How to look awesome on Valentine’s Day

Shahnaz Hussain
For couples in love and hopeful singles, February is the Paris of all months. Finally, it is the time of the year when everything around you seems lovely and beautiful. It’s Valentine’s Day.
Getting ready for Valentine’s Day is a hectic task. It requires a lot of things in place. You have to think about clothes, makeup, shoes or sandals. But at the same time, we forget about the basics of healthy skin. We try things from outside rather than caring for food, sleep, and regular skincare routine accurately.
Valentine’s day is the most awaited time of the year , whether you’ve been together three months or three decades. Valentine day is the perfect opportunity for you to bond and reconnect with your partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife.
It doesn’t matter if you are going on a special date for a romantic night out, looking for one or just a walk with friends and family , It brings the biggest date night of the year and the restlessness that comes along to look one’s best on the special day.
If you can’t be with your sweetie in person this year, then you might as well send them something sweet through online store/e-commerce websites. There are a lot of Valentine’s gift packs in the market containing chocolate truffle flavours: milk chocolate, milk chocolate caramel, and dark chocolate strawberry. You may choose desi Ladoo /mithai depending on the taste of your sweetie.
Especially impressive if you live apart, a surprise gift might be the perfect way to share the love this year. Not sure what to buy? Keep it classic – paintings, art objects and flowers like roses will always be well-received and create a sense of occasion. Twinned with a scented candle, Valentine’s Day will be truly wrapped up.
Take advantage of sweater weather and escape into the wilderness, where you can relax by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate. Take a scenic hike together and enjoy all the beautiful sights and the fresh air – it’s a great way to bond while getting some much-needed time to unplug, too.
If you’ve got a new boyfriend, a hot date, or a tried-and-true love, Valentine day gives you the perfect excuse to pamper yourself to look romantic,sweet presentable, attractive with flawless looking radiant skin with youthful glow .
Water based moisture is key for glowing skin. Moisturizers provide a good base before applying any makeup. Moisturizers which are formulated with shea butter, dimethicone, ceramides. hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water help provide long-lasting hydration. Hydrate and nourish your skin every night before sleeping.
If your skin is clear, leave out the foundation during the day. Use baby powder or compact power. Pay more attention to the oily areas of the face, like the nose, forehead, and chin. Press the powder all over the face and neck, with a slightly damp sponge. This helps it to set and last longer.
If you want to use foundation at night, choose a water-based one. Add a drop of water for a lighter coverage. Before applying foundation, apply astringent lotion if your skin is oily, or moisturizing lotion for dry skin. Wait for a few minutes to allow the skin to absorb it. Next, use concealer to cover up pimples and scars, if any. Or, use two shades of foundation. One shade should be as close to your skin colour as possible. The other should be a shade lighter if the blemishes are dark. Take a little light coloured foundation and apply it directly on the pimple or pimple scar. Avoid rubbing or smearing. Pat it into the skin. Then apply your normal foundation on the face and using a moist sponge, spread it evenly, going outwards. Remember the neck too. Blending is important to achieve a smooth finish then apply tinted loose powder on top to “set” the foundation. Or, use compact powder.
Blusher comes next, or you can apply it at the end. Use powder blusher. Pink or peach blusher would suit most skin tones. Apply on the cheekbones and slightly below it. Use your finger tips to dot the area with blusher. Then, blend with the brush, outwards and slightly upwards. Apply highlighter on the cheekbones. Highlighters should not be white. Choose from ivory or pale pink. Blend well.
For the eyes, use a brown eye shadow on the eyelids. Use the same brown shadow under the lower lashes, instead of eyeliner or kaajal. Take a darker brown eye shadow and apply it on the upper lid, close to the upper lashes. The entire effect will be natural. If you want to line the eyes, use an eye pencil. Give your eyes a light touch of mascara. Make sure the lashes do not stick together. Brush them with an eyelash comb.
Wear a sunblock for outdoor events during the day, this acts as a shield and also works as a good under base for your foundation accelerating its performance.
Take proper sleep for at least eight hours during night . lack of sleep will show on your face no matter how well you fashion your appearance. . Put a drop or two of lavender oil on your pillowcase and try to relax. Sandalwood and Clary Sage are other good options.
As the last step, touch up your nails, smooth your strands, and spritz on some perfume. You’re ready to go!
(The author is an beauty expert)