There seems to be a school of thought these days that pampering yourself has to have a reason, be it a birthday, long weekend, or holiday, or else it comes with a load of guilt attached. It’s kind of a bullshit excuse, because all of these are just arbitrary days. But! But, it’s understandable to want to do a little extra if these days happen to coincide with special plans. All we’re saying is, R&R is good for the soul, no matter the occasion.

All that said, this upcoming Tuesday happens to be Valentine’s Day, a day that gives you a legitimate reason to do some pampering, taken or single. Because perfect skin pairs well with a slinky slip dress, your favorite pajamas, and also nothing at all, here is the ultimate four-step routine for a ‘glowy’ evening, whatever your plans may be.

Happy V-Day!

Exfoliate

Before you get fancy with masks and serums, exfoliate to prime your skin to receive all the nutrients you’re about to slather it with. Luckily for you, we did a whole in-depth feature on the best types of at-home exfoliation for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.

Mask it out

An hour before you plan to start putting on makeup, apple Joanna Vargas’ Euphoria Sheet Mask, which comes in a handy pack of five, so you get a decent amount of bang for your buck. Each use guarantees reduced redness and inflammation, so if any stress breakouts have popped up, 20 minutes with this on will knock them out. Let the remaining juices soak in a bit before moving on…

Serum Is Your Friend

Serums are great for a lot of reasons, the main one’s being targeted results and layerability. Their almost a “choose your own adventure” version of skincare. Feeling dull and kind of blah? Massage on some Glossier Super Glow. Want to smooth over a few of those fine lines? Sounds like a job for Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil. These are two current favorites, but the options are endless.

Brighten & Tighten

Clarin’s Beauty Flash Balm will change your makeup game. When used in place of a traditional primer, your makeup looks luminous, and dare we say, flawless, (and yes, it works on all skin types, we’ve tested it exhaustively). If you’re staying, in apply all over for a 10-minute mask to ensure an extra radiant complexion on Wednesday. If you’re using as a primer, even on oily complexions, your makeup will never look melty, just glowy, even after hours of wear. Your face won’t move, no matter how, ehrm, vigorous, your activities are. Have fun!

Credits

Photography
Greyson Tarantino for Highbrow