Whether you are celebrating Valentine's Day with a partner, enjoying a ‘Galentines’ with friends or even using the 14th of February as an entire day to treat yourself, it's the perfect excuse to dress up and feel special. Valentines make-up can be fun, flirty, bold…whatever you want it to be, but it is always important to start with a flawless base.
Prepping your skin is a long and luxurious activity, the more time you spend the better you will look and feel, so enjoy it. A hydrating sheet mask is a reliable way to ensure soft and supple skin before you apply any make-up. The Dr Jart Cryro Rubber Mask (£10) lowers the temperature of the skin to ensure the hyaluronic acid and other powerful ingredients are easily absorbed. Alternatively, the Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Masks, at a mere £3 provide bouncy, refreshed skin in just 15 minutes.
So now your skin is perfectly plumped, it’s time to prime. A primer that gives a ‘lit from within look’ will truly ensure all eyes will be on your glowing skin. The ICONIC London Prep-Set-Glow (£22) comes in two luminous shades for a subtle skin shimmer. Better yet, it is enriched with cucumber and chamomile extracts for a soothing and comfortable base.
Next up, a product you may not have considered yet but definitely won’t forget from now on; Lash primer. Is there anything better than softly curled, fluttery eyelashes? We think not. Applying a lash primer is the perfect way to condition and prep your lashes so that your mascara delivers fuller, longer-lasting results. The Clinique Lash Building Primer (£16) is one of the best, and an excellent investment for Valentines and beyond.
Finally, the lips! It is always fun to play around with a bold red or pink lip for a Valentines look. Even if you intend to stick with only a trusty slick of neutral gloss, your lips need to be prepped. Winter can cause dry and cracked lips and lip oil is the perfect solution. The Charlotte Tilbury Magic Lip Oil (£28) conditions and deeply nourishes, for soft and smooth lips. For best results, apply as a lip mask over night and wake up truly kissable!
By Sophie Easton