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Valentine's Day: Preserve Your Glowing Skin After The Excesses Of The Weekend

On Valentine's Day, we all obviously want to be at our best for that special person. But after the excesses of the weekend – the end of a busy week, with boozy evenings, short nights and fatty meals – it is not easy to look rested with gorgeous, glowing skin. Unless you follow our tips!

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VALENTINE'S SPECIAL - HOW TO LOOK FABULOUS UNTIL DAWN!

While you feel like you have relaxed this weekend, your skin says otherwise, with a grey complexion and dull skin. This is down to your lifestyle. Your body is tired and your skin is feeling the effects. Getting your radiance back requires a more healthy way of life, quality sleep and some other little skin care tips:

#1 EXFOLIATE FOR NEW-LOOKING SKIN
On the night before Valentine's Day exfoliate, so that your skin isn't red on the big day, use a scrub with very fine grains to eliminate the dead skin and impurities accumulated over the week. By removing deposits from the pores, you will reveal more radiant skin, boost skin microcirculation and prepare you skin to receive the active ingredients in your skin care products. The result: glowing skin. 

#2 CHOOSE THE RIGHT SERUM FOR A NUTRIENT BOOST
After exfoliating, on clean, dry skin, apply a serum rich in energising, perfecting, nourishing, anti aging or anti wrinkle active ingredients. Choose the one that is best for your skin type and needs! Serums, which are twice as concentrated in active ingredients as a face cream, provide an immediate radiance boost to your skin.

#3 WAKE UP YOUR EYE AREA
When your eyes give away your lack of sleep and rid your face of its radiance, don't hesitate: it's time to treat the eye contour. Apply an eye contour product from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye to smooth out the fine, fragile skin in this area, massage eye bags in order to reduce them and relax your features.

#4 APPLY MOISTURISER TO ENHANCE THE SKIN
The skin needs to be hydrated to keep its suppleness and stay comfortable. So, apply a moisturising product and for yet more effectiveness, choose a product that has perfecting properties. This is how you can reduce micro-imperfections with a blur effect. The result: pores are smaller, lines are smoothed out and the skin is illuminated and clearer!

#5 OPT FOR RADIANCE MAKEUP
There is no need to get the big guns out to ensure rested, glowing skin on Valentine's night. Start by applying an illuminating primer that smooths out the skin and fixes your makeup for a radiant look. Then, mix your usual foundation with some highlighter for a very natural finish. Add a touch of light to the inner corner of your eyes with a light eyeshadow to make your eyes look bigger, then choose a slightly iridescent blusher to apply at the top of your cheekbones for a glowing complexion. And that's it: all you need to do for glowing skin!

VALENTINE'S SPECIAL - HOW TO LOOK FABULOUS UNTIL DAWN!
Hello, Fairy Godmother here, with advice on how to bring out and keep your inner Cinderella on Valentine's Day. Just follow these tips to looking gorgeous all night long!

A FOUNDATION THAT STAYS IN PLACE
So that your foundation and, therefore your makeup, doesn't budge, make sure your skin is squeaky clean and well-moisturised. Start with a deep cleanse: micellar water, cleansing lotion, oil, milk or gel - just make sure you choose one that suits your skin type. Follow with a face scrub to remove dead cells and instantly leave you with glowing skin. Finish your cleansing routine with a mattifying moisturiser.
Apply your foundation The idea is to use a small amount for a natural look. The more you blend it in, the longer it will last. Go for a fluid foundation suited to all skin types and, using a sponge, smoothe it across your face. Leave it to dry for a few minutes and then lightly dust on a loose powder to fix your foundation - this will prevent it from evaporating as the night goes on, leaving you with a velvety rather than shiny complexion. Finish off with a bronzing powder to contour your features.

Added tip: apply a primer that will Photoshop out any blemishes and help your makeup stick. Finally, apply a spritz of fixing mist, as this will hydrate your skin whilst keeping your makeup in place.

LONG LASTING MAKEUP
Your eyes, like your face, need to be clean and dry before applying your makeup. Begin by applying a smoothing, unifying base that will stop your eye shadow from smearing. Dust lightly with powder. Apply a powder rather than cream eye shadow, which could bleed throughout the evening. Using your fingertip or a brush, apply it to your eyelid crease, working out from the inside of your eye. To make sure your eyeliner stays put, avoid applying a thick line and opt for a fine pen or pencil so that as the night wears on, it'll melt into your lashes rather than leave you with panda eyes! Follow with several coats of a waterproof or long-lasting mascara, for a glamorous, seductive look. Apply it to the bottom of your lashes and move the wand upwards and outwards.
Lip-wise, they need to be well moisturised. Your lippy won't stick if they're dry or cracked. So, begin by gently scrubbing them to get rid of dead cells and leave them kissably smooth. Keep them moisturised, but don't apply a lip balm just before your lipstick/gloss, otherwise the pigment will bleed. And make sure you apply a long-lasting formula. Once you've applied your lipstick, don't touch it, just let it sit for a few seconds.

Added tip: you can always pick up a liquid fixer, which when applied to your eyeliner, will keep it in place for longer. You could also apply a lipstick fixer to form an invisible seal. 

A HAIRDO THAT WON'T BUDGE
To keep your locks tamed, style it when dry: if it's damp, your hairstyle will just collapse. Apply a pre-styling mousse to the top of your head and work it down your hair shafts with a round brush. Apply a hairspray to the underside as you go along. Finish off with a coat of hairspray. If using a straightener, make sure it's not too hot - the idea is to style not burn your scalp.
For a sophisticated look, try a loose chignon: straighten your hair into a pony tail and wrap it around itself to create a high or low bun. Pull out a few strands to keep it casual. Secure it in place with some hair pins and a final spritz of hairspray. Braids are another great option: French braids, crown braids, fishbone braids... whatever suits you best! Don't wash your hair before you style - clean hair won't stay in place, particularly if it's braided. If you have fine hair, you can always back-comb it to add a bit of volume.

Added tip: once you've finished, heat up a towel in the microwave, wrap it around your head and let it cool. It's THE best way to keep your fabulous do in place!

Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc.

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