7-Step Valentine's Day Beauty Prep
From Betch Wischnia, Brit+Co
One of the biggest date nights of the year is right around the corner and you know what that means: pre-date prep is in full effect. Start your prep one week before your Valentine’s Day date and you’ll be in tip-top shape and full of confidence when the night comes. Don’t wait until the night before your date to start your beauty prep countdown. Here’s your seven day beauty prep countdown routine that’ll have you looking fly on V-Day!
Day 7: Blemish-Blasting Cleanser: Start your V-Day date night prep by having flawless skin — blemishes are not cute when you’re on a date with your boo, and it’s best to proactively fight against ‘em instead of trying to heal them after they’ve made their (unwelcome) arrival. Cleanse your skin (and wash current + potential blemishes away) with a tough acne cleanser to ensure your skin is squeaky clean, smooth and even in tone.
Day 6: Face Mask: You’re already on your way to flawless, date-night-approved skin, but let’s take it a step further with a treatment for your skin. Slather on your favorite hydrating face mask (moisturized skin = glowy skin!), kick back and let it work its magic on your skin up to two times before date night — make sure to take full advantage of this “me” time because you deserve it. Put this on before you hop in the shower, making sure to let the steam work its magic on opening up your pores for an added bonus. This is also the perfect time to contemplate what you’re going to wear on the big date night!
Day 5: Whiten Your Teeth: Pearly whites are an absolute must on any date night — but especially this one — so give yourself some time to get them looking their best. There are a ton of different ways to approach whitening (whitening toothpastes, at-home kits, DIYable methods… the list goes on) so choose whichever method you’re most comfortable with about five days before your date. One of our favorite tried-and-true methods is by mixing some baking soda with a bit of water and brush, brush, brush your teeth with the paste — super simple and crazy effective (trust me!). Your mouth will be fresh and your teeth will be in tip-top shape.
Day 4: Hair Mask: Shiny, healthy, volumized hair is the name of the game on Day 4 of your Valentine’s Day date night prep countdown. Give your locks a healthy dose of serious hydration so it looks extra lush on 2/14 by applying a rich hair mask. Apply this stuff to the shaft of your hair up to two times leading up to date night. Avoid the roots of your hair and apply at the beginning of your shower and then rinse it out at the very end so it can really sink in and do work. Avoid heat tools in the days leading up to date night so your hair is extra healthy and shiny.
Day 3: Brightening Scrub: Three days before date night! Let’s use this day as a last final push to get super fresh looking skin and brighten everything up overall so you’re looking radiant and refreshed. It’s important to exfoliate with a facial scrub like before the event you’re preparing for. Apply to your skin and slough off dull skin that’s dimming your inner glow — you’ll be left with nothing but luminous goodness and super smooth, healthy skin.
Day 2: Lip Treatment (have hydration as backup): Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day and lips go hand-in-hand, so show ‘em some love right before their big night. Use a lip treatment in the form of a super nourishing balm, overnight salve or even a fun lip mask to prep your pucker. The more intense the hydration, the better. Doing this prep will also give your lips the perfect canvas for red lipstick!
Day 1: Touch Up Your Nails: It’s crunch time! Date night is here and you’re prepped, so today is all about the final, finishing touch: having chip-free nails. Spend a few minutes sprucing up your digits in the morning with a fresh coat of paint and/or a shiny top coat to make them straight up dazzle.
There you have it! Seven days and seven ways to prep and primp for date night without stressing yourself out.