Quick Makeup Tricks
The problem: Pale, ashy skin.
The boost: Liven it up with a healthy helping of lotion and a dab of bronzer. Start with a lotion that has a hint of shimmer, which reflects light and renders imperfections (bumps, lumps, scars) less noticeable. Try Jergens Soft Shimmer Skin Radiance Moisturizer ($7.50 at drugstores). Stop here or add some color by rubbing a liquid bronzer between palms and applying it to exposed areas, like the legs, arms, and décolletage, in long strokes.
The problem: Unkempt hands and nails.
The boost: Give yourself a warp-speed manicure to polish things up. First moisturize with a thick hand cream to soften skin and cuticles. Smooth on Dove Cream Oil Intensive Hand Cream ($6 at drugstores). Trim nails to the same length (short looks most modern). Finally, apply one coat of a light metallic gold or silver lacquer that won’t show chips, says Eun Joo Tracy, a nail technician at G Spa, in Boston. Try Revlon Nail Enamel in Gold Get ’Em ($5 at drugstores), which looks pretty on all skin tones. Add a quick coat of the same color to your toes if they’ll be on display.