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January 15, 2013

9 tips to cure your bad grooming habits

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The Fix: Spray each wrist separately, along with your décolletage. If you overdo it, smear a little rubbing alcohol on the application points to dilute. Or, for a fool-proof option, gently dab on fragrance using a roll-on. Try Marchesa's parfum d'extase roller ball with hints of lilac and star anise ($25, Sephora).

4. Don't Think Red Lipstick Isn't for You

"Playing with makeup is half the fun of being a girl," says D.C. beauty blogger Lara Ramos of Theglossarie.com. "Just let loose." Perhaps the most feminine beauty product out there is a tube of bright-red lipstick. While you may initially balk at the "Look-at-me!" Marilyn Monroe-meets-Gwen Stefani vibe, Ramos thinks true reds work for every skin tone. Not ready to take the plunge? Use your finger to dab a little red on and top it with a sheer gloss.

The Fix: True reds — the unshaded hues of stop signs, cherries and fire trucks — are universally flattering. We're sweet for Illamasqua's matte lipstick in Box ($24, Sephora); Ramos swears by Maybelline's Red Revival ($8, CVS).

5. Don't Pluck Your Eyebrows Too Close to The Mirror

Here a hair, there a hair, and before you know it, you've plucked yourself into a Dr. Evil look-alike. Sculpting your brows too close to a mirror means you can lose sight of their overall shape. "Eyebrows are so important — they frame your face. It's almost as impactful as having your hair colored," Beck says.

The Fix: Get your brows groomed by a professional and maintain upkeep of strays, steering clear of the arch itself. No time to consult with the pros? Anastasia Beverly Hills' brow stencils provide an easy-to-follow blueprint for petite, slim, medium, high or full arches ($20, Sephora).

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