Give Yourself a Makeover for 2009

How to give yourself a new makeover for 2009 without breaking the bank.

Betty’s New Year, New You Series

Give Yourself a Budget Makeover

You don’t need a lot of money to get a new look

-Paige Herman Axel

Betty’s New Year, New You Series is dedicated to making 2009 your best year ever. Find more articles in the series below.

woman applying makeupMakeup
The easiest way to change your look is by changing your makeup – but yes, this can be an expensive undertaking. If you aren’t looking to drop a big chunk of change, a new lipstick in a new-to-you shade can be enough to give your look a lift. Even better, go to your local department store, have them make you up before a big night out, and buy just a lipstick to quell your guilty conscience.

Skin
How about making a resolution to take care of your skin this year? For an instant pick-me-up, try setting aside a little time in the morning to apply a mask. Sure, you may be used to taking this extra skincare step at night, but if you choose the right one, you can be starting the day with a healthy flush and great, dewy skin. One to try: Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque has been around for ages, and there’s a reason it won’t go away. $3.99, drugstore.com

hair extentionsHair Style
Changing your hair often involves more commitment than other makeover strategies, but it doesn’t have to. Instead of chopping it all off or drastically changing the color, a temporary new look can be the perfect stepping stone to a longer-lasting makeover. Again, this doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you buy synthetic clip-in extensions like POP Put ON Pieces that can be worn over and over again. Visit hairuwear.com to find a retailer near you.

Teeth
Nothing brightens up your face like a white smile. All you need is a trip to the drugstore, a few days and about $30 to make a noticeable difference. Just how bright you can get depends on your starting shade, but expect results both you and those around you will notice.

Self tan
Just about everyone looks better with a tan, and luckily there are countless wallet-friendly products to help you kick that pasty winter complexion to the curb. I suggest a gradual tanner so you don’t show up to work with an island-worthy tan in just one day. One to try: The Jergens Natural Glow line contains formulations for both body and face, and daily application yields a fabulous tan in less than a week. About $6 each, drugstores nationwide.

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