Fast Beauty Fixes
Having a not-so-great beauty day? Turn it around fast with these quick fixes. "Even a slight change can have a huge impact," says Mally Roncal, a celebrity makeup artist who has worked with Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. To look absolutely gorgeous, all you need are a few new products and about 60 seconds.Makeup Fixes
Think pink. Swap your dull powder blush for a bright pink or berry gel (TRY: Stila Gel Cheek Color in Melon Flush, $16, sephora.com for locations). "Stains mimic a just-been-jogging flush, so they look natural," says Roncal. Blend color onto the apples of your cheeks in circles.
Give some lip. A barely-there gloss that's just a bit brighter than your natural lip color will give you reason to smile (TRY: Philosophy Kiss Me Very Emollient Lip Balm in Pink, $10, Sephora stores and philosophy.com). "A subtle tint always looks youthful and sexy," says Roncal. Before applying, exfoliate to plump up lips.
Flip your lids. Swipe a cream shadow in a bright hue, such as green, plum, or bronze, across your lid from lash line to crease (TRY: Flirt! I'm Whipped Eyeshadow Mousse in High Maintenance, $12, kohls.com). "A strong color around your eyes makes them -- and you -- immediately noticeable," explains Belinda Moss, a makeup artist who has worked with Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson.Hair Repair
Treat split ends. Highlighting, straightening, blow-drying: The list of potential hair abuses can go on and on. Turn strawlike strands into silk with an in-shower treatment (TRY: Aveda Sap Moss Nourishing Concentrate, $18, aveda.com). Smoothing ingredients such as avocado oil and wheat protein make hair instantly shiny, says Valery Joseph, owner of the Valery Joseph Salon in New York City.
Redo your hue. Whether you've got virgin strands or desperately need a touch-up, give your color a boost with a pigment-depositing conditioner like Ted Gibson Individual Color Conditioner in Glimmering Gold, $36, saksfifthavenue.com. "A glossy tint coats strands, making your color more vibrant until the next shampoo," explains Keith Bocklet, a colorist at Butterfly Studio in New York City. For the most natural results, stay within your current color range.
Transform your style. Pomade helps define your 'do without freezing it into place. "Adding texture can turn a not-so-great haircut into a chic style," explains Joseph. Working with dry hair, rub a dime-size amount between fingertips, then lightly touch areas you want to define -- face-framing pieces, layers, or ends (TRY: Keune Shaping Fibres, $16, keune.com, or 800-330-9302 for locations).Nail Fixes
Smooth rough edges. If you don't have time for a manicure, smooth away flaky skin and rough cuticles with an oil-based exfoliator like Creative Nail Solar Manicure, $13.95, creativenail.com for locations. "Oil seeps into crevices that hand cream can't reach, and it also adds a healthy sheen to skin," says Carla Kay, a manicurist for Airplus for Her.
Embrace color. If you usually wear neutrals, polish your nails with a vibrant tone like hot pink or orange (TRY: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Tip Toe Tulip, $3.25, drugstores). "Color on your nails is just as good as wearing an accessory," says Kay. Use a base coat to prevent staining.
Add a shimmer top coat. Transform your current manicure in seconds by applying one coat of a neutral, opalescent shade on top (TRY: OPI Nail Lacquer in I'm a Princess, You're Not!, $7.50, opi.com for locations). "A pearlescent quality hides chips with minimal effort," says Kay.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2006.
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