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3 Ways to Bust Your Beauty Rut

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It's time to revive your beauty routine and live your hottest year ever.

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With diet and exercise, consistency is key. You always prep your meals on Saturday and Sunday for the week ahead and commit to your sweat sessions because you know that working out regularly pays off. But with your beauty regimen, you can score even better results if you switch up your routine. We tapped top hair and makeup experts for simple ways to help you bust your beauty rut at work, on the weekends and, yes, even at the gym.

Weekend Updates

Get Red-y  A bold pout oozes confidence, but seeing yourself in a vibrant shade for the first time can be startling -- even for a beauty editor like me. The key is to apply it first and then finish getting ready. This gives you the chance to get used to it, and by the time you leave the house, you'll feel comfortable. (It worked for me!) Overwhelmed by the sea of reds to choose from? Forget everything you've heard about finding the right color for your skin tone. Head to a store that offers samples and grab a few to road test.

Play the Part  Eighty-six percent of women agree that when they're having a good-hair day, even an everyday event like going out to dinner is more fun. One of the fastest ways to take your 'do from boring to bombshell in minutes: Switch up your part. "If you wear it on one side, change to the other," says Jen Atkin, a Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy celebrity stylist. "You'll get extra lift at the roots, and it will frame your face differently."

Friends with Benefits  You know what makeup look works for you, so when you have special plans, it's easy to go into autopilot. Now's the time to shift gears. You can actually have more than one go-to beauty move. "Often, another person can see potential that you can't," says Jenna Menard, a Clinique Global Colour artist. So during your next girls' night in, ask your friends what looks they think you should try (filled-in brows, smoky eyes, a new blush, and so on).

Pretty Little Extras  If you thought hair accessories were only for your younger self, chic new designs will give you a reason to revisit the fun. "You can work them into a style you already do, like a ponytail, and it will become a totally different look," Atkin says. Try a thin metallic headband, like France Luxe L. Erickson Metal Braided Headwrap ($8, franceluxe.com). Or stack pins, such as Ban.Do Flash Bobbi Set in Silver Glitter/Mint ($10, shopbando.com) on one side of your head.

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