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Beauty Secrets Every Woman Must Know

Try out these expert tips to get perfect hair, makeup and skin.

Hair

  • To add length or volume to your hair, steer clear of extensions in not-found-in-nature colors and textures that don't blend with your own. Also, since it's difficult to disguise the point of attachment, use hairpieces just to lengthen a ponytail or fatten an updo.
  • When you're strapped for time, do the T-zone blow-dry: down your part and around your hairline only. "As long as the front and top of your hair looks finished," says makeup artist Eva Scrivo, "so will you."
  • Blonde hair—especially if it’s porous—absorbs gray light, making it look dull and flat. Adding the warm apricot lowlights complements paler winter skin, and a gloss is essential to seal the hair and reflect shine.
  • A fringe shaping or "dusting" revives a cut, opens up the face, and can therefore help stretch out the time between appointments. An expert cut on long hair can look fresh for up to three months, but short hair is a little less forgiving.
  • Prior to committing to a haircut with a pricey new stylist, go for a blow-dry first. You'll get an inexpensive sample of his taste and personality.
  • Save money in between hair color appointments without a DIY disaster. Condition yourself: Glazes can enliven dull color between visits without changing the tone.
  • After you’ve secured your updo, spritz a clean mascara wand with hairspray and comb up from the nape of the neck toward the bun to smooth down any stray hairs. Also do this above the ears. "Only the bun should have a messy texture," says stylist Mark Townsend.
  • To add height to hair, spray volumizer at the roots and blow-dry while lifting sections with a brush. Tease hair at the crown, then bobby-pin the pieces low at the back, sweeping them over the tops of your ears.
  • For the perfect curl, grab a ceramic curling iron that uses Tourmaline technology. Tourmaline is a natural crystal commonly used because of its negative ionic charge, which eliminates frizz and closes your hair cuticle, while ceramic irons distribute heat evenly on rods, meaning there are no “hot spots” that can burn hair and cause damage.

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