You are here

Look Beautiful in 3 Easy Steps

 

Fake Fuller Lips
1. Lightly dab a concealer that's a shade lighter than your complexion around your lips "to create the illusion that your pout really stands out," says Petra Strand, the founder of Pixi cosmetics.
2. Use a liner that mimics your natural lip tone, then fill in your lips with a matching stain.
3. Slick on sheer gloss with a hint of shimmer to add depth and dimension to your mouth.

Master Fake Lashes
1. Start with a full strip of lashes and cut them in half. Having extra-long, thick lashes near your tear ducts doesn't look natural since "most people have lengthier, more voluminous fringe at their outer corners," says Mally Roncal, a celebrity makeup artist and the founder of Mally Beauty.
2. Apply a thin line of adhesive to the edge of the lash strip; let it dry for 10 seconds—it should feel tacky, not wet. Then, using tweezers, press the strip right above your lash line, from the outer corner to the center. Apply pressure with your finger and try to avoid blinking for about a minute or until lashes feel secure.
3. Draw on a stripe of black eyeliner at the base of your upper lashes to hide the edge of the strip. Finish with two coats of black mascara to blend any lines of demarcation between the faux and real fringe.

Get Beachy Waves
1. Shampoo hair at night and let it air-dry. When you wake up, spritz your whole head with a salt spray and scrunch. (If you have curly hair, straighten it with a flat iron first, then mist with the salt spray to loosen your natural curl a bit.)
2. Wrap randomly selected strands around a one-inch curling iron to give waves staying power. "Hold it vertically against your head so you get the perfect spiral," says Linda Flowers, a celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles.
3. Finish with a texturizing spray to make hair look more rough-and-tumble than red carpet–ready.

Polish Your Ponytail
1. Spritz a natural-bristle brush with shine spray and pull through strands to add luster and flatten flyaways.
2. Use the brush to direct hair straight back off your face, without creating a part. Gather it into a ponytail halfway between your nape and crown and secure with a clear elastic. "This position is the perfect height for creating maximum bounce," says Miok, a hairstylist in New York City.
3. Grab a section of hair from the underside of your pony that's about the width of a pencil and wrap it around the elastic. Clip in place below the tail with a bobby pin that matches your hair color.

Banish Chipped Tips
1. Dip the pad of your index finger (avoiding the nail) in a nonacetone remover and gently rub it over the chip to smooth out bumps.
2. "Wipe the edge of your polish brush against the lip of the bottle once the remover has evaporated, then fill in the chipped area with short, even strokes," says Sandra Hopp, a manicurist at the Edris Salon in New York City. (A shimmery formula won't look as obvious when it's touched up since the particles create a soft-focus effect.)
3. Paint a layer of topcoat over your entire nail to seal in color. Repeat daily to extend the life of your patch job.

Pop a Pimple—Safely
1. Make sure the pimple has come to a head, because "attempting to pop a pimple that's underneath the skin can cause injury and scarring," says Jeannette Graf, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. Then apply a warm (not hot) compress for five minutes to soften the skin around the zit.
2. Wash your hands to avoid introducing bacteria to the area and then, using the tips of two cotton swabs, apply gentle pressure around the base of the pimple until it erupts.
3. Dab on a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide.

Score Big, Bright Eyes
1. Intensify your eye color by lining the base of your upper lashes with a waterproof pencil that matches your iris.
2. Dab a champagne-colored, shimmery shadow on your inner corners and brow bone to illuminate the area and counteract blue tones, which can make eyes appear small.
3. Crimp your lashes with a tool and apply two coats of black mascara.

Prolong Your Glow
1. Use a facial self-tanner twice a week to build a believably radiant tone.
2. Dot on concealer only where you need it to cover up blemishes or dark circles.
3. Eliminate shine by dusting a translucent powder on your T-zone.

Soothe A Sunburn Fast
1. Take two ibuprofen every four hours for the first 24 hours to reduce pain and swelling if you've accidentally overexposed your skin.
2. Brew a cup of chamomile tea and let it steep in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Soak a washcloth in the solution, then use it as a cool compress. "The chamomile and chilly temperature will calm skin and help reduce blistering and inflammation," says Graf.
3. Apply an antioxidant-rich lotion to help repair damage and prevent peeling.

Trim Your Own Bangs
1. Grasp your fringe between the thumb and forefinger of one hand and pull it straight down (your thumbnail should rest vertically on the bridge of your nose).
2. Carefully cut in an arc around your thumb with a pair of shears. Doing so will help you achieve the perfect curve since your bangs should fall in an arch across your face.
3. Let go, then check your work in a mirror by a window. "Natural light makes detecting mistakes easier," says Mark Townsend, a hairstylist for Matrix. Even out strays as necessary, snipping with tips only so you don't cut too much.