Looking good doesn't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, it doesn't have to cost a thing. There are plenty of ways to look better without spending a single penny. We talked with top dermatologists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and estheticians to score their secrets for looking your best for the best price of all: free. Read their tips here.
De-puff while you sleep
Banishing puffy eyes overnight is as easy as changing the way you sleep. "Elevating your head with pillows while sleeping helps the fluids from gathering around the under-eye area," says celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow. Got a few cents to spare? "Cucumbers and cold chamomile tea bags are great, too," she adds.
Standing tall can have long-term benefits. "My mother-in-law is 93 years old and has amazing posture," says dermatologist Dr. Kathy Fields, co-creator of Proactiv skin care. "She looks at least 20 to 30 years younger because of it! It’s the cheapest tip on earth and good for your health."
Create a face-flattering ponytail
“Anyone can pull off a sleek high ponytail," says stylist Oliver Ifergan of the Oliver Ifergan Atelier in Beverly Hills. "The trick is to find the most flattering angle for your bone structure." Ifergan's easy trick: "Pull the hair back, then with your pointer and middle finger follow the cheek bone all the way back, and voila! You have the perfect ponytail position.”
Freshen up your face
It only takes a couple of minutes to perk up tired-looking skin, says Dallas esthetician Renée Rouleau. "Massage your knuckles underneath the eyes and above the cheekbones," she explains. "Do this for two minutes after cleansing and moisturizing in order to create a more active blood flow." (When blood doesn't circulate enough, skin starts looking dull.) That's why Rouleau says, "A two-minute massage will help nutrients to resurface, leaving your skin with a revitalized glow."
Can't figure out why you're breaking out on your forehead? Your hair care could be to blame, says New York City dermatologist Dr. Ellen Gendler. "Sometimes the oils from the hair and products that people use in the hair can contribute to acne," she says. Rinse conditioner off the body, and keep hair styling products away from your skin. The result: a clearer complexion, without spending a penny.
Lose the sweetness
"Neither start your day nor end your day with sugar," says Bren Lee Gomez, an esthetician and makeup artist in Los Angeles. "If you start off eating or drinking something with refined sugar, you'll be sallow and dehydrated by lunch time and require even more sugar to keep going. If you eat sugar just before bedtime, you'll wake up with dehydrated skin."