Valentine’s Day Beauty

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and you know what that means: it’s time to go on that special, once-a-year kind of date. You’ll want to look hot, and we’re got the beauty products you’ll need for a kissable pout, a statement lip, perfect skin and a feisty fragrance. Read on for the makeup that’ll get his heart racing.

For a pulling-out-all-the-stops date:

When you’re going out on the town with your man, why don’t you be the talk of the town with a fiery red lip? A semi-matte formula will make color pop on its own. Apply a non-shiny lip balm beforehand to hydrate lips (matte formulas can be drying) and then apply color with a lip brush for the most precise application. Keep the rest of your makeup natural to let it stand out on its own.

We like: NARS Lipstick in Jungle Red, $24,


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For a candlelit dinner:

Candlelight (and, in a pinch, dimmed lights) can be oh so flattering. Take advantage of the low lighting and play up a flawless complexion with luminizer, bronzer and bright blush.

We like: Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup, $39,

For a cozy night in:

A sheer pink tint on lips and a few layers of black mascara are all you need to look pulled together if you’re staying in. A moisturizing lip balm with some color will keep your pucker kissably soft for hours and is a low-maintenance (and high impact) way to look hot in seconds.

We like: L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm for Lips in Plush Plum, $7.99,

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For a flirty fragrance for anywhere:

No matter what you do for V-Day, a sensual scent is needed. For a woodsy amber fragrance with just a touch of floral, Sensuous by Estee Lauder is what you want for a not-too-sweet, not-too-heavy fragrance. Apply to wrists, the back of your neck and the back of your knees for the best scent distribution.

We like: Estee Lauder Sensuous Eau de Parfum, $55 for 1 oz.,