Thursday, February 12th, 2009

We all know that Valentine’s Day can either be a really romantic day, loathsome day, or just yet another day for some (those who are more immune to the overwhelming amount of hearts and commercials of love!). Here are some tips, tricks, and product suggestions I’ve gathered up over the past month that I thought might be useful for those of you who are getting ready for a little lovin’ out.

First and foremost, what are you going to wear makeup-wise? I’m always a fan of the ever-classic smoky eye, but sometimes tweaking it a little really adds another layer to it–like going vintage gold and smoky brown. Or maybe you want to go full-on pink? Then, of course, there is a sultry cat eye and glam red lips sure to catch your beau’s eyes.

For those who want to go more minimalistic this year, you can get sheer, glossy lips with Philosophy’s Candy Hearts Lip Duo, which is a combination of Pink Bubbly and Angel Food Cake. If you know me, you *know* I adore these lip shines! Want a little more color? Try out Kiehl’s Lip Gloss Sets in either warm or cool.

When it comes to concealing any imperfections, think layers and patience. To help tired eyes, Liz Earle suggests, “To help tired eyes regain that sparkle, fill a basin with icy-cold water and splash over closed eyes 15 – 20 times. Your eyes will be visibly brightened and refreshed and much more likely to sparkle for that special night out!” Conceal tired eyes by using a concealer brush and a concealer color just a shade lighter than your usual shade. Depending on your preference, you may find applying concealer before or after foundation to work better for you. You’ll want to pat the concealer on, then blend out with a fluffy brush (think the 217, 222, etc.–yes, seriously!). For dewy skin, contouring, and blush application, check out this thorough tutorial.

If you’re planning to show a little skin, you may want to try adding a little Bio-Oil with your favorite bronzer to give you color and glow! (Think NARS’ Monoi Glow, but way cheaper!) And if you need to slim your figure down to fit into your favorite slinky little black dress, I fully recommend Yummie Tummie for shapewear that doesn’t make you feel like a sausage casing.

Of course, if you want to be pampered before you go out… Frederic Fekkai is offering a Valentine’s Day Package, which includes manicure, blowout, and makeup for $160 throughout the month of February at Frederic Fekkai salons. Makes me wish I lived much closer to a Frederic Fekkai salon!

What are your tips for this heart-filled holiday? What are you wearing? What are you doing for your makeup?

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19 thoughts on “Get Ready for Love this Valentine’s Day 2009!

  1. Dee

    Me and my friend are going to a Hello Kitty event at MAC on Valentines Day. And then we’re going out since we have no boyfriends.

  2. Ceci

    Ditto on the no boyfriends day on V-day. Already did the Hello Kitty shopping yesterday. However, there’s a Hello Kitty party coming up on the 20th in NYC (@ Bloomie’s on 6th Ave.) which I’m probably going to hit (b/c I love it so much ;-)). But for V-day, I’m just having dinner with girlfriends at my friend’s house then going out for drinks and dancing afterwards.

    Planning to wear: ? I don’t have a clue. All I know is that it’s going to be sexy ;-)

    Makeup plans: I’m going to rock the Hello Kitty and Creme Team stuff I bought: Def. Strayin’ and Petite Indulgence for lips. Gentle Mineralize Blush on cheeks. Nude Beach BE eyeshadow/Her Glitz (very thin line of this since it comes on strong on my eyes) on eyes with my Dr.Hauschka mascara in Aubergine.

  3. Nicole

    I’m going to spend it with my boyfriend. I have a question — is Russian Red a good color for African-American women? I am Rihanna complexion. Thanks for any help.

    What I’m wearing will depend on whether I should try this red lipstick or not.

  4. Brittany

    My boyfriend and I will be going out to Cheesecake Factory and seeing He’s Just Not that Into You. I’m going to do a pink smokey eye- bright pink with a little bit of black in the outer corner and crease. Then I’m just gonna wear a simple black skirt with a bright fuscia shirt.

  5. CeeBee

    What am I wearing? Since we’re staying in all day, a cute little nightie with satin ribbons and lace trim. It is summer here and it is too hot to wear much else! In other words, as little as possible ;-)

    What makeup will I put on? Not much, maybe a little tinted moisturizer mixed with luminzer or a little dusting of Guerlain Meteorites powder, a shimmery pastel pink or gold eye with a touch of highligher, Clinique Impossibly Glossy mascara on curled lashes, a beautiful pink blush and sheer nude lips (because i am too lazy to reapply colour constantly after kissing it all off!)

  6. I don’t know what I’m wearing or what makeup im wearing yet but I like that idea about mixing bio oil with bronzer!

  7. I’m probably going out in a cute little black dress with black stockings and some ankle heels, can’t wait!
    As for my makeup, probably a classic smokey eye with hints of gold in it

  8. Evelyn

    we’ve had to postpone valentine’s day til next week because my dear husband is on a business trip :( SO here are my plans for next week:
    wearing: either a LBD or a denim mini skirt, little heart print top and winter boots (depends whether the weather still involves large amoutns of snow and i can get away with the ski bunny look)

    makeup: either bathina (benefit) for some cute shimmer or 24K powder in my usual body mosturizer. probably a very subtle smokey eye with mulch and goldmine and that gold pigment i can never remember the name of and red red lips (hubby lurrrrves that).