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16 Brilliant Beauty Tips That Solve Every Problem

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    Pump Up the Volume

    When you don't have time to wash and style, take second-day hair to new heights by blasting your roots with a texturizing spray, massaging the crown of your head and then winding your hair into a high bun. Try BlowPro Blow Back Time ($20,, which boosts fullness. Before you walk into your office, undo the bun, shake it out and, voilà, textured waves!

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    Reduce Sallowness

    Peach blush helps balance a sallow complexion, says Kristofer Buckle, a celebrity makeup artist. Try Benefit Majorette ($28, or Dior Cheek & Lip Glow ($37, Sephora stores) on the apples of your cheeks.

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    Whiten Stained Teeth

    You're giving a presentation at work later in the day and your teeth look a bit dingy (let's just say the Starbucks' barista knows your name by heart). To the rescue: a fast-acting strip that you can apply before you shower. Try Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrips ($55, drugstores). Remove the strip and brush your teeth after you get dressed to reveal a sparkly smile. Good morning, multitasker!

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    Look More Vibrant

    To perk up tired skin pronto, slather on a face mask, get in the shower and let it work its magic for 10 minutes. The steam will open your pores and help the ingredients penetrate deeper. Nugg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask ($3, comes in a single-use pod and packs peppermint oil, which smooths, firms and acts like a shot of espresso for your skin.

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    Zen Out

    You probably sprint through your a.m. routine, but that doesn't mean it can't feel a little spalike. Sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus oil (get it at a health-food store) directly under the showerhead as the warm water streams out. Not only will it smell amazing, but the zesty fragrance will also open your nasal pathways for deeper breathing, helping to fight mental sluggishness, explains Sara LaBree, the education manager for Jurlique. A eucalyptus shower gel works wonders, too. We like Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Body Wash ($20,

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    Breathe Life into Your Locks

    Here's an easy way to whip lifeless locks into stellar shape: Swap your regular shampoo for a clarifying one. It will remove product buildup, make hair shiny and brighten color, says Jessica Gillin, a hairstylist for Marie Robinson Salon in New York City. Try Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Detoxifying Shampoo ($6, drugstores). Just don't use it more than once a week because it can be drying.

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    Reduce Frizz

    For the last two minutes of your shower, crank up the cold water. This will flatten your hair cuticles, leaving you frizz-free and looking like you just got a professional gloss. This Korean beauty secret, known as cold-shower therapy, also boosts circulation (hello, radiant skin!) and stimulates your body's production of brown fat, a good type that helps you torch more calories throughout the day, says Kimberly Snyder, the author of The Beauty Detox Power, who counts Kerry Washington and Drew Barrymore as clients.

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    Boost Your Natural Glow

    Quench dry, blah-looking skin with a few drops of face oil. Pat it on while your skin is still wet from the shower; moist skin is more absorbent. The result is a pretty, youthful sheen. Our fave is Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil & Illuminating Argan Oil ($15, drugstores). PS: Rub your cuticles and nails with the oil for an instant no-mani makeover, says Tom Bachik, a L'Oréal Paris celebrity manicurist.

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    Hide the Evidence

    When you need to camouflage a zit or fake eight hours of shut-eye, the answer is a fast faux glow. To score sun-kissed skin in seconds, mix a pump of self-tanner with your regular moisturizer (diluting it prevents orange streaks) and apply it to your face, neck and chest. By the time you get to wherever you're going, you'll be glowing. We like Lancôme Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Face Gel ($37,

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    Fake Flawless Skin

    No time to fuss with foundation? No problem. Instead, apply a skin-perfecting formula that minimizes pores, smooths fine lines and reduces redness. This one-and-done treatment literally blurs imperfections, acting like an Instagram filter for your face. Try Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65,

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    Create a Contour

    Score a sculpted look by "quickly dusting bronzer lightly over your forehead, neck and ears and the crease of your eyelids and bridge of your nose to add subtle definition," Buckle says. Try Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52, Sephora stores). Something to smile about: This bronze bombshell trick instantly makes your teeth look whiter.

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    Ace Your Arches

    Defining your brows is the easiest way to take 10 years off your look, says Lori Taylor Davis, the director of global pro lead artistry for Smashbox Cosmetics. But when you're in a rush, skip using a pencil, because it requires precision. Instead, brush on brow mascara to fill in and groom the tiny hairs. Try Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara ($8, drugstores).

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    Lash Out

    Dark lashes are all you need to feel feminine and flirty. Get them with a fiber mascara, which deposits little flecks onto your fringe, building volume and length. Swipe on Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit ($15, drugstores). For a softer one-step option, try CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Mascara ($9, drugstores).

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    Hit Refresh

    With a few spritzes of a facial water you can boost hydration, revive your makeup and even calm redness after a sweat sesh or when you're stressed. Mist on Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($32,

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    Color Yourself Happy

    To boost your mood, use a purple or blue liner. These shades complement most eye colors and accentuate the whites of your eyes, says Iman, the founder of Iman Cosmetics. Smudge the liner along your bottom lash line for a sexy finish. Try Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Cobalt ($20, or Urban Decay 24 /7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Psychedelic Sister ($20, If colored liner is too bold, apply a vibrant mascara like Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Fascinating Violet ($30,

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    Ditch Dark Circles

    Erase any trace of raccoon eyes with a color-correcting brightener. Makeup artist Kerry Cole says to dab it under your eyes first to cancel out any blue tones, then glide on your regular concealer. We love Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($29,