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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.

Pucker up
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)

Outerwear for anywhere: Best new coats

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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  1. New York Fashion Week Spring 2011

    Top designers from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week opted for a strong array of styles and influences. Find out which trends will be popular for the spring.   Full skirts At left, a model walks the runway at the Victoria Beckham Dresses Spring 2011 presentation. The theme of her collection was a "celebration of curves," focusing on both comfort and elegant style. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Asymmetrical hemlines

    The Vassilios Kostetsos Spring 2011 fashion show was inspired Greek mythology and the natural elements of Greece itself. The prevalent shape was a flattering cutaway skirt, longer in the back than in the front. The longer hemlines and softer cuts, which gently hugged the models’ forms, were both fashion-forward and classically beautiful — all fit for a goddess. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Highlighted shoulders

    The Jenny Packham Spring 2011 fashion show took pointers from the 1940s, specifically from screen sirens Lauren Bacall and Olivia de Havilland. Instead of padded shoulders — a popular trend from last season — shoulders were emphasized in more delicate ways. Some shoulders of dresses were gathered at the top, creating structure, and then floated away at the arm for effortless femininity. (Jemal Countess / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. High collars

    The Z Spoke by Zac Posen Spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The popular designer opted for "fruit salad-inspired styles" that were both cheerful and dramatic. (Jason Decrow / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. White

    White is the new black. The clean color was all the rage at the Spring/Summer 2011 shows, including that of fashion darling Alexander Wang. (Karl Prouse/catwalking / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Loose fit

    Grunge certainly isn't dead yet. The Charlotte Ronson Spring 2011 collection featured several slouchy, urban styles. The designer said she was inspired by the "vibrant romance of Spain," which she paired with the androgynous feel of grunge. (Diane Bondareff / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Crochet

    Designer Vivienne Tam was inspired by Eastern influences for her Spring 2011 collection, titled "The New Silk Road." Ensembles included loose, bohemian pieces that incorporated lace and peekaboo crochet. (Bebeto Matthews / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Graphics

    The Prabal Gurung Spring 2011 fashion show featured geometric prints in fun, bold colors. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Cut-outs

    The Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011 collection included smart and sophisticated designs reminiscent of the popular board game Connect Four. (Bebeto Matthews / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Ivory

    Feminine, pretty ensembles marked the Jill Stuart Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Models showed off elegant and quirky outfits in silk, sheer fabrics and breezy ivory shades. (Fernanda Calfat / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Floral details

    Jason Wu, known for being one of Michelle Obama's favorite designers, sent down models in sophisticated, feminine dresses at the Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show. (Chris Moore/catwalking / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. High-waisted trousers

    A model walks the runway at the Vena Cava Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show, which featured fitted, geometric shapes and sleek silhouettes. (Chris Moore/catwalking / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Pop art colors

    Cheery, bright colors were popular at the Peter Som Spring 2011 collection. Turquoise, purple and hot pink took the stage, with Ellen DeGeneres closing the show in a rain of confetti. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Sheer

    A sheer, dreamy piece from the Project Runway Spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. (Bebeto Matthews / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Draping

    The Nicholas K Spring 2011 fashion show opted for casual, layered looks with soft military influences. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Baggy bottoms

    It all hung loose at the Lacoste Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show. Designer Christophe took inspiration from 1930s tennis designs and mixed them with contemporary, baggy influences. (Karl Prouse/catwalking / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
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