12 Date night beauty prep tips
Date night beauty is all about the preparation and making yourself accessible to being hugged, kissed and touched. Below are some valuable tips to get you ready for a romantic night with your special someone.
Prep in the shower or bath: Step into the shower and apply a moisture mask or vitamin E oil to your face. The heat of the shower will allow the extra moisturization to penetrate your skin and create a dewy, touchable face. While you are at it, apply some whitening strips to your teeth for sparkling, beautiful teeth.
Soak and de-bloat
Take an Epsom Salt bath if you feel bloated: If it's a day that you don't feel fit, or need to reduce some bloating, try an Epsom salt bath. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath and sit for 10 minutes. The Magnesium in the salt helps draw toxins and excess fluid from your body.
Create a silky smooth body: Exfoliate your skin using exfoliating gloves and a gentle scrub. The gloves will make it easy to get every nook of your body! Plus the texture of the gloves will rev up your circulation and energy. Remember to exfoliate hands and feet to get them holding-hands smooth (and mani/pedi ready).
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After exfoliating, it is a perfect time to de-fuzz your body since the dead skin cells are removed from your skin, allowing for a closer shave. Apply a moisturizing shave cream to your legs and work your way from ankle to thigh.
Follow with a scented, moisturizing body wash. Now is the time to start layering your favorite fragrance that makes you feel sexy and beautiful. Using a body wash with the same fragrance as your body crème and perfume helps create a lasting, unforgettable scent.
We recommend: Crabtree & Evelyn's Rosewater Bath & Shower Gel, $21
After your shower, apply a rich, fragranced body crème.
After showering, apply cuticle oil to your nails (hands and toes). Push back your cuticles and apply a therapeutic moisturizer to hands and feet. Finally, choose a sexy valentine red shade or a pale pink, depending on your mood and theme.
We recommend: Orly Precious Collection, $8 each at Ulta.
Next focus on romantic hair: If your hair is long, try long loose curls with a 1 inch curling iron or even a sweet side braid. The focus is touchable, easy hair- so save the harsh updos for another time. If you hair is short or a bob, try a deep side part with side swept bangs for a sophisticated, yet romantic look.
Makeup should give the look of dewy, fresh skin. Start with an illuminizing primer and follow with foundation. The illumination will shine through and give the illusion of glowing skin while the primer will create a perfect base. Follow with a pink-toned blush on the apples of your cheeks. Eyes can be extra smoky or pale and soft.
For sultry, smoky eyes, try a grey-toned palette. Start with the darkest color by your lash line and gradually lighten the shade as you move up. Follow with black eyeliner rimming your top and bottom lashes. Finish with two coats of black mascara. Another option is to keep eye makeup soft and romantic with a pale color swept across the lid and a soft brown liner on top and bottom. Follow with two coats of brown mascara.
If you are a brunette, try lightening your eyebrows 2 shades to create a soft, feminine look. If you have blond hair, your eyebrows should be 1-2 shades darker, but not too dark.
Exfoliate your lips with baking soda and a cotton swab to create a soft, smooth canvas. Follow with a red gloss, soft pink or nude gloss. Using a hydrating gloss will soften the look of colored lips, while still achieving some drama.
We recommend: Succulent Lip Twin from Pixi, $18 at Target
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Finish your date night beauty look with perfume. Using the same fragrance that matches your body wash and cream, apply to all of your pulse points- wrists, neck, behind the knees, behind the ears, and even in your décolletage. For a full body experience, you can even spray at your ankles and lightly work your way up. Just don't over do it- but a light mist will envelop your body, and not just on a couple of body parts.
Check out: How to choose the right fragrance for you >>