Beauty Tricks to Master

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11.   Stop eyeliner bleed. “Apply liner as you usually do, then use a cotton swab to subtly smudge the line at the outer corners, direct-ing it upward,” Linter says. “Skip this step and the color will settle into your smile lines, making you look tired.”

12.    Don’t neglect your nails.
Keeping your tips buffed to a shine—or polished in a color with some blue or pink in it (too much yel-low accentuates sallowness)—will make your hands look younger. A lacquer that works on almost everyone: OPI Nail Polish in Otherwise Engaged ($7; opi.com for stores), an opalescent pink.

13.  Kiss dark lipstick good-bye.  A very deep, dark lip hue is unattractive if it bleeds into the creases around your mouth. Soft, neutral shades such as rose or peach for fair to medium tones and sheer browns and berries for dark skin are the most flattering. Try Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick in Vene-tian Rose ($25; sephora.com) for fair to medium skin, or Laura Mercier Shimmer Lip Colour in Candy Pink ($22; lauramercier.com) for dark skin.

Finding an updated yet flattering do.
The issue:  You want to maximize the hair on your head—at the same time you’re sprouting unwanted fuzz elsewhere

The tricks:
14.  Be wary of too many layers.  The whole “no long hair after a certain age”’ thing is total bunk, but be careful of a cut that’s too shaggy, says Ted Gibson, a New York City stylist, “If your hair is graying, avoid lots of layers, because they make wiry strands even more stubborn and unruly.”

15.  Think bangs, not Botox. Use your hair to camouflage forehead lines. But ensure that bangs are brow-skimming and fringed (not blunt) at the ends so the look isn’t too severe.

16.  Skip the jaw-length bob. A style that hits right at the jawbone empha-sizes any sags. “Go for something about an inch longer,” Gibson suggests. “It’s just as chic, but it hides slack skin.”

17.  Give mousse another try. If your last encounter with this foamy volumizer was when Madonna wore headbands, here’s the scoop: There’s a new mousse in town, reformulated so it still thickens but no longer stiffens. “A golf ball–size dollop applied to damp hair plumps your strands but still leaves them soft,” says Boston-based stylist Gretta Monahan, who likes Dove Body and Lift Volumizing Mousse ($3; drugstores).

18.  Use a boar-bristle brush. “Gray hair is often kinky and hard to smooth,” says Farah Reid, director of education at New York City’s Blow salon. “Using a boar-bristle brush while blow-drying grabs and holds on to hair, creating more tension than you’d get with plastic or metal bristles.” Try the Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Pocket Mixture Brush ($90; beauty.com).

19.  Don’t shampoo every day. Sudsing up more than three or four times a week can dry your hair and fade your color. “As you get older your scalp produces less oil, so you don’t need to wash as often,” says Kyle White, a colorist at New York City’s Oscar Blandi Salon. “But if you just can’t get used to the idea of a day without cleaning your hair [or you work out—and sweat—a lot], get in the shower and rinse with just water, or spray a dry shampoo into your roots, then brush it through.” Try Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder ($34; bumbleandbumble.com).

20.  Add a few highlights by your face. “It brightens up your skin and softens the look of fine lines,” says Jason Backe, a colorist at Gibson’s salon.

21.  You’re going gray where? If you want to match the hair down there to what’s on your head, try a color kit safe for sensitive skin (look for some- thing made without ammonia). The creator of Betty Hair Color, Nancy Jarecki, points out that if you’re tired of the natural look, going orange or hot pink might perk things up a bit. (And you thought the Brazilian was your only option.) Betty Color ($15; bettybeauty.com) comes in 10 shades.

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