Beauty has long been a favored form of self expression. With endless options to experiment with and tons of tools to try, there are plenty of easy and affordable ways to update your look. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas offers new items to revive your get-ready routine.
Prep and prime
'Tis the season of the painted face, so it's smart to start with a flawless foundation. Primers have been perfected to not only help your makeup glide on like a second skin, but to also provide staying power. Stila's One Step Correct is a multi-tasking 3-in-1 serum that color corrects, brightens and nourishes your skin ($36, Stilacosmetics.com ), while Tarte's Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol acts as a base that also tightens the skin and decreases the appearance of wrinkles. ($20, TarteCosmetics.com) And great news for drug store divas: L'Oreal Studio Secrets offers not only the Magic Perfecting Base that smoothes out imperfections and diminishes your pores, but the Color Correcting Primers as well in Anti Redness, and Anti Dull Light and Medium/Deep. ($12.95 drugstores nationwide)
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Style your strands
Tame your tresses this party season like a pro. For an effortless, tousled look, simply toss up your hair and tuck in loose ends. Star stylists rely on matte bobby pins to ensure that the ones they place in their celebrity do's or models' manes do not reflect in photos on the red carpet or catwalk. Ricky's NYC offers the same concept with their "no shine" Invisipins that won't reflect light and blend into the hair better. Perfect for special occasions, these matte pins come in a variety of colors and sizes. Another backstage beauty secret, Invisipin bungees are the "perfect fit" pony tail holders that allow for a custom grip — also available in range of natural colors ($2.99-4.99; Rickysnyc.com)
If you're looking to let down your locks, create carefree body without feeling like a 5-year-old in banana curls. White Sands Velcro Strips give you a versatile way to achieve modern waves, allowing you to experiment by molding the strips into new shapes ($36-40; Whitesandsproducts.com), while Conair's latest curling iron, the Infiniti You Curl ($44.99; Conairyoucurl.com) and Bombshell's Sultra iron ($130, Sephora.com) help you to curl your hair in half the time of traditional clip irons. Just wrap your hair around the rod for an easy, loose look.
A bold lip will instantly update your look this fall. From retro-red to shocking new hues of powerful pink and deep purple, painted pouts have never been more popular. If you're looking for a signature color to make a statement with your smile, Make Up For Ever offers both an in-store and online shade finder tool for you to choose the best color for your complexion. Their Rouge Artist Intense collection offers nearly every hue imaginable in three different finishes — pearly, matte, and satin. ($19; Sephora.com) Benefit's Pocket Pal also helps you create your own color by allowing you to stain your lips as dark or light as you want. Just apply the desired amount of Benetint lip stain, adjusting for intensity, then finish with a coat of gloss. ($20, Benefitcosmetics.com)
Dress up your digits
After seasons of dark, flat nail colors, shine is making a comeback. Jazz up your neutral nails for the weekend by adding a layer of glitz — an easy way to look like you're wearing intricate, sophisticated nail art. When applied over a dark nail color (like Essie's Little Brown Dress), Rococo's Gold Leaf Nail Lacquer's gold flecks will grab anyone's attention ($32.50 Spacenk.com), while OPI's new silver and gold top coats are jewelry for your fingertips offering a sequin-like finish. Last but not least, if you are feeling devious, MAC's Venomous Villains collection offers duo-chrome foils with a surreal effect. The dark, chic shades shimmer different colors in a mischievous way ($13, Maccosmetics.com)
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