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Cheap but chic beauty tricks

Rework your basics

You don't need a ton of new products to look your absolute hottest. In fact, some of your best beauty tricks may be in your makeup drawer right now, just waiting to be used in a new way.

Fresh, Flawless Skin

Rub face primer on your body.

If you wear skin-revealing dresses, your legs and arms need to shine. The pros smooth on regular makeup primer. "Primers contain light diffusers that even out and enhance your skin tone," explains Miller. "So it's great to apply them anywhere you want to draw extra attention."

Swirl cherry lip gloss on your cheeks.

Dick Paish, artistic director for Shiseido the Makeup, recommends using bright red gloss or balm on your apples to enhance your natural glow. "You can layer on more or less to get the exact level of rosiness that you want," he says.

Trade bronzer for blush.

To get the chiseled cheekbones from the catwalks, sweep bronzer (instead of powder blush) onto the hollows of the cheeks. "This creates shadows and depth so your cheekbones stand out more," notes Paish. You also can use a darker shade of powder.

"Paint" on your foundation.

To get the airbrushed look of runway models: Use a makeup brush to put on liquid foundation."The bristles evenly distribute the product, so you get this soft veil of coverage," says Miller. When going over tricky areas (like under the eyes or around the nose), squeeze the tip to flatten the edge to smooth out lines. Every few days, remember to wash your brush with shampoo to remove buildup.

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