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Q: My under-eye circles make me look like I went 15 rounds with laila ali. — Lydia Wasef

A: Makeup artist Laura Mercier, whose clients include (bad-pun alert!) knockouts Julia Roberts and Sarah Jessica Parker, has a few intriguing tricks, one of which she includes in her just-published book, The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face ($35). Put a little concealer on your hand, dip a brush into it, and apply just to the dark bits under your eyes. Finish by gently tapping with a finger and setting with translucent powder.

Q: There is no end to my fight against frizz. — Laura Gregory

A: Just a guess - sounds like your hair is thirsty and simply drinking up the humidity in the air. To remedy, use hydrating products that keep your hair's moisture level balanced. Also, after showering, pat your hair with a towel (rubbing encourages more fuzz). When blowdrying, don't aim the airflow directly at the hair; instead, tilt down and slightly away. Shown: MOMO Moisturizing Shampoo ($14) and Revitalizing Creme Conditioner ($16).

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