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
22. Eye Definer [5 minutes]
Never underestimate the enhancing power of eyeliner. For the easiest application, make tiny dashes across your upper lashline, then use a Q-tip to blend the dashes together.
23. Body Builder [5 minutes]
Mousse makes your hair look and feel thicker. For the most oomph, distribute the foam evenly: Put a big dollop in your hand, run a wide-tooth comb through it, then drag the comb from roots to tips, says New York City hairstylist Cedric Celik.
24. Line Eraser [30 minutes]
Open to some serious intervention? The latest hyaluronic acid filler, Belotero, fills lines around the eyes and lips and plumps undereye hollows, without the potential side effects (tiny bumps, a blue tinge) of other fillers. You'll notice the difference before you leave the doctor's office; results last six months.
25. Shine Enhancer [20 minutes]
Like a top coat on your nails, a hair gloss gives your style a high-shine finish. Most last about two weeks. (Try Garnier HerbaShine SimplyShine Clear Gloss Treatment, $6.50; drugstores.)
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26. Root lifter [5 minutes]
Are you alone? Good. Now flip your head upside down, spritz your roots with hairspray (like Alterna Bamboo Style Ultra Hold Hair Spray, $22; beauty.com), massage your scalp for a few seconds, and flip your head back up. Hello, gorgeous!
27. Favorite Fragrance [5 seconds]
A scent you love boosts your spirits on first sniff. (The sense of smell links directly to the mood-ruling limbic system.) Two fragrances to make you happy right now: the crisp Nest Body & Soul Spray in Moss & Mint ($48; shop.nestfragrances.com) and the more earthy Chanel Les Exclusifs 1932 ($230 for 6.8 ounces; chanel.com).
28. Face Base [1 minute]
Primer leaves a light film over fine lines, so foundation looks smoother and more luminous all day. (Try Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion, $31; urbandecay.com.)
29. Enduring Manicure [30 minutes]
Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips Starter Kit ($30; drugstores) lets you experiment with nail art, from graphic dots to intense glitter—and the fun stays flawless for at least a week (in our experience, even two).
30. Bold Pedicure [25 minutes]
Vibrantly polished toes are a delicious little cold-weather secret, so slip off your winter wool socks and treat yourself to a stunningly bright pedicure. (A few suggestions: OPI Nail Lacquer in My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours! and Can't Find My Czechbook; Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in Oh My Glitter!; Rococo Nail Apparel in Sandrine; Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Alex by the Books; Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Noble.)
Just Wait and See!
These five boosters are worth the extra time it takes to get results.
Rest Cure [8 hours]
Pictured left. To understand how sleep deprivation affects your appearance, all you have to do is look in the mirror after a late night. Always try to get at least eight hours. "When you don't sleep enough, your skin doesn't exfoliate and repair itself, so it looks dull and sallow," says Sadick. Have trouble drifting off? The scents of lavender, vanilla, and baby powder have all been shown to help. (L'Occitane Lavender Pillow Mist, $22; usa.loccitane.com)
Hair Repair [3 days]
After you shampoo, spritz a vial of Fekkai Advanced PrX Reparatives 3 Day Transformation ($100 for kit of three; ulta.com) through your damp hair. The mixture of keratin and emollients leaves hair soft and shiny. Repeat for three consecutive days for lasting glossiness.
Skin Stars [12 weeks]
Retinoids, the topical vitamin A derivatives, are pore-minimizing, pigment-fading, line-softening skincare superstars. Use one in a lotion or cream for three months and see your skin transformed. The most impressive improvement comes from prescription versions (like tretinoin and tazarotene); the retinol in over-the-counter products yields less dramatic, but still noticeable, changes.
Doctors' Duo [6 months]
To create softer, more even-toned skin, many dermatologists are using the new Perméa system, which combines an updated version of the Clear + Brilliant skin-resurfacing laser with SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic antioxidant serum. Downtime is minimal (redness for about a day); doctors recommend three to five monthly sessions and daily use of the serum.
Lifesaver [10 years]
In one study, daily sunscreen users tracked for ten years had a 50 percent lower risk of melanoma than non-sunscreen users. Another fine reason to protect yourself every day: "Your skin will simply look a lot better," says New York City dermatologist Anne Chapas, MD.
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