Saturday February 11, 2012 08:10

A Single Girls Guide to Surviving Valentines Day

Posted by Markus_Bitch

 

Do you find yourself unattached this February 14? You’re in good company with celebrities like Ashley Greene. This year, make Valentine’s Day all about you. Sound counterintuitive? Don’t worry, we’ve got expert advice to help make our case. Whether you’re going out on the town or having a girls’ night in, you may just find yourself starting a new tradition.
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Go Out!

According to Dr. Helen Fisher, who works with Match.com, there are 96 million single people in the U.S. So, get out there; don’t stay home! Want to feel like your most confident self? “Do flirty gestures like swishing your hair, don’t slouch and smile,” says Dr. Fisher. “When you smile, people naturally mimic you, which triggers a release of dopamine (the feel-good hormone) in the brain.”

 


Having Trouble Getting Going?

It may be a couple’s holiday, but bars are packed with other singles hoping to meet someone on the day of love. To get yourself out the door, Dr. Fisher suggests creating a feel-good saying to repeat to yourself that starts with “I love being myself with…” and then completing the sentence with something about yourself you love. Men are attracted to self-confident women. Make yourself feel even sexier by buying a new red lipstick, like Kendall Jenner!

 


Girls’ Night Out

Live it up like Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift! Want to increase your odds of meeting someone? “When you go out with your girlfriends, it’s less likely you’ll meet someone when you’re in a big group of women. It’s very intimidating to guys; if you really want to meet somebody go out with one girlfriend, or just a couple,” Susan and Jennifer from ZGoddess.com advise.

 


Hook Him Hair

Want to look sexy, fierce and be the center of attention wherever you go? Celebrity stylist Ted Gibson says to go for long hair a la Kim Kardashian, or a high-volume hairstyle. “If your hair doesn’t have any length or volume, go for clip-in extensions that can give your hair the sex appeal you’ve been looking for.”

 


Stay Bigger & Sexier For Longer

“Always have a travel sized hairspray in your bag for touchups to ensure your hair doesn’t lose its luster throughout the night,” Ted Gibson says. “Half up half down is perfect for the night. This style gets hair out of your face and still looks romantic and sexy.”

 


Put Your Best Face Forward

According to Mally Roncal of Mally Beauty, you can’t go wrong with a seductive smoky eye like the makeup Angelina Jolie wore to the SAG Awards. After all, “What man can resist a girl with come-hither eye makeup?” Remember to always use a shadow base to make sure everything stays where you put it. Using a thick eyeshadow stick is the secret to an easy, but still sexy smoky eye.

 


Switch Up Your Smoky Eye

Mally Roncal suggests using a shimmery plum for your Valentine’s Day smoky eye, like Carey Mulligan. Draw the plum shadow stick along your lash lines, then blend it just past the crease with your finger. Line your roots again and carefully smudge the line around your lower lashes. Use a black waterproof pencil on the bottom inner rim of the eye, and finish it off with a volumizing mascara.

 


Morning-After Makeup

If your hot hairstyle and sultry eye makeup snared you a guest spot in someone else’s bed for the night, be prepared for the trip home. Last night’s eyeliner probably looks more crusty than cute the next day. “My Evercolor Shadow Sticks won’t take up a lot of room in your purse and you can use them to blend together any leftover eye make-up in the AM,” Mally Roncal advises. Put on another coat of mascara and some concealer and you’ll be good to go.

 


How To Make It Last

Say you meet a hot guy while out on Valentine’s Day but worry that it won’t last because of the high-pressure, overly-romanticized day on which the two of you met. Susan and Jennifer from ZGoddess have the following advice: “When it goes up really fast, it can go down really fast, so pace yourself. Think of it this way: You went out and met somebody on a night when you weren’t supposed to. So you can apply that to another night.”

 


Create A Zen Den

Feel like having a calm night in this V-Day? Zen and spa guru Ole Henrikson suggests turning your bathroom into an at-home spa. “Soft music, aromatic candles and a single rose in a pretty vase, will set the tone for a distinct experience. This type of setting allows for complete relaxation and de-stressing.” Even if you’re going out, take a few moments to zen out first!

 


Indulge Yourself

Maximize your pampering with Ole Henrikson’s at-home skin inhalation therapy: “Start by filling your bathroom sink 1/3 of the way with warm water and add 15 drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil. Drench a terry face cloth and place it on your face for approximately 30 seconds, repeating five times. This will mimic the steaming process during a spa facial.”

 

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