1. Go for contrasting lids and tips. Pair a smoldering eye look with a crisp off-white nail polish. The combo looks elegant, plus you won’t have to worry about your manicure matching your clothes. Shadows we love: Bobbi Brown Eye Kohl Palette, $37, MAC Eye Shadow in Print, $13, and Chanel Basic Eye Color in Argents, $46.
2. Get tan and toned. Look like a golden goddess by mixing liquid bronzer with a firming body cream, then massage it into your arms. It’ll temporarily tighten your skin and give it a glow, says Scarlett Messina, a Pennsylvania-based makeup artist.
3. Perfect your complexion. Camouflage any pimples by applying a yellow-based cover-up to counteract the redness. Use a concealer brush to pat it on precisely, then blend the edges with your ring finger, says Tracy Brennan, owner of Kalologie, a beauty boutique in Los Angeles.
4. Pump up the volume. For oomphy, tousled strands, try this trick from Nathaniel Hawkins, a celeb hairstylist who has worked with the Olsen twins: When you’re finished blow-drying your hair, switch to the cool setting, flip your head over, and aim the nozzle around randomly for a few minutes. “This creates pockets of air between your locks so they look extra full,” he says.
5. Sweeten up your cheeks. Create a foxy flush with a deep berry powder blush. Use a fluffy brush to swirl it in small, circular motions over the apples of your cheeks and back toward your hairline, says NYC makeup artist Greg Vaughan. This will blend the color evenly. Try Cargo Blush in Mallorca, $22.
6. Make your gloss multitask. Keep a pearly white lip gloss in your desk drawer to slick not only on your lips but also on your brow bones and cheekbones as highlighter, says Pati Dubroff, an L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist. A universal hue she loves: Dior DiorKiss in Sorbet Meringue, $19.
7. Rework your hair flair. A glittery accessory adds instant glamour to any hairstyle. If you forget to bring one to work, use a brooch from your sweater.
8. Fake a gorgeous glow. Mix one part foundation with one part liquid illuminator, and then use your fingertips to massage it all over your face, says Brennan. Try American Beauty All Over Face Glow in Gold Glow, $15, and Mark Duotint in Double Rose, $6. Top it off with a dusting of a light-reflecting shimmer powder.
9. Sweeten your handshake. Since you’re going to be shaking hands and mingling, mist your fragrance on your palms so that your touch will release a small amount of scent throughout the night.
10. Work a sexy updo. Starting with dry locks, tease the hair around your crown, then flip your head upside down and mist the underneath layers with hair spray, says Patrick Melville, creative director of Warren-Tricomi salons. Flip back up, then gather all of your hair — except the front section — into a loose bun and secure with bobby pins. Now mist those face-framing pieces with hair spray and use a round brush to blow dry them so they’re sleek. Insert a sparkly hair accessory a few inches above one of your ears.
11. Prep your lids. Before you apply any eye makeup, blend a creamy concealer onto your lids and into the inner corners of your eyes. This will give your shadow a base to stick to and conceal any redness.
12. Score perfect party legs. If you don’t have enough time for a full in-the-shower shaving session, just smooth baby oil onto your legs before you take the razor to them, says Dana Minkin, owner of the Gloss Day Spa in New York City. “The oil protects your skin and will leave your legs extra satiny.”
13. Revive your manicure. Slick a shiny, clear top coat over whatever polish you have on your nails. It’ll give them a glossy finish and prevent nicks so your mani will look freshly done, says Sunshine Outing, a nail technician at Haven spa in New York City.
14. Go for a smoldering stare. A smoky eye effect is a classic night-out look. To do it: Line the rim of your upper and lower lashes with a black eyeliner, says Charlie Green, an NYC makeup artist who works with Heidi Klum. Now use a stiff brush to smudge the pencil into your lashes. Finish by sweeping a dark shadow onto your lids.
15. Nix a shiny nose. Left your powder compact at home? Tone down a glaring T zone with a piece of one of those toilet-seat covers in the ladies’ room. It’ll act as a blotting paper, says Mary Lisa, a makeup artist at the Julien Farel salon in NYC.
16. Flip up your eye fringe. Don’t have an eyelash curler on hand? You can use a sturdy plastic spoon instead, says Mary Lisa. Just press the curved end into your eye socket so the edge flips up your lashes, then swipe on your mascara.
17. Make a hair headband. Here’s an easy-to-do style that’ll make loose locks look superchic. First, blow-dry your strands so they’re straight, then create a side part, says Enzo Angileri, a Los Angeles stylist who works with Charlize Theron and Lucy Liu. Now pull the front two inches of your hair taut below the upper layers and secure them together with an elastic. Spritz with hair spray. He recommends Matrix Freeze Trix, $12.95.
18. Bedazzle your body. Enhance your cleavage by dusting a shimmery body powder over the tops of your breasts. And to prevent the sparkles from rubbing off on your outfit (and your date’s shirt), first apply a body lotion so the powder has something to cling to, says Green. She uses Victoria’s Secret All That Shimmers Body Powder and Brush, $27.
19. Cop the ultimate blowout. The secret to perfectly straight strands: After you’re finished blow-drying your hair, flip your head over. While you’re upside down, use a flatiron to smooth out any kinky pieces in the underneath sections of your hair, says Angileri.
20. Pare down your loot. If you don’t have enough room in your purse for all of your primpers, just carry a balm like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $15. You can use it as a lip gloss, a cuticle balm or a face highlighter.
21. Scent your strands. Put a small amount of an oil-based fragrance on your fingertips and then run them through your hair, says Sarah Horowitz-Thran, founder of The House of Creative Scentualization. Oil will linger in your locks longer than a traditional spray version, and it won’t dry out your do.
22. Enhance your natural hue. To pump up your hair color and add tons of shine to your tresses, use a temporary color-depositing conditioner before a big event, says Hawkins. To get the best benefit, let it sit on just-washed hair for about 15 minutes. The results will last through a few shampoos.
23. Tune up tired tresses. If you’re productless and your hair looks frizzy, wet your hands, then smooth your palms over your strands. The water will reactivate any products you applied in the a.m.
24. Soften your heels. Get your feet in shape for strappy sandals by first sloughing them in the shower with a pumice stone, says Stephanie Sakoff, creator of Lucky Chick bath products. Then slather on an ultrathick foot lotion and put on a pair of cotton socks to help the moisturizer soak in while you finish getting ready. Try Lucky Chick Spearmint Foot Fetish Foot and Leg Cream, $20.
25. Get 24-karat eyes. The perfect complement to dramatic red lips: glistening gold eyes. To get the look, use your finger to blend a cream eye shadow onto lids. If you’re pale, go for a light champagne tone; if your skin is medium or olive, opt for a bronze color, says Vaughan.
26. Glam up your liner. Instead of using a basic eyeliner, go for one that’s spiked with flecks of shimmer, says NYC makeup artist Paula Dorf. She created Paula Dorf Eye Color Glimmer in Mambo, $18, to make any eye color look extra sparkly.
27. Restyle your pony. For an easy, elegant tress effect, use a fine-tooth comb to tease your roots at the crown of your head. Then gather your hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic, says Spresa Bojkovic, owner of the Damian West salon in NYC. Pull out a one-inch piece of hair, wrap it around the elastic and secure the end underneath the ponytail with a bobby pin.
28. Look pretty in pictures. Avoid a shiny-looking complexion caused by a camera flash by applying a mattifying lotion to your T zone before you put on your makeup, says Vaughan. It’ll keep oil at bay all night. One we like: Estée Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Oil-Control Hydrator, $32.50.
29. Spray it on. To give your skin a sexy sheen in seconds, fill a spray bottle with a dry body oil and mist it all over right after you shower, says Minkin. We like Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil, $25.
30. Pick the perfect product. You really need to keep only one styler at the office for postwork primping, says Richard Corio, a stylist at the Sally Hershberger salon in NYC. A quick guide depending on your hair type: Curly-haired girls should go for a texturizing cream. If you have straight strands, try a smoothing serum. And short locks will get the most help from a nonsticky gel.
31. Place your scent strategically. Before you go to work in the morning, mist your bra and undies with your favorite fragrance. The perfume will adhere to the fabric and last until you get undressed. This way, you don’t have to lug your fragrance around in your bag.
32. Turn on your radiance. No need to wash your face and start a new makeup job from scratch. Instead, pat a light face moisturizer over your day makeup, says Troy Surratt, NYC makeup artist. “It’ll instantly give you a fresh, dewy look.” Then go ahead and do your touching up.
33. Have some hair foresight. If you know about your p.m. plans in advance, try to wake up a bit earlier that morning to give your mane a supersleek blowout before work, says Corio. “This will ensure that it still looks good later on, whether you want to put it up or just wear it down.”
34. Rock red-hot lips. For a sexy lip effect, a scarlet pout is the way to go. After applying the lipstick, layer a matching lip liner over it. This will fix any uneven edges and give your lip color a long-lasting, velvety finish.
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35. Fix stinky strands. If your locks smell like a bar, rub a fabric-softener sheet along the length of your hair, starting at your roots, says senior stylist Elvin Arvelo, co-owner of the Julien Farel salon in NYC.
36. Fake awake eyes. To create the illusion of well-rested peepers, use a flesh-toned pencil to line the lower inner rims of your eyes, says Dorf. “This area is usually bloodshot when you’re tired, and the pencil will offset the redness so your eyes look bright.”
37. Perk up your skin. Drinking alcohol can make your complexion look dull. Use a moisturizing face mask to pump up your glow, says Gabrielle Ophals, co-owner of Haven spa in NYC. Keep one in the fridge so it’ll also wake you up when you use it.
38. Fudge clean locks. If there’s no time to shampoo, dip a makeup brush into baby powder (or matte bronzer if your hair is dark) and sweep it over your roots, says Jet, owner of the Jet Rhys salon, in San Diego.
39. Ditch dark circles. To camouflage undereye circles, use a salmon-hued concealer. The pinkish shade counteracts bluish undertones.
40. Befriend your bedhead. Instead of trying to wrestle messy morning-after hair into submission, work with the rumpled texture, says Hawkins. Just scrunch some curl-enhancing mousse into your dry locks to tame frizz and bring out your natural waves. He prefers Tresemmé Curl-Enhancing Mousse, $4.