself. So, whether you’re planning to have a candle-lit dinner with your sweetie, or spending the day with your best girlfriends, put a little extra oomph into your makeup routine so you can look and feel absolutely beautiful while you’re out spreading all that love!
1. Prep the Skin and Use a Base Coat
Exfoliate and apply a hydrating mask the night before so you wake up to smooth, dewy skin on the 14th. For a quick, all natural, DIY scrub-and-soothe recipe, click here. The first step of your makeup routine should be to apply a face primer and long-lasting foundation in order to maintain your flawless complexion all day and night.
2. Contour and Highlight
Contouring and highlighting can really enhance your look by accentuating your best features, especially at night and in darker restaurants. Check out this tutorial for some basic tips.
3. Keep Your Look Balanced
If you prefer to go with a smokey eye, pair it with a light pink lip color (avoid nude shades). If you want to wear a bright pink or red on your lips, keep your eyeshadow natural and use black liquid liner and a lot of mascara to enhance the eyes. Either look is beautiful, and if you’re looking for romance, drawing attention to your eyes and lips is a must!
4. Prep the Lips and Make the Color Last
Exfoliate and moisturize your lips prior to applying your lip color. You want those babies to look their best, which means smooth and kissable! Also, be sure to choose a long-lasting lip product, such as a stain, to maintain the color through your brunch, lunch or dinner. Applying a lighter lip pencil all over the lips before the stain can also help hold onto the color. A light gloss is the perfect finishing touch to keep your lips hydrated and looking luscious.
5. Use False Lashes With Caution
If you are new to false lashes but want to rock them on the 14th, have a professional or an experienced friend assist you. The last thing you want is for your eyelashes to start peeling off half way through your dinner, or for the adhesive to be more noticeable than your normally perfect liner. The goal with false lashes is to keep them undetectable… especially for your date who will hopefully be pretty darn close to you all night.
6. Use a Light Reflecting Powder
Apply this over the same areas that you highlight to give your skin an extra, romantic glow. Even a dimly lit restaurant won’t be able to dull your beautiful face!
7. When in Doubt, Stick With What You Know
You want your Valentine’s Day look to be soft yet glamorous, natural yet romantic. However, it’s not the day to try a cat eye using liquid liner for the first time, or to go really smokey if your normal look is more subdued. Stick to your normal routine, using techniques you’re familiar with; maybe adding an extra coat of mascara and a darker lip shade to step it up for your night out. Basically, you want to look like you, just the most beautiful version!
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