From Drab to Fab
Didn't get much sleep last night? Wave your cosmetic magic wand: These simple solutions instantly undo fine lines, a tired complexion and more. Plus, find out which miracle-working products get the job done fast. Photo by Getty Images.
WHAT TO USE A duo of liners: dark brown, which is softer-looking than basic black, and peach or nude.
HOW TO APPLY Line only your top lid with the darker shade (it draws attention to your upper eyes, making them seem more open). Then, put the lighter color on the inner corners of your eyes and along your lower lashes to keep eyes bright.
Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eye Liner + Serum in Deep Brown, $9.87; Amazon.com
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Nude, $10.15; Amazon.com
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Even out skin tone
WHAT TO USE A color-correcting (CC) cream that contains hydrating ingredients, age-fighting vitamins, sun protection and a slight tint.
HOW TO APPLY Pump cream onto the back of your hand-this warms it up so it easily glides over skin. Using a foundation brush or makeup sponge, apply with gentle downward strokes to minimize the appearance of pores.
Yes to Grapefruit CC Cream, $15.99; Amazon.com
Give cheekbones a lift
WHAT TO USE A creamy blush-it won't settle into fine lines and highlight imperfections like powder can do.
HOW TO APPLY Smile wide and tap color onto the apples of your cheeks with your ring finger. Then use a blush brush (yes, even for creamy formulas) to sweep color along your cheekbones in upward strokes.
FLOWER Crème Blush in Peach Blossom, $7.98; Walmart.com
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Get a glow
WHAT TO USE An illuminating cream deposits a subtle shimmer-and attracts and reflects light to liven up dull areas of your skin.
HOW TO APPLY Tap it onto the areas along your face where light naturally hits (tops of cheekbones; down the center of your nose) to give the illusion of a more radiant complexion.
Boots No. 7 Skin Illuminator, $9.99; Target.com
Create a fuller pout
WHAT TO USE A lip crayon, with its pointed tip and creamy texture, will line and fill lips with no need for blending (when your liner and lipcolor don't match, it can look dated).
HOW TO APPLY Use the lip crayon's tip to outline the edges of lips and the side to glide on color. If the tip begins to dull, place the crayon in the freezer until it hardens (about 1 minute) before sharpening.
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Ruby Twist, $6.86; Amazon.com
SOURCES: Ramy Gafni, founder, RAMY Beauty Therapy cosmetics. Kate McCarthy, glo-minerals national makeup artist. Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty.