Lock in Shine
Studies show that shiny hair stands out more than duller strands. (The eye naturally travels to the brightest point on the head.) Infuse hair with alcohol-free conditioning ingredients and ionic heat technology to get a daily frizz-free finish.
We like Sedu Pro Ionic Ceramic Flat Iron and Polishing Treatment, $37-120; ulta.com.
Highlight Your Strengths
Highlights are a quick and easy way to brighten up your skin tone. But unless you're a veteran at-home colorist, they're best left to the pros. Talk to your stylist about the best placement for lighter, face-framing pieces to see if he or she can help bring attention to your favorite features.
Explore Other Bleaching Methods
A bright smile can make you look tanner, younger, and, yes, even skinnier. To make your grin gleam, NYC cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeff Golub-Evans says to start by weening yourself off of drinks that can stain teeth (if you must, drink red wine and coffee through a straw), and ask your dentist about in-office diamond dust polishing treatments that can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in one session.
Lose the Cavities
A trip to the dentist can cause major anxiety, so ask your doctor about Icon, a new drill-free approach from DMG America. It allows dentists to fix early cavities, remove stains, and even erase white marks just by adjusting resin levels in a non-invasive applicator. Now that's a reason to start smiling!
Whiten At Home
According to Golub-Evans, Peroxide is peroxide. So, even if you cant foot the bill for a bleaching session at your dentists office, there are a ton of stellar over-the-counter products that can deliver sparkling results from the comfort of your own bathroom.
Fake an Airbrush Finish
Investing in a high-quality powder brush allows you to better cover your mug with skin-perfecting makeupthe tightly packed bristles hold and distribute product precisely. Use a soft, concealing powder to get PhotoShop-perfect skin.
Moisturize on the Go
Try a Brightening Powder
Radiate from within by supplementing your diet with the right nutrients. NYC- and Miami-based dermatologist, Dr. Fredric Brandt recommends injecting your water with antioxidant-rich booster drops to help flush out toxins from your skin.
Masque Your Flaws
Neutralize Your Lip Tone
Keep an Eye on the Bottom Line
Contrary to popular belief, dark eye liner can make the whites of your eyes stand out more and appear brighter. For a sultry evening look, line your upper and lower lids with a jewel-toned liner and use white shadow stick at the inner corners of your eyes to instantly enhance your peepers.
Boost Your Faux Glow
Cure Your Skin Problems
It isn't enough to just use expensive products and expect fast results, says Elliot Entis, founder of Lift Lab Cosmetics. "You have to diagnose your skin problems and solve them first!" Talk to your derm or facialist about which products will have the highest concentration of healing ingredients for your mug.
Brighten Your Bags
Cover and Correct
Yolk It Up
For last-minute toning and firming on the face and body, celebrity stylist Linda Rodin swears by spreading egg whites on clean skin and rinsing it off after a few minutes.
Use Face Oils—Really
Find a Multi-Tasking Moisturizer
Personalize Your Peel
Boston dermatologist, Dr. Ranella Hirsch says that a custom-mixed peel can do wonders for uneven skin tone and sun spots. If you're stressing about sun damage, set up a consultation with your dermatologist to go over your options.
Erase Your Mistakes
"More and more women are becoming aware of the fact that age spots, acne marks, and hyperpigmentation prematurely age skin," says Hirsch. She recommends using a dark spot correcting cream at night to repair damage and minimize possible sun-related side effects.
Smooth the Bumps
Calcium is Key
Brighten Up Your Complexion
Try a DIY Mask
Jacobs offers this at-home tip for minimizing fine lines in a jiffy: Combine potato puree and applesauce; apply to face and let it sit for five minutes; wash away with warm water. Viola! An instant face lift.
Give Me a Lift
Get a Professional Facial
Even if it's outside your budget, scrimp on other spending (do you really need another bikini?) and invest in a professional facial at the beginning of the summer and again at the end of the season to give your skin the T.L.C. it needs.
Stick to Shine
Reverse and Prevent Damage
To prevent scars and stretch marks from getting darker with sun exposure, slather them with sunscreen. At night, apply a scar-minimizing topical to repair damaged tissue.
Get Glam Gams
Buff Away Imperfections
Stock Up on SPF
We know you love to bask in those warm rays, but there's a reason Dr. Schlessinger and his contemporaries all agree that SPF is a daily must. Regularly using a sunscreen is the best way to prevent uneven skin tone and discoloration.