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Three beauty tips that won't break the bank

Mila Kunis reportedly calls upon $7,000 facials to stay glowing, and Anne Hathaway is rumored to spend nearly $1,000 to get lush locks with stylist Ted Gibson, but the rest of us need not break the bank to look beautiful. This week, I've rounded up three must-do tips, all within your beauty budget.

Splurge to save on your hair

No need to get a four-digit 'do. You, too, can rock great tresses by investing a few extra bucks into taking care of them. Investing in salon-quality hair-care products will actually save you money in the long run by protecting the great color, cut or texturizing treatment you purchased at your local salon. Start by shampooing less; every other day should more than do it. Then, invest in a great conditioner and use it generously with tepid, not hot, water. I like Redken's collection including the All Soft Conditioner, available at local salons. Extend the life of color-treated hair by asking your stylist apply a clear gloss right after color; this wards off fading. Finally, once you leave the salon, don't wash hair for up to 48 hours after color is applied.

Groom brows to define eyes

Far too many women overlook grooming their brows, perhaps because many of us are uncomfortable wielding tools like pointy brow pencils. While immaculate brows are a must, there's no need to earn an art degree in order to create that ideal arch. Start by committing to some basic trimming, tweezing or waxing to get your shape right, then simply apply a layer of clear mascara to brows to keep them well-behaved. I use LashControl's patented squeezable mascara in clear. A $20 tube, available at upscale salons and spas, lasts more than six months and serves up daily brow wow.

Pucker up to pretty

Wearing brightly colored lipstick is one of the most affordable ways to get bang for your beauty buck. And while picking a shade that complements you is important, there are a few tips I've picked up that really make wearing jewel-toned lipstick doable. Vividly colored lipstick requires a smooth base, so start by gently running a toothbrush over lips to exfoliate. Next, coat your mouth beyond the lip line with a layer of Chapstick; this helps keep the color you'll soon apply from feathering. After applying color, blot with tissue, reapply and then add a dab of eye shadow in a metallic tone to the center of your bottom lip only. This adds sparkle to your hue, sets the color and creates a pouty effect on the bottom lip.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.

Three beauty tips that won't break the bank 10/27/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:02pm]
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