The problem: Lackluster skin. The boost: Use tinted moisturizer and cream blush to make skin glow. “Apply moisturizer with a sponge right over any makeup you’re wearing,” says Kim Smith, a makeup artist in Fairfield, Connecticut. Try Olay Definity Color Recapture ($25 at drugstores). Then blend a pink or peach cream blush onto cheeks. Consider Stila Convertible Color in Peony ($25, stilacosmetics.com).
The problem: Tired eyes. The boost: Wake them up with an illuminating shadow and a mascara refresher. Use a concealer under the eyes if needed. Next, sweep a sheer gold-flecked powder over lids and on the inner corners. Try Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Filigree ($20, lancome-usa.com). Also brush on one of the new mascara emulsifiers to rewet and smooth the mascara you applied in the morning.
The problem: Blah-looking lips. The boost: Apply a berry-colored stain. It requires less precision than dark lipstick (just use a finger), and it won’t rub off. A rosy shade, like Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon ($25, beccacosmetics.com), flatters all complexions. Top with gloss for extra shine.
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For Your Hair
The problem: Flat strands. The boost: Tease small sections to add lift: Pick up a layer of hair at the crown, place a fine-tooth comb two inches from your scalp, and comb backward, says Roque, a stylist with the Wall Group in Los Angeles and New York. Try the Acca Kappa Beechwood Comb ($30, shopaccakappa.com). Repeat wherever you want height, then brush hair gently to smooth it.
The problem: Dullness. The boost: Apply a shine enhancer that’s formulated for your hair type. If you have straight hair, spritz on a product infused with defrizzing natural oils. Try Osmo Berber Oil Light Radiance Spray ($16, dirtylooks.us). For curls and waves, apply styling cream to dry hair, then use your fingers to twirl and reshape curls. Experts like Kérastase Crème Oléo-Curl ($40, drugstore.com).
The problem: That same old bun or ponytail. The boost: Add a little style with something subtly sparkly. Slip a pretty pin or barrette into your hair just behind one ear. Another option: Make a deep side part in line with the arch of one eyebrow before pulling your hair back, says Paula Ivins Kingston, owner of the Lucid Salon, in Lebanon, Ohio.
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For Your Body
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.