Reinvent yourself for fall

Start the season on a high note with seven do-it-yourself makeover tips

Do you need a little pick-me-up but not the transformation (or expense) of a whole new style? Freshen up your look from head to toe with seven simple tricks.

Quality colour

Looking to trade in your sun-bleached look for a darker autumn shade? Get a quick and easy change with at-home hair colour. Foolproof kits and a wide variety of hues mean you can get anything from a dramatic new ‘do to subtle highlights. Ask a friend to help you out if you’re feeling apprehensive, and make sure to read all instructions carefully.

The white stuff

A smile can be your best accessory – it’s flattering and it always fits! So it’s important to take care of your pearly whites. Professional procedures can get pricey, so save some money and add some sparkle to your smile at home. Specially formulated toothpastes, stay-on strips and overnight gels make it simple, safe and easy to keep your teeth white and bright.

Pucker up

If there’s one item every woman should have in her purse it’s a flattering lip gloss. Choose a tube to get you through everything from grabbing groceries to date night with your honey. Subtle shine makes lips appear fuller, and a hint of colour looks natural, not overpowering.

Smooth away wrinkles

So you want soft spa-like skin without spending a fortune? Formerly by-appointment-only, microdermabrasion now comes in new do-it-yourself kits that promise glowing smoother skin at home. Don’t be intimidated; just follow the directions and use common sense – experimenting the day before your sister’s wedding is not a good idea.

Smooth out cellulite

Fact: 90 percent of women have cellulite no matter what they weigh – and it can get worse with time. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to fight it. If you want to reduce cellulite’s dimpled effect, there’s hope. Specially formulated creams that promise smoother tighter skin have hit drugstore shelves. Keep in mind that these products can’t get rid of cellulite for good, but if they help boost confidence, they’re worth it!

Nail the perfect paint job

There’s nothing prettier than perfectly polished nails! Try a do-it-yourself manicure and pedicure. Then indulge your hard-working hands and feet with a deep moisturizing cream meant just for them. Feeling luxurious? Try wearing cotton gloves and socks to bed after moisturizing. You’ll wake up with baby-soft hands and feet, the perfect complement to your pretty mani-pedi!

Treat yourself

Fall is prime-time for shopaholics! With a bevy of great coats, sweaters and boots hitting the shelves, the beginning of autumn is the perfect time to update your wardrobe. If you can’t afford to splurge, opt for a few great scarves and belts or a classic pair of vintage heels.

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