Fake beauty can be fabulous
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Faking Fabulous1 of 9
By Naomi Jaul
You know what they say: If you've got it, flaunt it. And if you don't, fake it. Forget the obviousness of yesterday's press-on nails and spray tans—with the latest beauty products and the right techniques, a little artifice is easy. Here's your guide to faking it, while still looking natural.
Glow On2 of 9
You want the just-back-from-beach glow, but there are only so many trips to Hawaii you can take. The secret to looking bronzed 365 days a year? Gradual tanner. Instead of going from pale to Paris Hilton in a day, build up a subtle bronze with a formula that goes on like a body lotion and gives you a natural glow.
SHOP NOW: Vani-T Bronzing Custard, $26
Flawless Face3 of 9
Sure, you can invest in monthly facials and drink kale juice by the gallon, but there's an easier way to get picture-perfect skin. Get on the fast track to flawless with a BB cream—it will moisturize and protect skin from the sun while evening out your complexion. We love Jane Iredale's formula because it's mineral-based and packed with active botanicals like green tea.
SHOP NOW: Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, $48
Hair's the Thing4 of 9
We've all seen bad extensions, but there is a way to pump up lackluster strands without looking like you've been shipwrecked. This no-commitment product adds both length and volume and goes on like an upside-down headband. Sounds weird, looks awesome—and you can even curl the strands. Keep them looking fresh with a spritz of dry shampoo.
Lash Out5 of 9
To get lush lashes, opt for individual flares, says celebrity eyelash guru Mandy Jacobellis. "Alternate different length all along your lash line to avoid it looking obvious," she adds. Apply eyeliner and mascara, then dip the base of a flare into eyelash adhesive using tweezers. Look downwards into a mirror and place the flare on top of your natural lash at the root—not on the eyelid itself—starting at the outer corner of your eye and adding until you're happy with the look.
SHOP NOW: Ardell Duralash Starter Kit, $10
Nail It6 of 9
If your nails are more stumpy than sophisticated, you don't need to turn to acrylics to get elegant fingers. This press-on manicure provides instant length, color and shine that last around a week. Simply peel off the backing, align the base of the nail close to your cuticle, and press—you're done!
SHOP NOW: Broadway Nails Impress Press-On Manicure, $5
Chalk It Up7 of 9
When even the most sophisticated stars are rocking pastel hair (Dame Helen Mirren, you minx!) it's time to try an out-there hue for yourself—as long as you don't have to commit to sporting magenta hair in business meetings. Enter ombre hair chalks, the temporary, multi-tonal crayons that give you a fleeting rock-star vibe. Simply rub the different colors onto the ends of your damp hair for a chic take on out-there hair that shampoos out easily.
SHOP NOW: Free People Ombre Hair Chalk, $14
Sweet Bun8 of 9
Big, full buns are one of the easiest runway-to-real-way looks—assuming you've got hair like Lady Godiva. If not, you'll need a hair doughnut and some bobby pins. Gather your locks into a high ponytail and pull the doughnut to its base. Find the center of your pony and push the lengths down over the ring until it's covered. Then, with one hand on the center of your bun, slowly start to wind the end of your hair in a circular motion around the ring.
SHOP NOW: Sally Beauty Hair Stylers Mesh Chignon, $4
Hot Tips9 of 9
Some people have the skills (and the patience) when it comes to intricate nail art, but for the rest of us, there's a way to do it without losing your cool. Nail strips like these are the easy way to get the salon look at home. Just peel off the strip, apply to the tip of your nail, file down the excess and set your look with a slick of top coat.