You don't have to pay salon prices to benefit from professional expertise—most salons offer free color advice. "A consultation is a great way to find out which shades will work best with your skin tone or which ones will be the most high maintenance," says New York City colorist Renée Patronik. If you're uncomfortable going in only for a consultation (knowing you don't intend to return), ask your regular stylist for guidance.
Our December issue features Oprah's Favorite Things—as well as your chance to win them all! You'll also find our easy holiday declutter plan, Dr. Oz's guide to sleeping better (starting tonight) and the ultimate holiday menu.