Published : Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011, 10:45 AM EST
(WTNH) - You can't enjoy a romantic evening if you are still stressed from the work day. Start by lighting some candles, like Origins Ginger, Bergamot & Cardamom candle while you prep yourself. The sent of ginger will warm and relax you while cardamom energizes you.
Now that you have wound down, don't get stressed by calling around all night trying to set up dinner reservations. Instead go to your computer to Open Table.com to set up your plans at a click of a button. They have more than 15,000 restaurants available at your fingertips so you can set up your reservations in minutes.
Now that everything is in place it is time to get ready!
Prep your body by polishing it an making it smooth with LaMer Body polish with diamond dust to make it smooth. It also leaves sparkles on your skin, from the diamond dust to make your skin glow. Make skin soft and fully hydrated by following your bath with a moisturizer immediately after you just dried off to lock in moisture. Dial NutriSkin has vitamin A, C, D and E to build your moisture barrier for 24 hours. Now that your body looks it's best it's time to work on your hair.
Be sure to refreshen up your color if you need it. Using a semi-permeant color like Clairol Professional Beautiful Collection Moisturizing Color is fast and easy and will increase your shine up to 45%. It can also be used right after a chemical treatment.
Create a hairstyle that is touchable like romantic waves. You can wear them up in a messy updo, or hanging down, just be sure to not be too perfect. Use a clip less curling iron to curl hair in a different directions. This creates a more natural sexy look to your hair. Make the style last by using a light weight hold, like Sebastian Shaper hair spray. If your hair is hard to curl, spray it before you curl it then after. You can even comb your curls with your fingers for best results. Finish it with a final spritz of hair spray.
Make your makeup blend better by prepping skin with moisturizer first. Don't use a lot of face powder. Only in areas you need it so you don't look cakey and made up. For lips go with a feminine shade of pink lipstick. It will still bring attention to your mouth without using the typical red. Apply lip color with a lip brush so you don't over apply.
Since your lips are the focus, keep your eyes simple by using no eye shadow color, or a very subtle one. Make your eyes stand out by adding some individual lashes to the outer corners of the upper eye lashes. Then apply 2 coats of a thickening mascara on the upper lash and a lengthening one to the lower lash.
Clothing: Keep jewelry small and simple. You aren't trying to make a fashion statement, you want all of the attention to be on you not your clothing.
If you wear a fragrance, don't over do it. Remember, you will be up close all evening and he might be wearing one too. So try using an Estee Lauder Beautiful eau de toilette which is lighter then a perfume. Guys need to use a more crisp fragrance instead of a heavy musky one like Clinique Happy for Men.
When you are going to be up close, you don't want to look dry and flake or greasy an shiny, so get your skin in check with Himself 27 Exfoliate and Oil Control lotion. Start with the exfoliator to smooth things out. Then finish with the oil control lotion. It is especially formulated for a guy's needs. If you have a mustache be sure to apply in that area too, where flakes of dry skin can hide.
Nothing is less romantic then a dull smile, so boost the whitening effects by starting with a toothpaste like Crest 3D and follow it with 30 minutes of a whitening strip. It will remove stains quickly to make with bright.
Body builders use self tanners an bronzers to not only make their skin look great but to also make muscle definitions stand out. Use a self tanner for your body and a gel bronzer like Clinique bronzer for men, for your face.
When getting dressed, try wearing a white or tan shirt to enhance your skin tone instead of the typical black shirt.
Now that both of you look great so start the evening off right with some chocolate covered strawberries, like Shari's Berries, which is romantic like a box of chocolate but won't spoil your dinner.
Candace Corey is a professional makeup artist who has worked her magic on Dwayne Wade, Kevin Garnett, Chelsea Handler and Lady Antebellum.