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Super-Easy Steps to Declutter, Beautify, or Transform Any Area of Your Life



Take advantage of your mouth being in hiding (under a mask) and go for slightly more involved treatments.

WHITEN YOUR TEETH “Look for products with clinically proven actives, like hydrogen peroxide,” says Lisa Creaven, cofounder of Spotlight Oral Care. Try Crest Whitening Emulsions 1 Minute Apply and Go ($50; at CVS). Just swipe it on and let it be—the peroxide droplets stay on teeth and whiten throughout the day. No rinsing required.

BRACE YOURSELF Smile Direct Club (from $89 a month; smiledirec­t helps you pull off a straighter smile without a trip to an orthodonti­st. The company sends an impression kit, you mail it back, and then you receive a series of custom-made weekly aligners.


Whether you struggle with thinning hair or want to play around with a commitment­free look, faux clip-ins are comfier and more believable than ever. A few good ones to try:

BANGS: Bellami Cleopatra Clip-In Bangs, $55; bellamihai­ BUN: Insert Name Here Sammy Bun, $38;

PONYTAIL: Luxy Hair 16" Ponytail Extension, $129; FULLNESS: Barefoot Blonde 14" Fill-Ins, $75;

8 Clear Things Up

Hello, confidence. Goodbye, body bumps and irritation.

KERATOSIS PILARIS, a.k.a. chicken skin, results from a buildup of keratin in the hair follicle. You can’t get rid of it for good, but a chemical exfoliant, like glycolic acid, will make it smoother, Levin says. REAL SIMPLE PICK: Glytone Exfoliatin­g Body Lotion, $43;

ECZEMA —those dry, itchy patches—calls for mild formulas with nourishing ceramides. REAL SIMPLE PICK: La RochePosay Cicaplast Baume B5, $15;


If you feel like your look is stuck in the ’90s, it may be because you still pluck like it’s the ’90s. Break the cycle with these tips.

FOR BROWS Drop—OK, just hide—the tweezers for two to four months, Healy says. (Same goes for that 10x mirror.) Instead of tweezing, use a peptide-laced serum, like Joey’s Brow Renovation Serum ($125;, which transforme­d our tester’s brows.

FOR LASHES Avoid waterproof mascara, Healy says, since all the rubbing to remove it can take a toll on your flutter. Go with a conditioni­ng formula, like Bite Beauty Upswing Full-Volume Mascara ($28; For temporary oomph, try falsies. LoveSeen has options for a wide variety of eye and lid shapes (from $20;

10 Save Money and Time Between Color Appointmen­ts


All hair dye—especially red—fades with each shampoo, “so go at least two days between washes if possible,” says Cassondra Kaeding, a celebrity colorist in Los Angeles and Redken ambassador. For a boost, incorporat­e a colordepos­iting mask, like Leonor Greyl Color Enhancing Conditione­r ($65; leonorgrey­

SKIP THE SALON Online options make coloring from your couch so much less of an ordeal (and crapshoot). The Madison Reed and Color & Co. websites help you identify your color match through a quiz. Both offer virtual try-ons and live video consultati­ons too. If you’re camera shy, Madison Reed lets you chat 24/7 with a team of expert colorists, who can answer questions and walk you through the dyeing process.


Rock a headband. Switch up your part. Use brow powder or even eye shadow to disguise new growth. If you’re blonde with dark roots, spritz on some dry shampoo and don’t blend—make the white residue your friend for once. Or touch up with an advanced at-home formula, like dpHue Root Touch-Up Kit ($32;

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