Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine's Day having dinner with your S.O., grabbing drinks with your crew, or boldly seeing that match from Tinder for the second time, putting some extra oomph into your beauty routine just feels right. Our advice? Lock down a long-wear lipstick, then experiment with your hair.
For hairstyle inspiration that feels fresh, not fussy — let's not forget most of us will be heading out straight from work — we're sharing the looks that our editors will be trying. Click ahead for chic accessories, practical braids, and the shiniest blowouts you've ever seen, all of which are perfect no matter what your plans are this Friday night.
"One of my resolutions this year is to experiment with hair accessories
. So, in keeping up with my goals, I plan on stacking pins along my hairline for Valentine's Day — which me and my boyfriend are happily celebrating two days late to avoid cramped restaurants. Not only will this style keep my hair out of my face, but it'll also be a fun look that will inspire me to keep experimenting." — Thatiana Diaz, Senior Beauty Writer
"Never in my life have I seen such a shiny, luxurious blowout. Usually I tend to keep my beach waves soft and messy, but this is inspiring me to double down on the shine spray and go full-on glam for a night. Also, if anyone knows her colorist, hit me up." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director
"Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, which means nobody has time for fussy styles before leaving the office. I'll take a page out of Kerry Washington's book and keep a statement clip
handy to pin into my hair at my desk." — Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer
“Kate Bosworth at this year’s Golden Globes is my Valentine's Day pipe dream. From the polished twist braid (somehow chicer with two strands as opposed to three) to the backless Prabal Gurung gown, the whole thing is like an IRL pink-heart emoji.” — Megan Decker, Beauty Writer
"Wearing a tried-and-true dress from the back of your closet is more fun when updated with a chic accessory. For Valentine's Day, I'm planning on wearing this trendy headband
from celeb stylist Scott King
's collab with L.A. cool-girl accessory brand Petit Moments. Plus, it instantly elevates smooth waves, which I'll likely create with hot rollers
and shine spray
." — Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor
"My boyfriend and I will not be going out on Valentine’s Day proper (he avoids overcrowded restaurants; I avoid going anywhere after work on a Friday) but, should we decide to make a weekend thing out of it beyond a nice dinner at home, this is the hair look I’ve got in mind. A sleek, shiny blowout
with a center part and plenty of movement is in my very limited lexicon of looks I can recreate at home, and since I usually wear my hair wavy, it’s different enough that my domestic partner of five years will probably notice!" — Rachel Krause, Deputy Beauty Director