Fast Beauty Upgrades - Winter Beauty Tips
Our records show it's time for your midwinter beauty treats. Have a shot at one (or all) of these easy—and immediately rewarding—shortcuts to gorgeousness.
By Jenny Bailly
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the February 2013 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Clockwise starting from top center
9. Complexion Renewer [10 minutes]
A glycolic acid peel brightens drab skin. Try an at-home version like Le Métier de Beauté Chem60 Pro-Peel & Glow10ai Mask Set ($265; neimanmarcus.com) or (not shown) Glytone Essentials Mini Peel Gel ($52; dermstore.com).
10. Quick Trim [45 minutes]
Taking off just an inch of hair can add volume to your style and freshen your overall look. (And a salon shampoo and head massage can freshen your overall outlook.)
11. Arch Enhancer [3 minutes
Give your brows a lift (and add some polish to your look) with the Clé de Peau Beauté Eyebrow Pencil ($60; neimanmarcus.com); its powdery texture creates long-lasting, natural fullness.
12. Roller Set [15 minutes]
Three reasons to love hot rollers: They smooth your hair while you go about your business (makeup application, breakfast, renovating the garage). They're less damaging than a flatiron. They create unparalleled volume. And T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers ($99; sephora.com) are the best of the latest generation.
13. Frizz Tamer [30 seconds]
A no-mess hair transformer: The superlight mist of Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray ($36; oribe.com) belies its style-smoothing, static-stopping, shine-enhancing power.
14. Sheer Cream Blush [4 minutes]
In makeup, as in poker, a flush is a smart bet. A wash of rosy color makes cheekbones more pronounced and eyes more sparkling. We love Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Rosebud ($24; lauramercier.com) or Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint in Sheer Cherry and Sheer Pink ($25 each; bobbibrown.com).
15. Buff Polish [5 minutes]
Two coats of Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat ($20; butterlondon.com) leave your nails smooth and tinted a subtle, elegant beige.
16. Magical Manicure [15 minutes]
Apply one coat of Essie Repstyle Nail Polish ($8; essie.com)—we love silvery Snake, Rattle and Roll and deep green Crocadilly—then hold the magnetized cap over each nail. Presto! A snakeskin pattern appears.
17. Eye Refresher [10 minutes]
Soak a thin piece of cloth (like part of an old T-shirt) in cold soy milk and lay it over your eyes. "Soy milk is a terrific anti-inflammatory; it also hydrates to smooth fine lines," says New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD.
18. Warm Bath [20 minutes]
Few things are as restorative as a soak in the tub. For a skin-softening effect, add a luxurious oil. When you step out, pat your skin dry and smooth on a bit more of the oil for extra silkiness.
19. Style Reviver [4 minutes]
Dry shampoo instantly absorbs the excess oil that makes hair fall flat. Spritz it at your roots, particularly along your part and at your hairline. Let it sit for a few minutes, then brush through.
20. Lip Amplifier [3 minutes]
Run a liquid highlighter along the bottom edge of your mouth and over your Cupid's bow to make your lips look fuller.
21. Tension Tamer [2 minutes]
Deep breathing cues your nervous system to calm down, and that relaxation shows up (beautifully) in your face. Integrative medicine expert Andrew Weil, MD, recommends this technique: Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat this cycle three more times.
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