Don’t stress about how to prepare for the year’s biggest date night. Vegas Seven experts Kate and Marco, also known as Style Congress, gather their list of tips and tricks on what to wear, items to bring and how to ensure this Valentine’s date isn’t your last.
The Verdict: For Her
It’s easy to get stuck in the same beauty routine day in and day out. But what if your beauty go-to’s are standing in the way of hooking Mr. Right? With these helpful tips, you’ll be ready to turn some heads and possibly break some hearts.
1. Kiss and Tell
Although I know it’s hard to resist a vibrant lip color topped with heaps of shimmering gloss, do your man a favor and opt for a soft matte, understated shade. It will look simple, kissable and pretty. Try Burberry Beauty Lip Cover Soft Satin lipstick in Nude Rose. The formula is hydrating and produces great tone, coverage and color fidelity. Best of all, your significant other won’t be worried about going in for the kiss and coming out with a clown face. Burberry.com, $30.
2. Olfactory Elegance
Ladies, believe it or not, most men can smell. And they can detect an offensive—or even worse—cheap perfume. Here are the magic numbers you need to know: No more than three sprays for an eau de parfum, four for an eau du toilette. For fragrance success, try the classic scent Dior J’adore. It is bright and cheerful with roses, jasmine and youthful bergamot, making it a suitable—and sultry—choice for evening. Dior Cosmetics in the Palazzo, $90.
3. Best Face Forward
Remember: Concealer, foundation and powder should mask flaws, not your face. Painting on layers that will rub off on your collar and his is a date buzz-kill. For complexion perfection, stick with a lightweight foundation, remove any obvious makeup with a damp sponge, and dab concealer just over blemishes or redness. Your guy and his dry-cleaning bill will thank you. I recommend Murad Acne Treatment Concealer. It can hide even flaming-red zits and dries them up without desiccating the surrounding skin. Murad.com, $21.
4. Hair Appeal
Go for a more approachable hairstyle, like easy waves, half up, or a pretty ponytail. No man is going to be able to run his fingers through your knotted bun or twisted updo. Style it with movement as your motivation. Be sure to regularly give your mane a moisture masque, and remember it’s a desert out there. Try Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask, a deep conditioner for coarse or color-treated hair. Reliquary Spa at Hard Rock Hotel, $43.
The Verdict: For Him
Women love a well-dressed man so don’t forget to throw on a jacket and dress shoes, amp up your skin regimen and most importantly, keep those teeth pearly white.
1. Get Fitted
A first impression is everything, even more so on Valentine’s Day. Dress to impress and wear the perfect fitted jacket for the occasion. Remember a few simple components: Shoulder pads should not protrude beyond your shoulders; you should be able to easily button the jacket without straining it; and opt for a jacket with side vents for a more European and romantic look.
2. Bye-Bye Bags
Even if you choose the ego-boosting glow of a candlelit restaurant as the location for your romantic outing, it’s very hard to hide saggy, baggy eyes. Try an intense eye hydrator and collagen booster. It will help to visibly diminish fine lines, puffiness and dark circles by stimulating collagen synthesis. My pick is Beaux Yeux. LAFACELaboratories.com, $160.
3. Sans Lens
Who doesn’t love a guy in glasses? Clear-lens nonprescription eyewear as an accessory has become an easy way to quickly update your style. There are many frames from which to choose so go with a style that is both classic and novel. UrbanOutfitters.com, $14.
4. If the Shoe Fits
Leave the sneakers at home for your big date and choose a sleek and sophisticated boot. If you have a long foot, try a cap-toe. If you have a short foot, look for a narrow boot with a long pointed toe. If you are still not sure about what will look best, pick a slim black lace-up and you are good to go.
5. The Perfect Kiss
Let’s say everything on your date has gone well (so far), and now that moment has arrived for the much-anticipated kiss. Freshen up and protect your teeth, lips and tongue from coffee and tea stains, sticky margarita residue, acidic wine damage and smoking discoloration.