We know: Not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day. But regardless of whether you think Feb. 14 is just a “Hallmark holiday,” a night to stay home with a rom-com and a pint of ice cream, or an occasion to spend with a special someone, it’s a great opportunity to contemplate love, in all of its incarnations. In this month’s Beauty Beat, Jmore beauty expert Ariel Lewis shares products and techniques that enhance our most lovable features.
Get kissable lips
Whether you’re kissing your partner, your mother, a friend or a pet, take care of those lovely lips! Cold, dry winter weather can leave them chapped and irritated. Regular exfoliating will keep lips soft and supple and will also make lipstick last longer.
Try: El Solutions Lip Refine or Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Perfect for flirty everyday looks, these lip treatments will also moisturize.
Or, for a bolder lipstick that’s full of jojoba seed and castor oils, Try: Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche Lipsticks in Pink Salt and Gazpacho
Banish dark under-eye circles
This time of year can be especially hard on the thin skin around your eyes, leading to dryness, dark circles, and wrinkles. Use a lightweight concealer to keep looking fresh.
Try: Bobbi Brown’s Retouching Wand
Work those Pheromones
Want sensual scented skin that glows even in the dead of winter? Switch from your ho-hum body lotion to a naturally fragranced body oil.
Try: Nars Monoi Body Glow II
Made from natural Tahitian tiare flowers macerated in coconut extract, this product has a subtle, sexy scent that infuses the skin with nutrients without synthetic additives.
Think highlighter is just for summer? Think again. Highlighter can make pale winter skin look dewy and youthful even on the dreariest winter day. To apply: lightly brush highlighter along the cheekbones, nose bridge, cupids bow and the tip of your nose.
Try: Laura Mercier’s Face Illuminator Powder