V-Day is the one day of the year where it’s completely acceptable to pile on the pink, over-the-top, girly glitz and walk out the door. Let us save you from that cliche with these modern hair and makeup ideas instead.
1. vday jess alba
Jess added a playful element to her side-swept curls by incorporating a few loose braids underneath. Not only will this unique ‘do stand out in a sea of overly-curled updos this Feb. 14th, but it actually makes your hair look fuller. Oh, and her coral-y, soft-orange lip? Loving it!
Try: Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Orange, $32, SaksFifthAvenue.com
2. vday bella thorne
The quickest way to stun everyone on Valentine’s Day? With mega shine. Bella’s super-glam waves look seriously healthy thanks to their lustre and her nude lipstick looks fresh paired with a kohl-lined eye.
Try: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum, $6, Ulta.com
3. vday sofia
You can never go wrong with a sultry black cat-eye and red lip à la sofia Vergara. Que bonita!
Try: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, $24, BobbiBrown.com
4. vday vic justice
Straight-ironed strands are not only hot, but low-maintenance. Channel Victoria’s look by prepping your hair with a heat-protective spray, running sections through your flat iron, and finishing with setting spray. PS—line the inner corner of your eyes with an icy white pencil; it makes them pop more.
Try: Elizabeth Arden New York in Bloom Bold Eye Pencil, $20, ElizabethArden.com
5. vday demi
When you’re going for edgy and pretty at the same time, consider Demi’s blue ombre stands and scarlet pout. Not only is the combo unexpected, but it’s bold—which never hurts on the most romantic day of the year.
Try: Hair Color Chalk Temporary Hair Color in Caribbean Blue, $16, Beauty.com
6. vday eva mendes
Our ultimate girl crush—Eva Mendes—wrapped a bejeweled band around her chic chignon for a ladylike-meets-sultry vibe and we dig it. Keep the rest of your makeup natural and let the headpiece do all the talking.
Try: L. Erickson Studded Skinny Leather Headband, $32, amazon.com
7. vday longoria
The quickest way to go from day-to-night (when your late and running from the office to your date) is to slick your hair back into a low bun—it’s effortless, yet polished. Complete the look with a few pumps of an eyelash curler and a couple coats of mascara and you’ll be good to go!
Try: COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume Mascara in Very Black, $12, Drugstores
8. vday adriana
Listen up, ladies—we’re about to reveal our all-time best beauty tip: ditch the gloss and go straight for the stain. When making out is the only thing on the agenda, this is the way to go. Your color will keep without him complaining about the messy product getting in the way. You’re welcome.
Try: HOURGLASS Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, $28, Sephora.com