How To Get Over A Break-Up, Beautifully

by Lindsay Tigar

You picked out the perfect wedding topper, the cutest pair of matching bathrobes, and you scribbled his last name after your first on an old Starbucks napkin you quickly threw away. Your friends loved him, or so they said, and your (and his) mothers were practically begging the two of you to set a date before he even mentioned a proposal.

However, fate had another idea in mind and somehow, the relationship ended up before it ever had a chance to really start. The battle between your mind and your heart, the half-gallon of ice cream and your hips, and of course your fingers and the speed-dial on your Blackberry are all fights you must endure before you can finally feel comfortable looking at his Facebook profile without bursting into tears.

Regardless if your last relationship was two months, three years, or a four-day love affair, breaking up is hard to do for any gal. But just because your heart is shattered, doesn’t mean your beauty routine and ravishing good looks have to be packed up in a shoebox with his old t-shirts and those tear-jerking love letters.

To mend your pride, dignity and heart –check out these products that will help hide the pain, cover-up that red nose, conceal those puffy eyes, and place you back in the spotlight. Who knows, you may just find a new, more fabulous you (if that’s even possible!) and maybe Mr. Right, too:

Benefit’s Ohh La Lift Instant Under Eye Brightening Boost, $22, Benefit.com
After crying yourself to sleep listening to Keri Hilson’s Knock You Down on repeat, you’ll wake up and wonder why the sandman left bags under your eyes. Benefit’s little pink tube of wonder will remove those pesky circles and outrageous puffiness if applied before bed and in the morning. Try to apply the magical crème after your crying fit has ceased –it works best with lots of beauty sleep uninterrupted by tears.

L’Oreal Paris Lash Out Waterproof Mascara, $8.48, LorealParisUSA.com
Months after the wounds have healed and stomachs have stopped churning, a familiar scent on a stranger, a conversation that strikes up an old memory, or just the thought of what could have been can cause your eyes to well up with tears. While it’s uncontrollable, you can prevent a black river from running down your face by using L’Oreal’s Lash Out Waterproof Mascara. It first makes your lashes big and bountiful, but if you happen to get wet (for whatever reason) the stain will stay put on your lashes and not flood onto your cheeks.

Pond’s Wet Cleansing Micro-dermabrasion Towelettes in Cucumber, $6.49, Ponds.com
When going through a break up, sometimes all you want to do is wash your face, your memory, and your soul clear of all of the mess, baggage, and ache. And while a complete cleansing is next to impossible, getting that refreshed feeling after a long day can be yours with Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes. One wash in the cucumber scent and your skin will be left feeling soft, reenergized, and ready to face tomorrow, especially as you watch the grime of yesterday swirl down the drain.

Revlon Frost & Glow Highlight Kit, $7.57, revlon.com
Once the initial aches and pains have passed, it’s time to place your toes in the dating pool and take another dive into the possibility of love. With Revlon’s kit, it’s easy to make a simple change that will add dimension to your hair and draw attention to your brilliant face. This quick fix will motivate you to go for the plunge and not sweat the impact so much.

After all, with any relationship (or beauty product, for the matter) it’s better to try and fail, then to never try at all. You just may end up pleasantly surprised…and beautiful.