Darlings, do you ever wonder why some women always look so fabulous. I’ll tell you: they take care of themselves. They also know a few timeless fashion tricks anyone can use to look fabulous fast. Getting that extra oomph doesn’t take a fortune, but it does take care and time – not a lot, but enough for that polished look.
It also helps to use your imagination to channel inspiration from celebrities and designers you admire. Don’t hesitate to borrow from Megan, Jennifer or your favourite glossy magazine. Or maybe you fancy a more iconic look, like Brigitte Bardot. Why not? Stars borrow from screen icons all the time. Don’t go for a carbon copy; just borrow elements for a knockout look. Summer is the time to play. Treat yourself with loving care and you will look and feel fabulous – fast.Buy a summer dress. It can cost just $30 at H&M or New York Connection. Make sure you feel fabulous in it. You want something basic, like a black t-shirt dress, white peasant style, or basic shift. All these styles can be dressed up or down and changed with jewels, hats, scarves and shoes to suit your mood and needs. The point is to get a fabulous base and accessorize it to suit your mood. If you can afford a better dress, go for it, but get one or more and make them your canvas.If you are absolutely not a dress person, get a great summer shirt and a stunning pair of white pants to wear it with. Make sure the colour is fabulous on you. Dress it up or down and change the look with accessories. This summer you are a chameleon, an actress, and a diva!Get you hair trimmed or styled. If you are growing it, get a recommendation for a stylist who will respect your wishes to trim only a scant eighth of an inch. A good trim makes all the difference as to how hair swings. Skip pricey salon deep-conditioning treatments; you can buy a good one and do several treatments for the price of one salon session. I love Wen by Chaz Dean www.chazdean.com.Highlights around the face can be flattering, but right now a single glossy color is all the rage. Learn to touch up your roots or fresh up your own colour at home. Roots look cheap and are aging too! Use Clairol Root Touch Up Kit frequently, or buy a gentle rinse in colour. If you can’t afford pricey up-keep, get subtle highlights or go for a colour near your own. You will look better and fresher.Find a sheer red lipstick or shiny pastel lip gloss and wear it. The best way to find your perfect red is at cosmetic counters, such as MAC, Clinque, Laura Mercier, Chanel – they all have a wide range of good reds, and good staff to help you. If you are looking for drug store range, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche with Anti-Aging Serum has fabulous shades as well as several great reds. I have a wide selection of these lipsticks and wear them all the time. I love them, as does our staff – women of all ages. The plumping is terrific. It can be challenging to find the shades at the drug store, but it’s worth it. The new Chanel Rouge Cocohas gorgeous shades too. They are soft, flattering and sexy – worth a splurge. I adore this lipstick too!Invest in a light pastel eye shadow to flatter you eye colour. Go neutral with pale pink or beige, or try a pretty light lavender or pale blue – no shocking turquoise. The Cover Girl compacts in Dance Party for lavender or Smoky Shadow Blast are an inexpensive but effective way to experiment with this pretty trend. Think of a pale wash across your lid, not a heavy wave of colour. The effect is feminine, flirty, and straight off the runway. Add couple of coats of black mascara. www.covergirl.caMascara is essential, if you are allergic to mascara, try Latisse to grow long dark lashes or Lamas Beauty Radiance Night Lash Masque, a natural lash treatment and darkener that seems to work for many who are allergic to mascara. http://www.lamasbeauty.com/kits/lnr300.htmlBuy a good fitting pair of white jeans or a white denim skirt. White is timeless, classy, and flattering. It will update your wardrobe and make it look fresh. The Gap and L’Express have many styles of jeans and a wide range of sizes at good prizes. Most women look best in a straight-cut jean with a waist that hits at or just below their natural waist.Get a soft denim jacket in pale wash or white, or a casual “boyfriend blazer” to top your spring and summer outfits. This is much better than trying to wear a too-heavy fall jacket over your spring and summer outfits, which looks wrong. These jackets are inexpensive and will last several seasons. The Gap has several inexpensive good-looking versions of both. Do not buy the jacket too big.Shop for good-looking wedges, ballets flats, and causal sandals that are comfortable to wear. Do not wear running shoes when you are not in the gym.Get in the habit of doing a weekly pedicure and manicure at home; the monthly ones most women get are not enough. Use OPI nail polish, like most nail shops, in a sexy neutral or perfect red. Or treat yourself to a cute black lacquered-topped bottle of Chanel. Perfect hands and feet look expensive and chic. No time for polish? Use a quick coat of clear and buy a jar of five-second manicure. Five-second manicure is a jar of oil and gentle abrasive your dip your hands into, to rub off dead skin and cuticles. Then, you just need file to your nails.Keep a good body lotion by your bed and apply it night. Don’t forget your feet!Use sun block daily. Keep it in your car and apply it to your hands before you turn the key. Driving can really age your hands and face.Treat yourself to a relaxing face masque a few times a week. You will be amazed at the difference in your skin, and it takes only 15 minutes. If this sounds extravagant, think about it! A facial costs about $100, but a masque costs about $40 to $60 for a jar or tube. It will last several months – even used as lavishly as I recommend. What a reasonable treat and you get instant results! I love all the masques from Elizabeth Grant; they work and are fabulous value! www.elizabethgrant.com. I also like Clarins Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask www.clarins.com. By the way, this does not replace the ministrations of experts, but it really helps in between.If you like a little glow, start to use a gradual self-tanner now so you don’t have to worry about a smooth application. Just replace your regular body lotion with Olay Quench with Touch of Sun. Inexpensive and it works. I love this gentle approach to getting a glow. It doesn’t streak and it’s easy to maintain. The shades look natural too, and there’s no nasty smell!To give your face a glow try, Dior Bronze Sun Powder Spray. It comes in two shades. Dior Bronze Sun Powder Spray is a self tanner that goes on evenly and gives you instant colour too. $60. On a budget? Try Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Shimmer Bronzer. It comes in several shades and has anti-oxidants as well as self-tanning action at $14.95.Sort your accessories and organize them. You have more than you think. If they are organized you will wear them. Get used to tying a scarf in your hair or on your bag this summer. Try to find a signature accessory for yourself. Mine is a bold bracelet. Buy a magazine and then shop your drawers and closets for the trends. It is old advice, but have you tried it! It’s amazing what even 25-year-olds have stashed.If any of this feels silly to you, think again darlings. You are never beyond looking fabulous. The secret of women who do is that they try.