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Star style gurus share secrets to an instant mom makeover

TODAY contributors and celebrity beauty and style experts Louis Licari and Jill Martin share five tricks to getting a fabulous look when you have no time to dedicate to yourselfFive tricks to great-looking hair by Louis Licari: Time is something mothers usually don't have to spend on themselves and their appearance. Nothing will make you feel better on those strung-out days than looking in the m

TODAY contributors and celebrity beauty and style experts Louis Licari and Jill Martin share five tricks to getting a fabulous look when you have no time to dedicate to yourselfFive tricks to great-looking hair by Louis Licari: Time is something mothers usually don't have to spend on themselves and their appearance. Nothing will make you feel better on those strung-out days than looking in the mirror and feeling pretty. Feeling like a martyr is appealing to no one. Here are some simple tips to quick, easy and always good-looking hair. Get a great haircut. A good haircut will always keep its shape if you blow it dry or wear it natural. A great cut keeps its shape longer and requires less day-to-day maintenance. If your cut has bangs learn to trim them yourself. This will extend a haircut another couple of weeks. Learn to color your hair at home or at least use one of the new 10-minute touch-up kits to extend your color. The tip to great-looking, at-home hair color is to keep your new hue close to your hair's natural shade. Besides saving money you can maintain your color whenever you have a free half hour. Until you have the time to be truly pampered, you'll never need to make a salon appointment again. Hair accessories can hide a long overdue haircut. Use simple headbands and ponytail holders. They can always make hair look stylish and chic even on the most horrible hair days. Hair off the face or a low pony always looks current and smart. Dry shampoos are the perfect solution for those days when time is so short a shampoo and blow dry is out of the question. Just spray dry shampoo on hair and brush into your style. Dry shampoos make hair look and feel amazingly fresh and fragrant, and they also add body to your hair. Styling products are the quickest fix of all. If you wear your hair short use a gel or molding creme to hold your hair in place. If your hair is longer, serums work miracles to keep your texture beautiful. The best product of all is probably one of the oldest products. Our mothers used it and our grandmothers too. I'm talking about hair spray. Today we use hair spray differently. Spray it lightly on your hair to add a pinch of body or even the palms of your hands to smooth down split ends. It's the secret product that no smart girl or new mom goes without. Looking good is easy. It takes no time and very little effort. This is a time to make small efforts that have big results. Five secrets to spruce up your style by Jill MartinInvest in a pair of Spanx (or try Target's less-expensive line called Assets). Make this undergarment your best friend! Whether you are a size 2 or a size 20, this will help you look better in seconds. Add a touch of makeup. If you have five minutes and are leaving the house, take two minutes and put on mascara and lipgloss.Those two beauty items can instantly brighten up your face. Ditch your old sneakers. There is nothing worse than a dirty, old pair of sneaks or shoes for that matter! Payless has great, comfortable options for under $50 that will get you through the day in style. Dress it up. Instead of putting on a big T-shirt to take your kids to school and do errands, opt for a cute sweater and a pair of jeans… You never know who you are going to run into! Fashionista flats. Go onto hollywoodfashiontape.com and buy a pair of their $14.99 flats. They will fold up in your purse and you can throw them on if you need to dress up on the go and need an instant boost! Until next time…..look momalicious! Have your own secrets for keeping your look fresh when you're in a hurry? Share your tricks below.Related stories: