Should You DIY or Go to a Beauty Professional on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is usually met with heartfelt wishes of adoration, or by the knowledge that you should have just stayed home in bed.

If you're one of the people celebrating this year, perhaps you're feeling a yen for stepping up your game for this V-Day: maybe you've got a special someone you're trying to impress, or maybe you're just doing it for you!

Whatever the reason, you could always do it yourself, applying makeup and doing your hair at home, or you could spend a little money, splurging on a professional. How do you know what's the best course of action without breaking the bank?

How are you with makeup? Let's start with your cheeks. You should be able to highlight the apples of your cheeks with a hint of blush, but not so much that you look like you spent all afternoon in the hot sun.

If you're trying to amp up your look, you'll want to use a brighter red or pink cream blush, followed by an identical powder. A makeup professional will be able to make sure that you don't look like Bozo the Clown, but if you feel confident that you can handle your cheeks, then let's move on to step two

Your eyes are perhaps at the center of the most difficult part of the makeup process. Unless you have some practice with shadow, eyeliner, and a mascara wand, you may avoid doing your eyes all together.

That's a real shame, because bringing out your eyes and making them as striking as you can will give you that sexy, untamed look you're seeking this Valentine's Day.

If you feel confident in the way that you can give yourself a smoky eye or utilize shade to bring out the colors that are already there in your eyes, then feel free to do it yourself.

If, however, you are worried that your eyelashes will look clumpy, your mascara will run, or you'll jab yourself in the eye, this might be the time to consider a beauty parlor.

Are you confident that you can do your hair to the best of your abilities? Get a head start by utilizing a shampoo that will strengthen your hair and finish with a nice creamy conditioner. Perhaps you want to rock a new color this year.

These are all options you can do for yourself, though you shouldn't skimp on the box of dye ... you get what you pay for, remember, and sometimes the only option is to dye it black or shave it off.

Your ensemble is the last part of your process, and this is something you can definitely do by yourself. Avoid feeling as if you've been shopping for prom dresses by choosing a dress that's frisky but classy at the same time.

Black is classic, and you can always spruce it up by adding a dash of color; say, a bright pair of dangly earrings, or an animal print scarf.

Depending on your level of confidence and makeup proficiency, you can pull off a new look without resorting to a beauty professional ... but it's something you might consider, especially if you have some money to burn.

(Guest Post by Carol Montrose)

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