Secrets to streamline your beauty routine, straight from the experts.

By Real Simple
Updated April 08, 2009
Lucas Allen

Hairstylist Rita Hazan, New York City

“Instead of changing your hair color, accent your natural shade with highlights. Your hair will be healthier, and you’ll need fewer touch-up appointments at the salon.”

Hairstylist Sally Hershberger, New York City

“If you’ve blown out your hair, pull it into a high ponytail on the top of your head, close to your forehead, to sleep. This will keep it straight.”

Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, Miami

“If your eyes are red and puffy, like if you’ve been crying, put Afrin on a cotton ball, lie down, and place it over your eyes. In about five minutes, it shrinks the blood vessels and brings down the puffiness.”

Makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen, New York City

“If I’ve been traveling and my skin is sallow, I dip a towel in hot water, wring it out, and apply it to my face for a couple of minutes. Then I do the same thing with ice water. This gets the blood back into my skin and gives me a healthy, rosy complexion.”

Makeup artist Brett Freedman, Los Angeles

“Instead of buying lots of expensive makeup, use the things you already have to create a new look. For example, add a little shimmery powder to your foundation for a glow, or use your lipstick as a cheek stain.”