Whether you buy into all that cupid business or not, if nothing else, Valentine's Day is a perfectly okay excuse to get dolled up and spend time with someone you like a lot. Still, it's nice to be prepared, so whether your sweetheart has an elaborate evening planned or you're honestly just excited to drink a lot of wine with your friends, we've got some beauty inspiration for you.
Love and beauty have a special relationship — and it's never more apparent than on Valentine's Day. What's on your V-Day agenda? Scroll down to find your corresponding look.
#1. Fancy Dinner
Got something a little more lavish on the books? Mesmerize by ensuring that your base is set right. Good skin sets the foundation for everything. We recommend SW1 Clinic's Deep Red Facial (SGD $235.40)! "The facial deeply purifies with a nurturing touch to reawaken your smooth, sexy glow. The 5-part cell-regeneration enhancement process is ideal for rejuvenation and restoring the glow in tired dull skin, as well as healing of sensitivity, irritations and acne-struck skin. I love how this facial makes my skin look so healthy!" - Noelle, Beauty Writer
Take a cue from Adriana Lima and get on your smoky eye for a sultry date-night look.
Line your upper and lower lashes with Make Up For Ever's Artist Palette Volume 1 (USD $44). Blend the color s Onyx and Celestial Earth to create a soft smokey eye look. Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with the shade Golden Beige for an eye-opening effect.
Layer on Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara (USD $23) for an extra-hypnotic effect. You are now ready to stun.
For foundation, we recommend Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation (USD $42) for the perfect, flawless coverage. This foundation uses liquid light technology to give you a radiant, bright, and completely evening-appropriate complexion. Gel-covered pigments blur any blemishes or discolouration, like an Instagram filter and ensure your look is on point all night. "A medium to full coverage foundation is pivotal for a date night look. You don't want your flaws to be emphasized and you want your complexion to look absolutely flawless! " - Carrie, Beauty Writer
As for your hair, start by curling large sections with a wide-barreled iron before brushing the waves out with your fingers. We recommend Babyliss Pros Titanium Expression Curling Tongs (SGD $80.30). With various sizes, you can create all types of glamourous curls.
#2. First Date (or Second...or Third)
In the casual dating phase, this isn't really Valentine's Day, it's just February 14 - like any other ordinary day. Still, a set of full red lip adds a festive spin without being too obvious. Red lipstick is the quintessential romantic makeup staple heck.
Worried about kiss-proof color? We vouch for Burberry's Liquid Lip Velvet in Classic Red (USD $30) for a bold, velvet finish that lasts for hours. To spruce things up a little more, achieve your full pout-ential this Valentine's Day with these lip beautification techniques! Natural fillers work to define and volumise your lips while Revitalift Lips add a line-smoothening hydration boost to your puckers. This dream duo work in synergy to give you the perfect pout.
#3. Netflix and Chill
If you're planning on a casual night in, it's all about effortless appeal—in other words, just enhancing your natural look without going remotely overboard. What is key here is an absolutely clear complexion. We recommend starting on SW1 Clinic's Lustrous Skin Program (SGD $4800) early to coddle stressed skin back to a baby soft, peachy perfection. This skin-transforming treatment shines a light on your weak and tired skin by marrying Fraxel Light and LED Red Photomodulation to boost your skin with light energy! Good bye large pores, pigmentations, and lines!
On the day itself, prep your skin with Ofra's Wanderlush moisturizer ($USD 29.95) for that glowing hydrated skin.
Next, conceal all blemishes and any dark under eye circles to look instantly refreshed. The key here is fresh, glowy skin so avoid going heavy. For this look, also avoid slapping on any foundation. "The Tarte Shape Tape (SGD $36) concealer is my holy grail, it conceals all my blemishes in one swipe. The coverage is full yet so natural. I totally get why this is the makeup staple of so many youtube gurus and makeup artists! " - Sasha, Beauty Intern
Then, highlight your face with Benefit's High Beam Liquid Highlighter (USD $26). High beam is the ultimate go-to product for strobing. Dot and blend high beam where light would naturally hit your face (the cheekbones, browbones, down your nose, and on your cupid's bow) for a beautiful, glowing complexion. "This has been my go-to highlighter since 2014. It gives me an ethereal glow without looking like a shimmery mess. Whenever I wear it, I receive compliments on how dewy my skin looks!" - Carrie, Beauty Writer
Finally, fiinish off with the most perfect muted pink-nude lip gloss we've ever seen. We recommend Too Faced's Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss in Peachy Nude (USD $19) to create the barely there, high shine effortless pout.
#4. All My Single Ladies
Two words: Have fun. A night out dancing with your friends is the perfect time to experiment with makeup, so why not opt for a funky color?
We're all about the blues lately, so give it a try yourself: After (messily) tracing your waterlines with a black pencil, smudge it some more, and then smear some of Make Up For Ever's Aqua Cream Shadow ($23) in Intense Blue on top. Finish off with several layers of mascara and you are ready to roll.