25 Quick Beauty Tips

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25 Quick Beauty Tips
Sat, 12-10-2005 - 12:25pm
Expert tricks to make you more gorgeous than ever and save you time and aggravation.
You've been doing your makeup and hair since you were a teen, so you've probably got your look down. We thought we did, too, until we polled the pros to learn what strategies they had up their sleeves.

HAIR



1. Veg out: To revive fading color and disguise roots without the damaging effects of a chemical process, New York City stylist and salon owner Antonio Prieto recommends using a vegetable dye to add shine, deepen color and temporarily cover roots. It should buy you another month without chemicals, and it's also a great option for pregnant women.
2. Take part: More practical and time-efficient still is simply changing your part. "Combing your hair toward your face rather than away from it calls less attention to the hairline, where grays and roots are most visible," says Patrick Melville, the artistic director of the Warren-Tricomi Salon in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center.
3. Be cool: For the least amount of frizz, fewest flyaways and bounciest blow-dry, switch your dryer to the "cold" setting for the entire process, suggests Fabrice, a top stylist at the Frédéric Fekkai Salon in New York City. "It takes longer," he concedes, "but it's the only way to power-dry your hair without drying it out, so it gives you much more body and shine."
4. Think warm and dark: Although coloring fine hair can give it more texture, Melville recommends avoiding overly cool and light shades. "If you go too light, hair will appear transparent, and that will call attention to thinning spots," he says. "Golden, warmer, denser colors are less see-through."


NAILS



5. Go nuts: To elongate fingers and make your hands look younger and more feminine and graceful, file nails in a perfect oval shape. "The almond-shaped nail is to the hands what the stiletto is to the legs," says Jan Nordstrom-Arnold, cofounder of Creative Nail Design.
6. Chill out: Yes, you really can prevent polish from thickening by stashing it in the fridge.
7. Cover up: We've all been indoctrinated to slather sunscreen on our faces, but our hands still seem to be getting short shrift. And while the age spots, lines, wrinkles and redness that mar our complexions can be tackled to some extent with a laser, Botox and/or Restylane injections, the hands, due to the thinness of their skin and lack of fat, are not good candidates for any of these high-power antiaging methods. Use an SPF 15 hand cream like La Prairie's.


Eyes




8. Alternate: A classic error when tweezing our own brows is doing one at a time, notes Mercedes Fernandez, a makeup artist at New York City's John Barrett Salon. "Getting trapped on one eye guarantees uneven results," she says. "Alternating back and forth between brows and standing back to take in the full effect every once in a while will minimize mistakes."
9. Lighten up: When filling in eyebrows, Fernandez recommends going with a brow pencil or powder that's one shade lighter than your hair color. Otherwise, the effect will be too harsh and unnatural. "You're not looking to add color, just to shade in patchy areas," she says.
10. Two-time: To get beautiful brows that go the distance, Christian Dior makeup artist Pati Dubroff first uses a pencil, then a matching brow powder. "A pencil by itself never has much staying power, and powders never have enough oomph," she says. "Put the two together and the result is perfect."
11. Think in reverse: To prevent smudges, Carol Shaw, the creator of LORAC cosmetics, first applies all eye makeup except mascara. Then she puts on foundation, followed by concealer. "Shadows always fall off the eye; liners always smudge; and putting foundation over concealer pulls it off," she says. "This order keeps your makeup pristine and saves you time."
12. Corner the market: To make eyes look instantly brighter and more awake, Carmindy, the makeup guru on the TLC series What Not to Wear, adds a dab of subtle shimmer to the corner of the inner eye, just above the tear duct. "This is absolutely the best eye-opener," she says, noting that she favors High Beam by Benefit or the ultrarefined Stephane Marais shimmer eye shadows for this task.
13. Flesh it out: Whether your eyelids are red from seasonal allergies or lack of sleep, you can deflect the discoloration by applying a flesh-toned pencil, such as Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk eye pencil in No. 1, along the lower inner lash line, says Armani's Tim Quinn. "Smudge it lightly with your finger or a Q-tip after applying, and it invisibly conceals a multitude of sins. You can cover it with a color if you want to create a smoky effect."
14. Double up: For long, lush lashes without clumping, Dior's Dubroff first applies a thickening mascara with a big brush, such as DiorShow mascara, then uses a separating one with a tiny brush or comb that gets closer to the roots, such as Maybelline Lash Discovery.
15. Instant eye lift: For an immediate dash of alertness, Quinn uses a white pencil on top of shadow to draw a vertical line on the eyelid from just above the pupil to the brow bone, then smudges it with his finger. Two to try: Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Blanc and Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk eye pencil No. 0.
16. It's not a draw: Rather than try to define eyes by drawing a line across the eyelids, the pros unanimously recommend using a pencil to fill in the spaces between each lash. Get your pencil as close to your lashes as possible and make a teeny dot between each one. Smudge with your finger or a cotton swab. "The effect is softer, sexier and smokier, without any obvious harsh lines," says Quinn.