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David Jones

Date Night Prep

Preparing for a date on Valentines Day is a little like getting ready for your formal all over again. Expectations are high and you've probably bought a new dress for the big night. 

But unlike your end of year formal, don't leave your beauty prep to the last minute. The key to a good date is to feel confident and beautiful, and sometimes that means a little more than a slick of lipstick. 

To help you get gorgeous this Valentines Day, we've pulled together five beauty tips to help you prepare for date night:

1) Smell sensational

Studies show there's a direct correlation between scent and attraction so consider your perfume carefully. Approach it like your conversation with your date: intelligent and engaging yet still light and upbeat.

We recommend Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, a fresh oriental fragrance with a strong personality but still surprisingly fresh.

Shop: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

2) Fortify your skin

Put your best face forward and apply a charcoal mask which acts as an all-in-one calming, hydrating and revitalising skin treatment. Dermalogica's new Charcoal Rescue Masque contains activated charcoal derived from Japanese oak which readily absorbs pollutants and impurities from the skin's surface so your face looks dramatically brighter and radiant.

Shop: Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

3) Then deep cleanse

Follow up with a deep facial cleanse using Clarisonic's Cleansing System to ensure your skin is flawless and squeaky clean. Deep cleansing will also help prepare your skin for your special date night makeup look.

Shop: Clarisonic Mia2 Cleansing System

4) Give your body a good scrub

It's a no-brainer to shower before a date but opt for a body wash that is soothing as well as hydrating to get an all over radiant glow. We suggest Jurlique's Rose Shower Gel which foams up to soften and rebalance your body's natural oils, plus it will literally leave you smelling like roses.

Shop: Jurlique Rose Shower Gel

5) Polish your tips

Wearing a full-on red outfit for Valentines Day could be a bit naff but red lacquered nails could be just what you need to add a little touch of romance to your look. OPI has a spectrum of red hues, including the classics 'Big Apple Red,' 'The Thrill of Brazil' and 'Red Hot Rio.'

Shop: OPI Nail Polish