Nine shortcuts to looking much better this autumn
See in autumn with a beauty overhaul the easy way. Lisa Haynes reveals nine quick steps to have you looking wonderful.
You're considering: Lip fillers
Shortcut: Lip pumping product
Take the needle-free option to a cushion-like pout with an instant plumping gel. To get prolonged but natural volume, aim to apply three times daily before your regular lipstick or gloss.
TRY: Transformulas Lip Volume, £29.95 (transformulas.com)
You're considering: Hair extensions
Shortcut: Hair thickening fibres
Camouflage scalp show-through and fill out wispy locks with micro-fibres that bind to even super-fine hair strands in seconds. Sprinkle on in areas you need a fullness fix and they'll stay put until you next shampoo.
TRY: Toppik Hair Building Fibers, from £6.95 for 3g travel size (toppik.co.uk)
You're considering: Laser teeth whitening
Shortcut: Whitening boosters
Ramp up your daily brushing with add-on whitening serums that lift stains and brighten teeth. Stick to a twice-daily regime and you can expect a smile that's five shades whiter in two weeks.
TRY: Pearl Drops Pure White Whitening Kit, £25 (boots.com)
You're considering: Botox injections
Shortcut: Skin-tightening device
Get tighter skin with a high-tech tool that (safely) heats skin tissue and stimulates natural collagen production. Use religiously five times a week for a month for optimum face firming.
TRY: NEWA Beauty Tool, £350, from October (newabeauty.co.uk)
You're considering: Medi pedi
Shortcut: Intensive Foot Peel
Shift the hard skin that's accumulated over summer with an alpha hydroxy acid peel specifically for feet. Pop on the booties for two hours, and dead skin will peel off over seven days.
TRY: Skin Republic Foot Peel Foot Mask, £9.99 (graftonsbeauty.co.uk)
You're considering: Laser hair removal
Shortcut: Targeted cream
Remove stubborn hair and avoid the ouch factor with a depilatory. A precision tip tube avoids mess and dissolves facial hair for up to seven days.
TRY: Nair Upper Lip Kit, £5.29 (www.superdrug.com)
You're considering: Eyelash extensions
Shortcut: High-tech mascara
Encourage growth as you bat voluminous lashes with a two-in-one mascara. A formula with conditioning peptide stimulates keratin for longer eyelashes.
TRY: LashFusion XXL Extreme Volume + Lash Enhancing Mascara Mascara, £24.50 (spacenk.com)
You're considering: Dermal filler
Shortcut: At-home hyaluronic acid
Bypass the hypodermics; you can plump facial tissues without puncturing skin using a combo of hyaluronic acids and peptides. Use for 14 days for a visible plumping effect.
TRY: Fillerina Filler Gel Treatment Kit, from £79 (marksandspencer.com)
You're considering: Pro gel manicure
Shortcut: Nail polish transformer
A polymer-altering base coat and LED lamp combine to cure normal lacquer into a gel mani that stays chip-free for 10 days(ish).
TRY: SensatioNail Polish to Gel Starter Kit, £49.99 (boots.com)