8 Ways to Look Good Without a Scalpel

Updating the way you look doesn’t require a scalpel. These easy tweaks will do the work of a surgeon without the pain, suffering, swelling and hospital stay. You can thank us later

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Wear a Ponytail

It’s easy, it disguises a bad hair day, and it’s youthful. That it also gives you a subtle face-lift should not be overlooked. Take the time to wrap a small section of hair around the hair elastic for a more polished version.


Try Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics.

Reshape Your Eyebrows

Yes, yes, you’ve been waxing or plucking on your own for years. Yes, yes, yours are tidy and reasonably shaped. Here’s the point: You are not an expert brow shaper, and the difference between your attempt and an overhaul by someone who knows what she’s doing is huge. You’ll brighten your eyes in an instant.


Try Benefit's Brow Bar—and between appointments try Benefit’s Brow Zings.

Try Nude Lipstick

Bold color on the lips makes a statement, but doing a nude, glossy pout is modern and pretty. It’ll also hide those fine lines around your mouth instead of accentuating them, if that’s of interest.


Try Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer.

Buy a Pair of Flattering Jeans

Instead of burying this on your to-do list, bump it up to the top. Bad jeans do a body no good. Find a pair that fits and flatters, in a dark rinse (extra slimming) or a fun print (hot trend) and revive your weekend look. Our pick: anything by Not Your Daughter’s Jeans—with a patented lift/tuck technology that’ll flatten your middle and boost your behind. Who says no to that?


Try NYDJ's Jill Fitted Ankle.

Treat Yourself to a Bra with Boost

Gravity happens, but friends don’t let friends walk around with less support than what’s required. Do you even know what size you are? Really know? Probably not. Any Victoria’s Secret will offer you a proper bra fitting, and you’d be wise to take advantage of the service.


Try Victoria’s Secret’s Push-Up Bra.

Update Your Handbag Already!

You have a tote, a top handle and probably a hobo style, but today’s two happening bag trends are cross-body bags and oversize clutches. Whatever you prefer, go for it.

Try Dooney & Bourke’s Happy Bag.

Refurbish Your Shoes

It doesn’t matter if you’re dressed in top designers or someone’s hand-me-downs: If your shoes are grungy, you’ll look sloppy from head to toe. A talented shoemaker can turn whatever is battered and beaten into brand-new beauties.


Try Vince Camuto’s Adrien.

Add Illuminizer to Your Makeup

Healthy, youthful skin glows, and whether you have it naturally or get it from a bottle is nobody’s business but your own.


Try Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector.

Next: Age-Proof Your Eyes

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First Published Mon, 2013-03-04 18:40

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