I have a prediction for 2021 that I'm absolutely certain will come true: February 14, or Valentine's Day, a holiday predicated on physical closeness and proximity, will look a lot different this year. But a cheeky wink about that prediction is that some parts of it will stay very much the same. It will still be fun to get a Valentine's Day-themed manicure. It will still be fun to re-up your lingerie drawer with racy (non) essentials. And putting on Valentine's Day makeup? Yep. That still hits. Because if you (or your partner) appreciate a good beauty look, no doubt you'll appreciate it just as much from the comfort of your own home. And saying this now for the fans in the back: You do not need a partner to enjoy and embrace Valentine's Day—pandemic or otherwise.
But rather than dig into your regular old makeup bag with your tried-and-true techniques, only to walk away from the mirror with your same ol' look, why not hop onto YouTube and pick up a few new skills? Whether you're after lush and luscious lips, smoldering eye shadow, or lashes for days/weeks/months/years, we've rounded up Valentine's Day makeup tutorials that are first and foremost gorgeous (and also relatively simple to follow). The key with all of this is to do a test run before the big reveal. So dust off your makeup brushes, check your Wi-Fi signal, and get ready to serve some serious Valentine's face.