Fake the Look

The right (and wrong) ways to go faux ‑- and look fab.

Hair Extensions

Go faux like a pro: To add length or volume to your hair at home, steer clear of extensions in not-found-in-nature colors and in textures that don't blend with your own. Also, since it's difficult to disguise the point of attachment on do-it-yourself extensions, use hairpieces just to lengthen a ponytail or fatten an updo, rather than trying to lengthen all over.

MC recommends: Flawless by Danilo Sleek Chic

Bottle Bronze

Go faux like a pro: Looking really tan in the winter worked in the '80s ‑- but not now. The secret to a sexy glow today is subtlety. If your skin is fair to medium, apply one coat of a self-tanner you can layer on neck-to-toe; if you're darker, go with two coats. Then, for your face, generously sweep on powder bronzer as you would translucent loose powder.

MC recommends: Neutrogena Build-a-Tan Gradual Sunless Tanning and Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium

False Lashes

Go faux like a pro: To accentuate your upper lashline without creating overly spidery fringe, try one of these two tricks:

  • Apply a strip of false lashes meant for your lower lashes from corner to corner. They're shorter than traditional falsies, so they'll thicken your lashline without elongating it too much.
  • Glue "single" lashes (a small cluster of five or six hairs) at just your outer corners.

MC recommends: Shu Uemura 501 Eyelashes and Flare

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