Beauties want to look their best on Valentine's Day. So where to begin? We share five tips with our readers to help boost confidence for an evening full of love and loveliness.
Pack that pout with color
A bold red lip is nothing to fear, especially when you keep these application tips in mind:
1. Exfoliate those weathered, winter lips with a natural homemade remedy of brown sugar and honey, then apply a lip balm to layer your lips with a hydrating coat.
2. Use a red colored pencil to create a wall for your pout, and make sure it fits your lip hue of choice.
3. For a bright, satiny finish, try Chanel’s Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Color, $34, in Gabrielle or Destinee. This lipstick provides a plump dose of moisture to your pout - to give your lips more mileage as the night goes on. Other suggestions: Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge Lip Color, $48; Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet, $24, Nordstrom.
4. And a note for those who plan on smooching: Use a setting powder to blot your lips so the shade stays put.
Shimmer all over
Exfoliate with a body polish - or in plain terms, a scrub that's mixed with essential body oils to slough off dead skin cells and abrasions. Try a homemade mix with the following ingredients: A body oil of choice (baby oil, coconut oil), cane sugar or Epsom salt, and essential oil (a few drops will do). Use a body mitt and voila! Silky, touchable skin for Valentine's Day.
For those with access to a bigger budget, we recommend unwinding and relaxing with a professional body treatment that will leave your skin feeling clean, conditioned and prepped. We like the Sea Salt scrub at Body Restoration Spa (1611 Walnut St). A 60 minute full body scrub will set you back $80, but the concoction of marine and essential oils are well worth it.
Once you've polished your skin, apply this bronze cream developed by Hollywood makeup artist Scott Barnes. It's a celebrity secret weapon for red carpet regulars like Jennifer Lopez, and completely transforms your skin tone for a fierce and flawless overall look. Scott Barnes Body Bling Moisturizing Lotion, $42, only available online.
Bat your enticingly long lashes
Makeup artist Pat McGrath used this toothbrush-inspired mascara on his models before they hit the runway, and Dior decided to run with the concept. The mascara is now one of the most popular products offered by Dior, and a must-have item in the purses of beauty experts worldwide. Dior “Diorshow” Mascara, $25, Macy's (1300 Market St.)
For the more adventurous, it’s hard to find a set of falsies that don’t scream “cheap” in the realm of adhesives. This gem of a product from Shu Uemura, however, actually provides a natural, voluminous look. The farfallina falsies are triple layered with brown and black hues, matched at different levels so it gives your lashes a boost without a faux bust. Shu Uemura, Farfallina false eyelashes, $29, Bloomingdales (King of Prussia Mall, W. Dekalb Pike) or online at shuuemura.com.
Give your cheeks a nice glow
Want a hint of color for a natural-looking flush? Apply a pretty pink to your cheeks to bring some color to your pallid winter complexions. We like NARS products in Orgasm, Liberte, Outlaw or Deep Throat, $28, Sephora (1714 Chestnut St.), and this Yves Saint Laurent Creme de Blush in Rouge Passion, $34, Neiman Marcus.
Hot hair? Do care
Give your locks voluminous body and shine by using a thickening hairspray. We recommend Tigi's Bed Head Superstar Queen For a Day spray for a big boost. Available at Beans Beauty (1733 Chestnut St). Watch a video on how to apply it, below.
If you have a larger budget, blowouts are always a good idea. Stopping into a salon before a big date can transform your look. A full list of recommendations are coming Wednesday.