10 instant beauty tricks to go from drab to fab

There is no question that women lead busy lives. Here are tips to looking your best and feeling fabulous every day.

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  • Have you ever had a morning when everything seemed to go wrong? You know, like when you find a stain on your favorite shirt or your hair isn't cooperating?

  • There is no question that women lead busy lives. From school to work to being a wife to raising children, they are squeezing every minute out of every day. But instead of running out the door in the morning looking like you accidentally slept in, here are some tricks to looking fabulous throughout the day, even on those not so great mornings.

  • Curling eyelashes

  • If you happen to suffer from painfully short eyelashes, the answer to your prayers has finally arrived. Instead of paying hundreds of dollars a month on eyelash extensions (who has time for that anyway?), buy an eyelash curler. I know what you're thinking: "Your eyelashes won't stay curled throughout the day." Well, with this simple little trick, your curled lashes will last until sun down! Take five seconds to heat up your eyelash curler with a hairdryer and bam, you have beautiful lashes all day long.

  • Dry shampoo

  • Let's face it, we all have bad hair days (some of us more than others). And unfortunately, those bad hair days usually happen at the most inconvenient times. On days such as these, your first and most important tool should be a can of dry shampoo. This nifty product not only soaks up the moisture in oily, dirty hair, it makes your hair look as if you just left the salon.

  • Setting spray

  • Have you ever wondered how celebrities and those Disney princesses at Disneyland always have flawless makeup throughout the day? Well, there is a secret to their routine. Using a makeup setting spray after you have applied the products to your face will lock them onto your pores for the entire day. No more smudged mascara, cakey foundation, or melting lipstick. Setting spray works absolute miracles.

  • A hint of color

  • Nothing says confidence like a pretty color on your lips. Whether it is a deep red or a dainty pink, wearing lipstick or lip stain can brighten up your smile and your face. Keep it from smudging by putting some translucent face powder on your lips after you apply the color. This helps to set it and keep the color in place.

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  • Accessorize yourself

  • Did you wake up with a big zit on your forehead? One trick to diverting people's attention to something other than that big red spot on your face is to wear a statement necklace. Taking the time to accessorize not only makes your outfit look more complete, but a lovely necklace or a bold bracelet may become a lifesaver when your makeup can't completely cover up your imperfections.

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  • 'Hello, high heels'

  • Everything you have heard about high heels is true. They really do flatter you. Heels elongate your body and cause you to appear leaner. Master your perfect heel walk and you will turn heads wherever you go.

  • Brighten your eyes

  • Your eyes are often one of the greatest assets on your body, and everyone you meet is bound to notice their color and brightness at first glance. If your eyes are suffering from that gritty, tired feeling or appear to be yellowed or bloodshot from hours of straining to look at a computer screen, you may need some help in the brightening department. Try using anti-redness eye drops or drops to simply replenish the moisture. You and countless others are bound to notice the change.

  • Mind the mani

  • One thing you can do to achieve fabulousness is paying attention to the state of your fingernails. Are they dirty? Are they yellowed? Is polish chipping off of them? If you have a moment to spare, slab on a layer of your favorite nail color before you hit the daily grind. You will look extremely put together as you go about your day.

  • Deep conditioner

  • If you are in a constant battle with dry or frizzy hair, there is a solution for you. Investing in an affordable deep conditioner and using it once a week on your hair can have an amazingly positive impact on the state of your flowing locks. Deep conditioner nourishes, adds shine and smoothes out your hair, leaving you looking your best.

  • Embrace your individuality

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  • Be you. Dress to express yourself and stand away from the crowd. Take the time to go through your wardrobe to ditch the drab and invest in the fab. Nothing feels better than showing off your wardrobe, and websites like Jane.com have daily boutique deals that can update any lackluster wardrobe without sucking the life out of your wallet. Whatever you choose to wear, do so with a smile and confidence because nothing is more fabulous than taking the time to treat yourself.

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Chakell Wardleigh has a Bachelor of Arts in English. She spends her days silently (mostly) correcting others' grammar. She adores all things nerd, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, and anything else that whisks her away from reality. She currently works as an editor for the FamilyShare team. You can usually find her with her nose in a book, laughing too loudly, or belting out songs from Hamilton.

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