Surprising Complexion Improvers

We're constantly barraged with new products to help our skin glow or fade past blemishes -- but there are easy ways to either cut back on these products or help them work harder for you. These unexpected beauty hacks take creams out of the equation with straightforward, start-today tips to put you on the path to perfectly luminous skin.

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Thicken Thinning Lashes

It's not your imagination. Your once lush lashes might actually be thinner these days -- a byproduct of aging and sometimes too much wear and tear. Fortunately, there are ways to thicken up your fine fringe instantly: makeup and over-time solutions that can promote new lash growth.

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It's a common beauty complaint: In the a.m., your eyeliner and mascara look flawless, but by 3 p.m. it looks like you've slept in your makeup. Since you're probably not snoozing on the job, the source of your smudges is most likely liner or mascara that mixes with oil and sweat and migrates down to your undereyes. Here, easy tricks to clean up your act and prevent your next eye makeup meltdown.

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Goof-Proof Self-Tanners

If you like the look of a deep tan or even just a subtle, sun-kissed glow, sunless tanner is the only way to go (no skin-damaging UV rays!). But we all know application can be tricky. One false move and you can be left with an obvious streak that lasts for days. Fortunately, the latest crop of glow getters makes a faux tan faux pas free.

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We're all for having fun and experimenting, but by the time you hit the big 3-0, you should be able to commit to a few reliable, no-fail beauty products. We asked top hair, makeup, and skin pros to reveal the stuff they think should be in every 30-something's bathroom.

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Glow-Getters: 9 Ways to Get Glowing Skin

One of the first signs of skin aging: dullness. Fortunately, it's easy to reclaim your radiance. We found nine ways to take your skin from drab to dazzling, including top skin sloughers and foods that deliver glowing skin.

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    • Where Did Your Glow Go?

      It happens to all of us: At some point -- usually in your 30s -- you start to notice that your skin isn't quite as radiant as it was in your younger years. "Skin loses its natural hydration in its outer layer, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells," says Jeanette Graf, M.D., a dermatologist in Great Neck, NY. "Natural enzymes require hydration to release the dead skin," she explains. "When these enzymes can't work, the buildup occurs." So what can you do about it? Click through for simple ways to get rid of the buildup and other tricks to boost your glow instantly.


    • Scrub Up

      A facial scrub has a gritty consistency that buffs away dead skin cells. “The key is to go gently since mechanical scrubs, when used with too much pressure, can cause irritation,” Graf says. She suggests a formula that contains smooth beads -- not fruit pits, which can be too rough for facial skin. Try Garnier Invigorating Daily Scrub ($8; ulta.com) with jojoba beads.

    • Go for Glycolic

      Glycolic acid, a chemical exfoliant, works by dissolving the gluelike bonds that keep dead cells stuck on skin's surface. Graf suggests using a daily cleanser that contains the acid or a twice-weekly, at-home peel. Try Bliss That's Incredi-Peel ($49; ulta.com).

    • Power Up

      Battery-operated cleansing brushes don't just give skin a deep clean, they also aid in skin sloughing. The oscillating bristles gently loosen up dead skin cells, Graf says. Try Olay Professional Pro X Advanced Cleansing System ($25.49; ulta.com).

    • Hit the Kitchen…

      A spa facial is a surefire way to boost skin's brilliance. Can't get there? Make an at-home mask from ingredients found in your kitchen like this one from celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas.

      6 teaspoons grape-seed oil

      2 drops rose oil

      1 teaspoon warmed honey

      5 teaspoons ground almonds to form a paste

      Apply to skin and rinse after 20 minutes.

      Why it works: "The grape-seed oil is an awesome antioxidant, while the rose oil will restore that amazing glow we're all looking for," Vargas says. "The honey will hydrate skin and erase fine lines, and the ground almonds will gently exfoliate," she adds.

    • …Then Whip up a Snack

      While you're in the kitchen, fix yourself a glow-enhancing snack. "Dietary imbalances can have a direct effect on our skin health," says celebrity nutritionist Paula Simpson. One of the most common: a lack of essential fatty acids, which help skin retain its moisture so it doesn't get that dull, dehydrated look, she says. Get one serving a day of omega-3 fatty acids from a handful of walnuts, flax, or chia seeds, suggests Simpson.

    • Anti-Age with Algae

      Products infused with sea algae can rev up your radiance, Graf says. The marine extract stimulates skin's microcirculation, giving you a healthy flush, she explains. To make it even more effective, smooth on an algae-containing cream after exfoliating so it penetrates better, Graf says. Find it in Philosophy Miracle Worker Overnight ($68; sephora.com).

    • Fake It with Makeup

      Get instant luminosity from liquid highlighter. Stila celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero suggests mixing a champagne shade into your foundation or moisturizer (blend in the palm of your hand) for an all-over glow. "It looks like you're walking around in the perfect lighting," Lucero says. Try Stila One Step Illuminate ($36; sephora.com).

    • See Your Colorist

      A slight tweak to your hair color can take skin from blah to beaming. "Have your colorist add a few brighter ribbons of color around your face," says Laurie Daniel, a colorist at Eva Scrivo Salon in New York City. Go one to two shades lighter than your natural color, she suggests.

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      Get Even

      If splotches and spots are standing in the way of your glowing skin, consider a topical skin brightener, which delivers more even skin over time. Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector ($15; target.com), which contains soy and vitamin A to fade dark areas.

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      10 Dry Skin Fixes from Your Kitchen

      The remedy for dry, itchy skin could be in your pantry. Staples like your go-to cooking oil and favorite breakfast food can be used to soften and hydrate a dull, dehydrated face and body. Not the DIY type? Just order in; try a premade product that contains the same edible ingredient (but please, don't actually eat it).
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