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By Amy Sciaretto

Whether you’re celebrating your sixth Valentine’s Day with your longtime sweetheart, are going on a blind date with a gentleman you’ve met on an Internet dating site, are a single gal enjoying an evening out with your fellow single ladies, or are on the prowl to meet a man, how your makeup looks shouldn’t be on your mind when you’ve got more important things to attend to on February 14. Don’t sweat your make up for the most romantic day of the calendar year; focus on one feature, use long-wearing products so that re-application isn’t an issue and try products that bring out your sexiest you. Let Cupid take center stage while you look fabulous!

Vixen or Virgin? It doesn’t matter. Wear a Lippmann Collection Nail Polish!
Once you’ve put on your silkiest lingerie and spritzed your pulse points with your signature scent, make sure your sexiest finishing touch is your fingers and toes. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann has assembled a collection of green tea infused, chip-resistant polishes perfect for Valentine’s Day. Good girls should try misty, sheer pink Prelude to a Kiss or the silvered, dusty rose of Secret Love while vamps are best served by the classic, golden red My Funny Valentine or the truest red My Old Flame. Or throw caution to the wind and if you usually stick to muted shades, go all out with a merlot shade like Kiss From a Rose. Whatever the case, you and your talons will be classic, sexy and suited for romance. Available at Barney’s New York or http://www.lippmanncollection.com.

Get lips he’ll want to kiss!
He won’t be able to divert his gaze from your pout thanks to Napoleon Perdis’ enticing, not-going-anywhere Kiss Miss Lip Lacquers. They say a man is most aroused by a woman’s lips and these blindingly shiny, gooey glosses won’t budge from morning coffee through your second glass of wine, so you don’t have to worry about constant reapplication. Bitten Rouge is a sheer, rosy red that mimics “just kissed” lips and Lolita Lane is a creamy glaze. He’ll be tempted to kiss you all night. Just make sure to lick your lips before he comes in for a smooch so he doesn’t end up all glossed up!   Available at http://www.napole0nperdis.com or Ulta locations.

Dates are prime time for an eye shadow primer.
Urban Decay’s cult classic Eye Shadow Primer Potion has been updated with a new twist. This version is dubbed Sin and features the same celebrated, magnet-like formula; only now it comes in a sexy, champagne shade. Sin can be worn alone but when used as a primer, it adds subtle sheen to even the most matte eye look! Your shadow will stay put and it’ll have an extra dose of shimmer that’ll only be amplified by the candlelight of your romantic dinner. We can see him swooning. As if that weren’t enough, Urban Decay has also launched a new range of Cream Shadows that won’t melt away even in the steamiest moments of your Valentine’s Day (or night!) These sophisticated, crease-proof shades are at once retro and modern. The bronzy Rehab, the cotton candy Whipped or the gilded Suburbia will help him unlock the keys to your soul. He won’t be able to take his eyes off yours! Available at Sephora or http://www.urbandecay.com.

You and your make up will not be moved.
You want your foundation to be flawless for the big date night and when he comes in close for some snuggle action or a full on make out session, you can rest assured your makeup isn’t moving thanks to Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy Luminizing Face Primer. It provides a smooth canvas for your foundation or you can wear it solo for extra glow. He’ll be so enamored by your clean, beautiful skin that he’ll be looking forward to your afterglow. Available at drugstores everywhere.

Originally published February 2009
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